SUMMIT, NJ - Raising their voices and singing their souls out, the Pebble Players presented their annual Cabaret on Saturday, May 11, at the Oakes Center. The performers were comprised of residents from several towns across New Jersey, including Millburn, Springfield, Summit, and Maplewood.
Performing a plethora of songs from both popular musicals like “RENT” and “Hairspray” to more obscure musicals such as “Bare” and “The Addams Family,” the actors in this show were pulled in from previous shows that the company has produced, like “Annie”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “Once Upon a Mattress”, and “Legally Blonde”. Not only did audience members enjoy watching the show from their seats, but they were also served dinner before the show began and desert during intermission.
Not a typical musical, the Pebble Player’s Cabaret 2013 was written, choreographed, and directed by members of the cast. Beginning production two months before rehearsals actually began, the writing team was able to select songs, organize rehearsals, write scenes, and choreograph all of the dances in the show.
“It was stressful mostly. I had a lot on my shoulders. It came together though,” said director Hannah Skokan. “Directing is one thing, but directing some of your best friends is a whole other thing. It gave me a whole new confidence I never knew I had. It's great.”
The show had Hannah Skokan and Mitchell Epstein as its two co-directors, with Haley Myers as its choreographer, Alex Golden as its script writer, Michael Berry as the musical director, and Conor McShane and Erin Hicks as the two dance captains. Members of the writing team included Ambika Chetal, Samantha Hahn, Maddi Niebanck, Dana Gaier, and Leonard Santos.
“Choreographing is my dream when I'm older and to choreograph for a group of my closest friends is a dream come true!” stated Haley Myers. “Although it was a lot of work, I believe this was our best cabaret yet. This was a magical experience for me, and I am extremely proud of how the show came together in the end!”
Cast members included Aaron Braden, Caitlin Caulfield, Ambika Chetal, Lauren Cetnarowski, Samuel Dantowitz, Julie de Diego, Kaitlyn Delia, Stella Ferra, Juliana Fiore, Catie Floegel, Amanda Gabriel, Dana Gaier, Kayla Goldman, Sara Graham, Samantha Hahn, Emily Hanson, Caroline Haskins, Ruby Hodges, Andrew Holowienka, Jennifer Jacobs, Sarah Jordan, Alexa Kerner, Zach Kessel, Sydnie Levy, Erin Manion, Victoria Moran, Maddi Niebanck, Zack Olson, Leonard Santos, Ransom Silliman, Jordan Smith, Joelle Zazzarino, and Viviana Zeballos.
“It was exciting to watch the student directors and writing team and choreographers build a show together. Their support and team work was inspiring!” said Jayne Myers, owner of the Pebble Player’s Company. The company looks forward to producing its next musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, next fall.