“La Cage aux Folles” is a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman.
The musical centers around Georges, the owner of the La Cage Aux Folles nightclub, which features a drag show starring his partner and the love of his life, Albin, otherwise known as ZaZa. After twenty years of un-wedded bliss, Georges and Albin face the hardest challenge of their relationship yet: meeting their son, Jean-Michel’s fiance’s parents.
Albin has always raised Jean-Michel, Georges’ biological son, as his own. But when Jean-Michel falls in love and becomes engaged to the daughter of an ultra-conservative, anti-gay politician, Georges feels compelled to try to present a more “traditional” family to Jean-Michel’s potential in-laws. When Albin tries and fails to take on a masculine persona in the role of Uncle Al, he gets more creative in order to find a way to be part of the “meet the parents” experience and presents himself to the future in-laws as Mom.
Based on Jean Poiret’s 1973 French play of the same name, the multi-Tony award-winning La Cage aux Folles is a musical filled with spectacle and heart.
Michelle Mejaski moved to Bend, Oregon from Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, Mike in 1996. She studied tap and jazz since age four at Dixon Dance Studio, On Your Toes Studio, and at Ball State University. Since moving to Bend, she founded Gotta Dance studio & company in 2001 and sold it in 2016 to start Mejaski Choreography & Productions. She has choreographed for: Cascade Theatrical Company, 2nd Street Theater, Topsoil Productions, Cat Call Productions, The Tower Theater, Obsidian Opera, Bend Opera, Shore Thing Productions, Lurking Squirrel Productions, Thoroughly Modern Productions, MVHS, BHS, RHS, and RVHS.
She is the proud director and choreographer for Theater in the Park. Her stage and choreography credits include: Cabaret, Chicago, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, Singing in the Rain, The Rocky Horror Show, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Kiss of the Spider Woman to name just a few!
Michelle is an award winning tap dancer who has had the privilege to train with instructors from Hollywood Vibe, New York City Dance Allice, L.A. Dance Force, NRG, and Manhattan Dance Project. She also travels to NYC to train at the Broadway Dance Center with her favorite instructors. Michelle has had the privilege to tap internationally. She has attended, performed in, and trained with tap legends such as Michele Dorrance, Sam Weber, and Dianna Walker at the Vancouver Canada Tap Festival. She was the first and only American to be accepted into the Croatian Tap Festival where she trained with Chloe Arnold, Sara Reich, and Rueben Sanchez. Her most hilarious privilege was being a back-up dancer for Weird Al Yankovik!
La Cage aux Folles is a show about being exactly who you are. And being who you are unapologetically. It is about acceptance and equality. It is filled with glitter, feathers, extravagant make up, sparkle costumes, and flamboyant production numbers, however, the underlying message resonates ~ love is love. It is about family. It is about honesty and pride. I chose to do La Cage for its humor, its beauty, and most importantly, its message.