Audiences can enjoy Broadway music by the best singers in the Johnstown schools at “Cabaret.”
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in the Johnstown performing-arts center, 401 S. Oregon St.
Vocal music director Melody Cox said “Cabaret” would feature the advanced ensembles in the Johnstown Choir program — Double Q, Chorale and Apogee from the high school and Jazzy Johnnies from the middle school.
“‘Cabaret’ is very different from a typical choir performance and rather takes the form of a variety show that features music from past and present Broadway shows performed by large groups, smaller ensembles and some senior solos,” she said.
Cox said ‘Cabaret’ is very similar to the old-fashion variety shows, featuring scenes from multiple different musicals.
“The kids have been working so hard as a group as well as individually to prepare themselves to be the best performers they can be,” she said. “It truly amazes me how many talented singers we have in Johnstown, and the thing I love most is that those same singers are the ones you also see out on the football and soccer fields, on the volleyball court, cheering on the sidelines or marching in the Big Red Band.
“There are very few choir directors who get to work with such well-rounded individuals with such great character, and I feel so blessed to be one of them,” she said.
Double Q, comprising the top eight singers in the choir program, will perform an a cappella version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Chorale, an advanced mixed ensemble at the high school, will sing “Mad Hatter” from “Wonderland”; “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” from “Hamilton”; and “Bright Lights Bigger City/Magic” and “Bellas Finals” from “Pitch Perfect.”
Apogee, an advanced women’s ensemble, will perform “Opening Up” from “Waitress”; “Don’t Forget Me” from “Smash”; “She’s In Love” from “The Little Mermaid”; “Welcome to the 60s” from “Hairspray”; and “Move” from “Dreamgirls. “
All the individuals in chorale also are in smaller ensembles that will perform trios and duets, Cox said.
The Jazzy Johnnies, seventh- and eighth-grade advanced singers from Adams Middle School, will perform “Green Day on Stage” from “American Idiot” and “Waving Through a Window” from Dear Evan Hansen.”
“I have a total of 100 students participating in ‘Cabaret’ this year,” Cox said. “‘Cabaret’ is a great way to kick off the year for my singers, and I love that it features all of them as individually talented as well as in the full groups.”
Bruce Piper, Johnstown choir instructional aide and ‘Cabaret’ accompanist, said the show is an opportunity to feature the most talented individuals and small groups from the larger choral program.
“I think people will be amazed by just how talented these students are as they perform,” he said. “Mrs. Cox has done an outstanding job in selecting a varied program with lots of high-energy singing that fits the voices and talent of these young people. It promises to be a spectacular evening.”
General-admission tickets cost $5 at the door.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.