History of the First-Year Cabaret:
It all began in 2002 with the vision of Brad Forenza, Class of 2004. The First-Year Cabaret started as a mere area-wide program; a social activity for residents of Boothroyd, Rowland, and Tallcott Halls. The event was advertised as a Karaoke night of sorts, where first-year students could showcase their otherwise overlooked talents. After 18 auditioners were cast, shtick was added to transition between songs—shtick pertaining to dorm life, cafeteria food, and other woes of the first year experience. Soon thereafter, costumes, props, and choreography came into the mix. What had been a genial “area-wide program” was now a fully-staged musical extravaganza, just shy of a pyrotechnic display. “Rolling Along” premiered on Monday December 9, 2002 in IC Square. The response to it, from students and staff, ended in a standing ovation and a command performance at Longview, a senior community near the college.