BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School Broadway Night was established about five years ago – and now it is returning for another night of music this week.
BRHS Broadway night will be held Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
“There is a lot of talent in the school this year,” said senior Rachel Staffin, who will be performing. “One of my favorite parts of Broadway Night is watching the solo acts. There are a lot of underclassman performing this year.”
The program was originally created to provide the entire choir with a chance to sing collectively; as a platform for accomplished junior and senior members to perform solo acts; and to give the students a chance to interact with musical theater repertoire. It will be an evening of cabaret-style acts such as solos, duets and small ensembles for which the students had to audition.
It has since evolved to include singers from the intermediate and middle schools in the finale.
BRHS junior Allie Lam said the high school students provide a workshop for middle school students to help them prepare for the finale.
“It’s a lot of fun working with the middle school kids, they are very energetic and they learn quickly,” Staffin said.
This year’s Broadway Night will feature 13 solo acts and three small group numbers.
A unique addition to the show is a female barbershop quartet called Fourté, comprised of Staffin, Lam, senior Brittany Powelson and sophomore Fabiana Cilluffo.
“Our barbershop quartet is a lot of fun,” Staffin said. “We came up with the idea when we went to all state choir.”
Powelson, a member of the program since her freshman year, is excited to perform.
“I think this year the level of talent is high,” she said. “I’m really honored that our quartet made it as an act.”
Powelson said the quartet is also planning to perform at the Festival of the Arts in March and is hoping to perform on Division Street in Somerville over the summer.
The choir program will be ending the night with a medley from “Into the Woods.” The Wednesday finale will include the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
“Our temporary choir director, Dr. (Brian) Schkeeper, is doing an awesome job keeping the program going and it’s been a great year,” Staffin said.
Look for photos of the event in the March issue of The BReeze!