The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

March 28, 2013

Jefferson students star in their own 'Cabaret'

JEFFERSON — “Life is a Cabaret, old chum. Only a Cabaret, old chum. And I love a Cabaret.” Cue the theatrical bow and thunderous applause. Hannah Horn, a sophomore at Jefferson Area High School, had just performed the opening act in the March 19, dinner recital “Cabaret” hosted by the choirs of JAHS.

“Cabaret” included 20 acts, solos and group performances. The themed concert took place in the high school cafeteria but was rearranged so stage and audience sections were present. Flashy decorations were appropriately scattered around the room to help enhance the New York feel.

Students from grades nine to 12 were able to captivate the crowd with their great vocals and entertain them with the choreography that they had executed fabulously. The three choirs that performed were Show Choir, Treble Choir and Concert Choir. The soloists consisted of Hannah Horn, Alley Robertson, Abby Kovacs, June Cooper, Elizabeth Hawkins, Melanie Candela, Virginia Lucas, Justin Brown, Meghan Yazwinski, Audra Franley, Nick LaGrange, Kaitlynne Baucum-Krakauskus, Zoe Contenza, Tiffany Strope, Emily Baker and Logan Kincaid.

The recital included songs from some of Broadway’s greatest hit shows such as “Cabaret,” “My Fair Lady,” “Beauty and the Beast: A Broadway Musical,” “Grease,” “Chicago,” and was directed by the school choir director Natalie Modarelli and accompanied by Jefferson graduate, Neil Meloro.

The musically inclined students began preparing for this production in December. “We first learned the music by practicing every day in class, and then as we came to know it better we focused on details, like dynamics,” said senior Audra Franley, who performed in several acts including a solo “Just You Wait” from “My Fair Lady.”

Modarelli was also very busy with preparations in the months prior to the concert. She chose music to fit the theme as well as music that worked best with the students’ vocal ranges.

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