WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) drama students had an opportunity to stretch their theatrical talents on the mini-stage at the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) with 14 animating performance at the Annual Fall Cabaret, sponsored by the school’s Script and Cue student drama program.

Under low house lighting and stark blue-light stage lighting, a“Cabaret” space was created on stage, as an audience sat in a few rows of folding chairs and clustered around about a dozen small round tables. Light refreshments, such as baked goods and coffee, were available to cabaret-goers on side tables. A spotlight trained on the performers provided the only white light in the theater.

Many of the acts were performed by student cast members of the Script and Cue’s fall drama production of “Peter Pan,” Nov. 16-19 at the school. 

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The opening and closing acts were presented as bookends to the evening by Mariella Zijdel, Amelia Stapperfenne, Chris Oaks, Ben Algor, Francesca-Infante Meehan, Allison Horvath, Anthony Speros, and Victoria Magli. The opening act was titled, “Saturday Night Live’s High School Theatre Show, Act 1, and the closing act was titled, “High School Theatre Show Act II.”

The other acts included:

Jack and Hannah Melillo singing, “My Eyes,” from “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog;”

Justin Horowitz singing the Frank Sinatra standard, “Fly Me to the Moon;”

Adele Rotondo portraying the monologue: “Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?” by Claire Dowie;

Suchir Govindarajan singing “Til it Happens to You,” by Lady Gaga;

Allison Hovath singing “Let’s Play a Love Scene,” from “Fame;”

Victoria Magali portraying a monologue from “Charge,” a play by Eric Kaiser; 

Giovanna DiSanto singing “My New Philosophy,” from “You’re a Good man Charlie Brown;”

Sam Sinnott singing ‘Neverland,” from “Finding Neverland;”

Francesca Infante-Meehan portraying the monologue from “Goodbye Charles,” a play by Gabriel Davis;

Hannah Melillo singing “What it Means to be a Friend,” from “Thirteen;”

Allison Horvath and Anthony Speros singing ‘Love is a Verb,”by John Mayer, with Speros also playing electric guitar for the song; and

The four piece band “No Fugazi,” featuring David Kim on guitar, Natalie Kim on bass, Edward Cai on keyboards and Will Broder on drums, singing “The Less I Know the Better,” by Tame Impala.


WHRHS Drama Teacher and Play Director Doug Eaton is the Script and Cue Advisor.

Nick Dinizio and Chris Valenti provided sound and lighting.Kathleen Stavole and Caitlin Villarreal were stage managers.And, Diane Krutz is the Script and Cue Business manager.