WARREN, NJ - Some 21 student acts, mostly singing performances by small groups, duets and as solo singers, but also some dramatic play scene reconstructions, were presented to an intimate gathering of family and friends, parents, teachers and students at “Script and Cue’s Winter Cabaret,” at Watchung Hills Regional High School on Jan. 19.
The stage area of the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) was turned into an intimate “Cabaret” space, complete with blue mood lighting and a small stage erected at one side of the stage facing an audience sitting on portable chairs and at cabaret tables. Patrons enjoyed the entertainment while sipping coffee and enjoying deserts.
The event was the presentation of the school’s Script and Cue Program. That is the student acting troupe, under the direction of school Drama Director Doug Eaton, who are responsible for staging every year the dramatic play in the Fall, and the Musical Theatre presentation in the Spring. This year’s dramatic play in November was J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”
This year’s Spring Musical on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 30, 31, and April 1, will be Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast.”
Many of the performers in the Cabaret are veterans and newcomers of the school’s vocal music, instrumental music, and drama programs. The closing act of the Winter Cabaret was a scene from “Beauty and The Beast,” titled, “Something There,” performed by some of the play’s lead actors, Hannah Melillo, Sam Sinnott, Jackie Romankow, Scott Romankow and Kyra Anthony.
The other acts performed at the Winter Cabaret are:
“Christmas Miracle,” a Saturday Night Live skit, featuring Sam Sonnott, Alison Horvath, Amelia Stapperfenne, Victoria Magliaand Anthony Speros.
Kyra Anthony sang “Watch What Happens,” from the musical, “Newsies.”
Hannah Melillo and Ben Allgor teamed up to sing, “I See the Light,” from the animated movie, “Tangled.”
Elizabeth Chapleski and Anthony Speros performed the song, “All Out of Love,” by Air Supply.
Christine Tanko sang “All That Matters,” from the musical, “Finding Neverland.”
Suchir Govndarajan read two poems, “Plastic Threshold,” and “Pardon Me You’re Pardoned.”
Summer Stuart sang, “Colorblind,” by singer/songwriter Amber Riley.
Michael Dumapit played guitar and sang, “Introducing Me,” by Nick Jonas, from the movie, “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”
Dana Wasserman sang, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” from the musical, “Grease,” and “We Know the Way,” from the animated movie, Moana.
Will Broder sang, “Ol’ Man River,” from the musical, “Showboat.”
Christine Tanko and Ben Allgor sang “Something To Believe In,” from the musical, “Newsies.”
Nicole Vila and Alison Cabrera performed, “Poison and Wine,” by the band, “The Civil Wars.”
Victoria Maglia and Amelia Stapperfenne performed a scene from the film, “Stranger Than Fiction.”
Giovanna DiSanto sang “Disneyland,” from the musical, “Smile.”
Kyra Anthony and Ben Allgor sang “Seventeen,” from “Heathers: The Musical.”
The student band, “Wah!,” featuring Will Broder, Will Johnson and Anthony Speros, sang “Careless Whisper,” by George Michael and Wham!, and an All Star Mashup featuring the same lyrics sung to the signature instrumental lead from a variety of iconic rock and roll songs.
Jack and Ava Melillo, who are twins, sang “Photograph,” by singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.
Rhiannon Barone and Suchir Govindarajan sang, “A Little Priest,” from the musical “Sweeney Todd.”
And Allison Horvath sang, “What Did I Have That I Don’t have,” from the musical, “On A Clear Day, You Can See Forever.”