2013 Family Weekend Highlights
Sunday, October 27, 2013
The 11th Annual First-Year Cabaret was performed this year for an audience of students and family members. The Cabaret is a musical parody of the life as a first-year student performed by first-year students. It was an amazing experience that allowed the talents of several first-year students to be highlighted. The show's program outlined the 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 not a fully-staged musical extravaganza, just shy of a pyrotechnic display. "Rolling Along" premiered 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 Out Shoes" involved the work of over 40 students and brought an audience of over 300 people during Family Weekend.