Cabaret Oldtown to go on hiatus while owner considers options

WICHITA — Cabaret Oldtown’s current production will end this weekend as planned, but it’s unclear when the next show may be.

“We’re not sure what our future holds,” says owner Christi Moore.

“There’s no decisions that have been made yet.”

Moore says some personal changes are forcing her to make a professional change, too.

“I have spoken to potential buyers of the theater,” she says. “I have reached out to others who have expressed interest in the past.”

Moore leases space for the downtown theater at 412 E. Douglas.

After “Sweet Southern Comfort Rock ’n’ Roll” ends this weekend, Moore says the theater will take a hiatus.

In 2005, she bought the business from founder Christine Tasheff.

“It’s my hope that it can continue, and I would love to be a part of it in some way,” Moore says. “At this point I’m not sure if it’s going to be a situation where I manage the theater under new ownership or if I would be leaving altogether.”

Moore says she’s told her staff that she’s “entertaining a lot of different options at this point.”

“We’ll probably work on at least one more project. I just don’t know when that’s going to happen,” she says. “Whether that is a concert series, whether that is a full-blown production, that’s just unknown right now.”

What’s clear, Moore says, is she “can’t continue in the current situation.”

“I’m trying to be positive about it,” she says. “I’m also excited about the possibilities of what my life has in store.”

Moore says she wants to thank Cabaret fans for their support.

“Stay tuned,” she says.

In the meantime, Moore says she hopes people come to see her one-woman show of songs from the ’60s this weekend.

“I would love for them to. It’s a great show. I’m super proud of it,” she says.

If they don’t come, Moore says, “They might not get a chance for a while.”