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Watchung Hills Presents Fall Cabaret

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WARREN, NJ – Singers, musicians, actors and poets performed at the Fall Cabaret on Tuesday, Oct. 17, sponsored by the Drama Department at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS).

The PAC’s spacious stage was set up as a cabaret café, with allthe stage curtains raised to the rafters, laying bare the brick walls, painted theatrically black. Behind the platform where the performers sang, entertained and read, the exposed stage rigging pulleys added authenticity to the setting. The lights were lowered, with generous hints of blue lighting injecting a mood. Some 16 acts performed, mostly solo singers with a few duets thrown in. Students tried their hand at songs from Broadway, and other iconic recording artists such as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Pearl Jam, and Christina Aguilera.

The evening provided drama students the opportunity to hone their craft in front of a live audience of mostly fellow studentsand some adults.

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Hosts for the evening were students Sam Sinnott, Francesca Infante-Meehan, and Emma Leary. The trio also introduced acts, and opened, closed and provided between-acts light entertainment with short, witty skits.

A new student band, “Moonwake,” performed two songs, with a special guest appearance of student Will Broder on drums. They played “Don’t Let Me Down,” by The Beatles, and “Yellow Ledbetter,” by Pearl Jam. Moonwake has as its members, students Nicole Ball, Eddie Cai, Thomas Dardis, Ben Kosokowski and Lucas Mammone.

Solo singers included: Kyra Anthony singing “Safer,” from “First Date;” Kayla Martins singing “I Intend to be Queen,” from “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown;” and Giovanna DiSanto singing “Someone Else’s Story,” from “Chess.”

Other solo performers included Justin Horowitz singing ”Smile,” from Charlie Chaplain’s “Modern Times;” Christine Tanko singing “Until There Was You,” from “The Music Man;” Dana Wasserman singing “Fly Me To The Moon,” by Frank Sinatra; Madeline Leong delivering a dramatic reading of amonologue from “The Diary of Anne Frank;” and Anchil Dhir singing “Much More,” from “The Fantastiks.”

Jack Melillo sang “Beautiful City,” from “Godspell.” Summer Stuart sang “Hurt” by Christina Aguilera. Becca Baitel read an original poem, “Hope Rising.”

Singing duets were: Malvika George and Melissa Miketen singing “Defying Gravity,” from “Wicked;” and Maddy Goffredo and Emma Giordano singing “Dear Theodosia,” from “Hamilton.” 

Drama Department Supervisor Dan Bertelli played guitar and sang two classics from the Folk Rock era. He introduced the songs, saying they were among his favorites to both play on the guitar and to sing: “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” by Bob Dylan; and “You and Me,” by Neil Young.

Greeting patrons at the door and acting as stage managers were Mark Caamano and Emily Snead. Sound and lighting were provided by Nick DiNizio and Chris Valenti. Script and Cue Advisor is WHRHS Drama Teacher Doug Eaton. Script and Cue Business Manager is Dianne Krutz.

WHRHS PHOTOS Moonwake

Singers, musicians, actors and poets performed at the Fall Cabaret on Tuesday, Oct. 17, sponsored by the Drama Department at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS). A new student band, “Moonwake,” performed two songs, with a special guest appearance of student Will Broder on drums. They played “Don’t Let Me Down,” by The Beatles, and “Yellow Ledbetter,” by Pearl Jam. From left are: Sophomore Thomas Dardis of Warren, sophomore Ben Kosokowski of Green Brook, senior Nicole Bell of Warren, sophomore Lucas Mammone, senior Eddie Cai of Warren, and junior Will Broderof Warren.

WHRHS PHOTOS Opening Skit

Junior Francesca Infante-Meehan, left, of Gillette and senior Sam Sinnott of Millington acted as hosts for the Fall Cabaret, introducing acts and presenting witty skits while stage crew rearranged instrument and sound equipment on stage. They were joined in their merriment by senior Emma Leary of Warren, not in the photo.

WHRHS PHOTOS Justin Horowitz

Senior Justin Horowitz of Warren sang “Smile,” from Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times,” at the Fall Cabaret.

WHRHS PHOTOS Becca Baitel

Junior Becca Baitel read an original poem, “Hope Rising” to close the Fall Cabaret.

WHRHS PHOTOS Welcome Desk

Greeting patrons to the Fall Cabaret are Seniors Mark Caamano, left, of Warren and Emily Snead of Stirling. Both also served as Stage Managers of Fall Cabaret.

WHRHS PHOTOS Kayla Martins and Kyra Anthony

The first two solo singers at the Fall Cabaret are: Senior Kayla Martins, left, of Warren, who sang, “I Intend to be Queen,” from “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown;” and junior Kyra Anthony of Green Brook, who sang “Safer,” from “First Date.”

WHRHS PHOTOS Melissa and Malvika George

Melissa Miketen, left, and Malvika George, both first year students from Warren, sang a duet at the Fall Cabaret, “Defying Gravity,” from “Wicked.”

WHRHS PHOTOS Emma Giordano and Maddy Goffredo

Juniors Emma Giordano, left, of Millington, and MaddyGoffredo of Stirling, sang “Dear Theodoso” from “Hamilton,” at the Fall Cabaret.

 

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Summer Stuart

Junior Summer Stuart of Watchung sang at the Fall Cabaret, “Hurt,” by Christina Anguilera.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Anchil Dhir

Junior Anchil Dhir of Warren sang at the Fall Cabaret, “Much More,” from “The Fantastiks.”

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Christine Tanko

Sophomore Christine Tanko of Green Brook sang at the Fall Cabaret, “Until There Was You,” from “The Music Man.”

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Dana Wasserman

Sophomore Dana Wasserman of Green Brook sang at the Fall Cabaret, “Fly Me to the Moon,” made most famous by Frank Sinatra.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Giovanna DiSanto

Sophomore Giovanna DiSanto of Green Brook sang at the Fall Cabaret, “Someone Else’s Story,” from “Chess.”

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Madeline Leong

Freshman Madeline Leong of Green Brook delivered a dramatic reading of a monologue taken from “The Diary of Anne Frank,” at the Fall Cabaret.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Summer Stuart

Junior Summer Stuart of Watchung sang at the Fall Cabaret, “Hurt,” by Christina Anguilera.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Dan Bertelli

At the Fall Cabaret, Arts Department Supervisor Dan Bertelliplayed guitar and sang two classics from the Folk Rock era, “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” by Bob Dylan, and “You and Me,” by Neil Young.

 

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