BERLIN - Musically inclined students at Berlin High School are gearing up for another evening of show tunes.
This year’s Cabaret Night is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.
“I am really amazed by the energy that they have and they really go full out each time and every time,” said Tyler Boyle, director of choral music at the school, of the students performing. “I’m excited to see this cabaret and more excited to see this year’s musical … and for years to come, they keep pushing that bar.”
This is Boyle’s second year organizing the show, which was started by a predecessor as a major fundraiser for the spring musical. Cabaret Night and the musical get no other funding, said Boyle.
About 16 solo and duet performances will be presented Saturday, along with four big group numbers, said Boyle, with about 30 students involved.
The songs will range from recent hits and tunes from the early part of the last century.
“It’s a lot of fun, definitely,” said Kyle Barisi, a senior, on what it’s been like rehearsing.
The performers have been meeting five days a week since the start of the school year to practice. “Especially with the big number at the end, that’s the last hurrah we’ve got to have before the whole show’s over, so we got to make sure it’s got that wow factor.”
Barisi, who sung in the event the past three years, will be singing a song from the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” that he intends to be a surprise.
Sophomore Alli Cavanaugh will be taking the duet route this year with a performance with a friend of “Travel Song” from “Shrek: the Musical.” She’s been in theater since sixth grade.
“It’s a really good way to bond with everybody else,” she said. “This becomes like a community. This becomes like a family for us. We both start working together. We all learn from one another. We all are really supportive of one another. It’s just a really good learning experience and it gets us all prepped for the musical, whatever it’s going to be.”
At the end of the show, Boyle will be reveal what the spring musical will be, but he’s keeping it as a surprise until then.
“This year’s show is going to be very, very big,” is all he will say, noting that people have been asking him how he was going to top last year’s sold-out “Legally Blonde.”
It will be a recent comedy that has been off Broadway for about 10 years and is “definitely a laugh-out-loud” favorite, he added.
Prizes including best seats in the house for the musical, coffee and adult beverage baskets and dinner packages will be raffled to help with fundraising. A bake sale will also be held.
Tickets for the show and the raffle can be purchased at the door. Prices are $10 for general admission and $15 for cabaret-style seating.
“As fun and outrageous and as big as it will be, there are definitely some beautiful, beautiful learning moments and teaching moments, humane moments I think are really important for students to experience as actors and audience to hear as people living in this 2018 culture,” Boyle added.
The song “This Is Me,” about being proud of who you are as a person as a way to love and accept others, to be performed at the end of the first act, is an example of what he means, Boyle said.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.