SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- On a night filled with several special anniversary performances and unforgettable moments, the fourth annual Cabaret Night at Union Catholic on Jan. 4 was a huge success.
With a packed house and past and present cast members from Union Catholic’s Performing Arts Company sharing the stage, several alumni returned to reprise numbers they performed during their UC days.
The anniversary shows that were celebrated were-
- Camelot (35th anniversary)
- Hello Dolly (30th anniversary)
- 42nd Street (25th anniversary)
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (20th anniversary)
- Pippin(15th anniversary)
- Into the Woods (10th anniversary)
- Shrek (5th anniversary)
Cabaret Night was co-directed by Mrs. Maryann Carolan and Mr. Edward Sagendorf, produced by Mr. John Rotondo, and the technical directors were Mrs. Tracy Doherty and Mr. Nick Kraus.
Mr. Rotondo said one of the highlights of Cabaret Night this year was the appearance of Dan Studney, an original member of UC’s PAC and a member of UC’s Class of 1984.
Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, who took over as Principal in 1980, introduced Studney, who performed in the very first number of the very first PAC show in 1980, “The Best of Broadway.”
Mr. Rotondo said Cabaret Night gets bigger every year.
“We are now in our fourth year of Cabaret Night, so what’s wonderful about that is that it’s on the minds and hearts of the UC Community,’’ said Mr. Rotondo, the Cabaret Night Producer. “It’s become a major part of our season, and you could just feel the energy growing with each passing year. This was our biggest year yet in terms of crowd size and enthusiasm.’’
Mr. Rotondo also said that recent UC alums and current PAC members are very excited about returning for Cabaret Night.
“What we are seeing is a resurgence, especially with our recent alums, who are coming back in droves,’’ said Mr. Rotondo. “They all have Cabaret Night on their calendar as something they are looking forward to. And we are noticing that our seniors are beginning to already plan for it in their freshman year of college. So what we’ve created is an automatic reconnection with Union Catholic that the students are excited to take part in. It’s also a great opportunity for our alums to meet with and talk with our current students and make network connections. It’s an opportunity to be inspired by each other through the common thread of Union Catholic and PAC, which binds you together. Cabaret Night is a call to bring the UC Community together to have a common goal, not only to reconnect, but also to make the program better for future generations by donating time, talent, and treasure to enhance the program and the facilities. It’s inspiring that we’re able to do this year after year as it’s truly become a highlight of PAC and the UC Community.’’