Chico Cabaret

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The Chico Cabaret is a not-for-profit community theater located in Chico, California. The theater opened its doors on January 19, 2001, with its first show The Emperor's New Clothes.[1] Since then, the theater has specialized in professional-quality comedic plays and musicals.[2] The Chico Cabaret is under the Artistic Direction of Phil Ruttenburg.

Originally opening as a dinner theater, the Chico Cabaret began gaining attention for its provocative choice in performances, such as an annual Halloween performance of the Rocky Horror Show, a seductive Summer series of The Best of Broadway, and the recurring original sketch comedy show The Crippling Thoughts of Victor Bonesteel.[3] The dinner was ultimately removed from the program in order to make room for additional seating.

In 2005, the Chico Cabaret was granted status as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.[4] The theater plays host to A Theatre On The Inside-Out,[5] a program developed to provide local teens with the opportunity to write & perform for the purposes of drug prevention, education, and outreach to the community, as well as to Drama Extraordinaire,[6] a performing arts workshop for children with developmental disabilities.


  1. ^ "Chico Cabaret History". Chico Cabaret. 
  2. ^ "Chico Cabaret Mission Statement". Chico Cabaret. 
  3. ^ "Chico Cabaret Production History". Chico Cabaret. 
  4. ^ "Chico Cabaret Non-Profit Status". Chico Cabaret. 
  5. ^ "Theatre On The Inside-Out". Chico Cabaret. 
  6. ^ "Drama Extraordinaire". Far Northern Regional Center. 

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