Cabaret Nights

by Briana Lao, Copy Editor

Cabaret Nights are not a rare occurrence at the school. The musical theatre program plans a Cabaret Night on an almost monthly basis and the student showcases do not disappoint.

Featuring food and talent from Mr. Brian Grunkowski’s musical theatre production class, students are invited to perform their favorite songs, which typically range from modern pop songs to older songs originally performed on Broadway.

I’ve been to three out of four Cabaret Nights so far this year (I didn’t even realize Cabaret Nights existed until the second one came around) and plan on going to every one I can in the future. I have never been disappointed in the featured Cabaret Night performances and the students’ voices have never failed to give me goosebumps, a feeling of euphoria, and the occasional tear in my eye.

In my opinion, one of the best Cabaret Night performances I’ve ever had the privilege to watch was senior Mary Butcher’s rendition of “She Used to Be Mine” from Sara Bareilles’ musical, “Waitress”. Mary’s performance was wrought with passion and emotion, and multiple members of the audience, including myself, were crying by the second verse.

The school’s theatre program is incredible and I can’t speak highly enough of it. Even a UNT theatre major has told me that he was impressed by the ridiculously great amount of talent exhibited at the most recent Valentine’s Day Cabaret Night.

The cabarets are usually free (one show was $5 a head) and last around an hour, so there is no reason to miss out on the excitement of Cabaret Night’s food and musical talent due to time constraints or a low budget. Every student at the school with any interest in music, supporting the arts, or simply supporting other students should most definitely attend at least one Cabaret Night this year!