Resources for Students

First-Year Cabaret

"A Musical Parody On Life As A First-Year Student"

The First-Year Cabaret is a fully-staged musical parody starring first-year students.  Each fall, the Cabaret recruits a director, singers, actors, accompanists, and backstage help to create a parody of the typical experience of a IC first-year student.  No prior experience in musical theater is necessary and the Cabaret changes each year to accommodate the creative ideas of the cast!  This is short term commitment is a great way to meet other first-years and showcase your talent.  The First-Year Cabaret experience finishes with an epic annual performance at IC's Family Weekend!  Check out programs from past shows, photos, and a video on the sidebar to the right.

 Past shows have featured music from popular shows such as:

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

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. 

Get Involved!

If you are an incoming student interested in the First-Year Cabaret, email us at  During the beginning of the fall semester, you will be contacted by us with more information.  Feel free to email First-Year Experience, at with any questions about this IC tradition.