Resources for Students

First-Year Cabaret

The 11th Annual Show

"The First-Year Experience Revue"
a musical parody on life as a first-year student

Written and Directed by Ted Eskey

Featuring music from popular shows such as:

  • Legally Blonde
  • Hairspray
  • Godspell
  • Wicked
  • Les Mis
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Aladdin
  • Guys and Dolls
  • Wham!
  • and more! 

Date: Sunday, October 27
Time: 11:00am
Location: Emerson Suites, Philips Hall

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact Sarah Schupp at sschupp@ithaca.edu as soon as possible. 

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. The 10th Anniversary show in 2012, written and directed by Julie Sullivan, Class of 2015, provided a show reminiscent of a full fledged professional play.  "In Our Shoes" involved the work of over 40 students and brought an audience of over 300 people during Family Weekend.