First-time performers shine at Cabaret Night

Roughly 40 community members gathered in the Chorale Room to watch four new performers and 12 veterans sing their favorite pop and musical theater tunes at the ninth annual Cabaret Night on October 27.

This year, songs varied from “Easy” by Lionel Richie to “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. Others included “Playing Nancy” from Groundhog Day, “Empty Chairs, Empty Tables” from Les Misérables and an Italian piece called “Si, tra i ceppi” from “Berenice.”

Priya Devavaram ’21, who performed in the concert for the first time, said she enjoyed singing a rendition of Adele’s “Love in the Dark.”

“Mr. Horning advised me to perform, and at first I didn’t want to, but once I told my parents about it, they said ‘Oh my God, you have to!’, so I did,” Priya said. “It was more fun than I expected and really interesting to hear my peers perform.”

Other highlights from the evening included faculty performances from  History Teacher Susan Glazer, who sang “Much More” from The Fantasticks and “If I Loved You” from Carousel, and Voice Instructor Adriana Repetto, who sang “Vanilla Ice Cream” from She Loves Me and a duet of  “Till There Was You” from The Music Man with Chorale Teacher Joe Horning. Mr. Horning also sang “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” from Oklahoma!

Mr. Horning said he enjoyed performing but especially liked watching the the student performances.

“For me the highlight of the night was hearing such talented students share their love for singing,” he said. “I was delighted to hear the performers cheer each other on with such enthusiasm.”

“This year the audience was superb,” he added. “They were cheering on the performers at every juncture. That makes a huge difference to a performer—to feel that support when they’re up there on stage.”

Charlotte Shapiro ’20 attended the concert for the first time this year.

“I liked how the performances had a wide range of musical types. Some were show tunes, some were musical blues, and others were soul music,” she said. “It was a good mix.”

Tina Kulow ’20, who performed in her second Cabaret Night, said she always likes the event.

“[Cabaret Night] is a chance for people to perform if they couldn’t be part of a show otherwise,” she said. “It’s a night to have fun and express yourself.”

Debut singer Aanika Patel ’21, who performed “The Night We Met” by Ben Schneider, said she is already eager for next year’s event.

“I had never sung before in front of people and thought this was the best way to start,” she said. “At first I was extremely nervous and did not know what to expect from the event as a whole, but after I went, I felt a lot better. Overall it was a great experience, and I am really looking forward to doing it again.”

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