RANDOLPH, NJ--The Randolph High School choir put on an impressive show that stunned audiences at the school’s ninth annual Cabaret Night on Friday, Feb. 7.
Students from all grade levels performed 26 showtunes from classic Broadway musicals, showcasing the amazing talent present in the RHS music program.
“Cabaret has always been my favorite choir concert since it allows students to perform Broadway songs that we don’t usually sing in choir in front of their friends and family,” said senior Elena Rossetti, who performed in both group performances. In addition to the two full-choir performances that opened and closed the show, eight seniors also performed solos or duets.
“Cabaret gave me an opportunity to challenge myself and to experience the thrill of getting onstage and providing entertainment for an audience,” said senior Evelyn Liew, who performed a rousing rendition of “Some Things are Meant to Be” from “Little Women”. Since its first production nine years ago, Cabaret Night has become one of the most beloved performances among the choir as well as a major fundraising opportunity for the program.
RHS English teacher Cara Canfield made a cameo appearance alongside the RHS Choral Decet in a fantastic performance of “Pandemonium” from the Broadway show, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
“Several of the performers in that number are seniors and I’m going to be so sad to see them graduate,” Canfield said. Being able to perform on stage with them will be a special memory”.
“As a senior, it felt weird knowing that this was my first and last Cabaret ever,” added senior Michael Papayianis, who invited Canfield to be a part of the performance
The bond between these students and their teachers was also evident when the performers sang “Happy Birthday” to RHS choir director Matthew Swiss, who conducted throughout the show.
Cabaret Night “was always something to look forward to, and an event that brought the choir together in terms of teamwork and dedication,” Liew reflected.
The broad spectrum of song choices, ranging from Broadway songs to songs from the TV show Victorious, and talent seemed to impress the audience throughout the night, as evidenced by the endless stream of clapping following each song. The students’ hard work and dedication to the show was obvious.
The choir gave the audience a bonus preview of the upcoming spring musical when senior Chiara Ricupero performed a passionate rendition of “On the Right Track” from “Pippin.”
“Pippin” will have three performances on March 20 and 21 and feature many of the same student performers from Cabaret Night. Tickets are on sale at https://rhs.booktix.com/.
Editor's Note: Laura Lucivero is a Randolph High School student participating in a journalism program.