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Reverend Mother performs to full house

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Cabaret at Studio B in Albion full of ‘great excitement’

Photo by Tom Rivers – The Reverend Mother kept a crowd in stitches last night at the Cabaret at Studio B in Albion.

ALBION – Phyl Contestable passed out buttons that said, “JESUS LOVES YOU, but I’m his favorite.” Contestable is the comedian, “Reverend Mother,” and she kept a packed house laughing last night at the Cabaret at Studio B in Albion.

Amy Sidari opened the venue last weekend with a concert by Marcy Downey. Sidari wants to bring professional entertainment to the community.

“People are excited to have this is their hometown,” said Sidari, owner of Gotta Dance by Miss Amy at 28 West Bank St. “I have great excitement for this.”

She has transformed one of the studios into a cabaret with professional-quality lighting and sound. Sidari has about 20 tables inside the studio that seats nearly 100 people.

Contestable of Hilton once joined the convent. As the Reverend Mother she is dressed as a nun. She is also friends with Downey, who urged her to come to Albion for a show.

“I love Amy’s energy and what she is trying to do out here, bringing the arts out here at this level,” Contestable said.