Students Perform at Spring Cabaret

From the opening number, the “Glee” version of Fun.’s “Some Nights,” all the way through the 24th song, “Seasons of Love” from “Rent”, the 37-person cast and five-person band of Spring Cabaret captivated the entire audience of the Palace Theater, which was standing room only for the event. In fact, sometimes the audience couldn’t resist quietly singing along.

“We really tried to make it something that would appeal to a lot of people,” said director junior Dana Paolucci before she and fellow directors, sophomore Lauren Bender and junior Kelly Curtis, opened the show, and it definitely did.

There was something for everyone: “My Boyfriend’s Back” from “Jersey Boys” for oldies fans, “Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind” from “Spring Awakening” for Broadway aficionados and “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley for the downbeat audience members, to name a few, although the fast-paced, upbeat show made it impossible to stay down for more than one song.

The cast members got into the music and their roles, giving it all the sass, soul and sweetness they had, even occasionally adding some dancing. Also impressive was the choreography involved with the microphones, which were passed at least ten times in a few different songs. The band members did an equally fantastic job of creating their own versions of the songs, with some guitar embellishments, soulful piano and moody drums.

The singing, though, ruled the night. Falsetto harmonizing in “Some Nights,” country husk in Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” (“Glee” version), eerily beautiful duets in “Wish I Were Here” from “Next to Normal” and “Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind” and gospel preaching in “Steal Your Rock ‘n Roll,” both from “Memphis,” were all amazing. The singers owned the stage and the audience and there were plenty of hoots and laughter.

The show was clearly carefully planned and rehearsed. From hip pops and marching to finger-snapping and playing imaginary instruments, every song had character. Some were even entirely acted out, such as the very popular “Without Love” from “Hairspray” or short and sweet “Pinball Wizard” by The Who, which included a game-style light show.

The main theme of the night, beyond a wide range for broad appeal, seemed to be having a little fun. “Glee” mash-ups “Borderline/Open Your Heart” by Madonna and “Start Me Up/Living On A Prayer” by The Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi, “Grease” from “Grease” and “All Girl Band” by A…My Name is Alice were the rule of the night and plenty of people were tapping – or stomping – their feet with enthusiasm.

Of course, there were plenty of heartfelt moments. “Falling Slowly” from “Once” and “The Scientist” by Coldplay both had the audience dead silent and perfectly still because no one wanted to miss a single note. The main singer of Sarah Bareilles’s “Love Song” (“Glee” version) seemed so focused it was almost as if she had someone in mind to go with the lyrics.

All in all it was one fast-paced, buoyant song after another, with plenty of loud participation from the audience. The number of camera flashes and recordings alone would have shown how much fun everyone was having. If you missed the show, be sure to check YouTube and the Colgate website, because professionals in the back were recording the whole thing and you missed out.