Concord Academy is a host to a seemingly infinite assortment of clubs, committees and groups which students may partake in and enjoy. In case you missed it among the dozens of crowded tables at Club Expo, this is Cabaret.
One of CA’s student-led singing groups, Cabaret’s repertoire centers around Broadway and showtunes. Here, theater kids, both experienced and aspiring, will fit right in with this energetic and accepting musical-loving group. Known for bringing joy and earnestly attempted choreography to the Holiday Concert stage, Cabaret is a fantastic option for those looking to join a more informal singing group at CA.
Even the pandemic couldn’t put a stopper in the passion of this group. It is a well known fact that ingrained in every theater kid’s mind is the inescapable motto: ‘the show must go on!’. In the 2020-21 school year. the group released two individual songs: “Some Things Never Change” from Frozen 2, at the very start of the school year, and “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” as CA approached Winter break. Additionally, they rolled out two full concerts featuring stunning creativity and impressive editing as the group navigated the complicated world of COVID-19.
Now back in school and singing in person, Cabaret has not let a single opportunity go to waste. Led by co-heads Eli Morton, Christie Burnside, Kyra Jagolta, Liam O’Brien, and Marisa Beard, Cabaret has leapt back into the swing of things. Despite the family weekend looking very different from previous years, the group single handedly kept the tradition of student-led singing groups performing at dinner alive with an energetic rendition of “We Go Together” from Grease. They performed again at the Holiday Concert with the same vigorous enthusiasm as they sang and danced to “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” from A Christmas Story accompanied by Stephanie Orvik.
“It’s really fun!” Natalie Samulka ’24, sophomore and second year Cabaret member, explained about her experience within the group. “It’s a really good way to meet people, especially as an underclassman. Everyone is very nice, sweet, and supportive.”
Ricky Kundu ’22, a senior and fourth year Cabaret member, expressed: “I don’t consider myself a theater kid or a theater nerd. But despite that, I have still found Cabaret to be one of the most incredibly welcoming groups in the school since my freshman year. I feel like I found my place there.”
Keep on the lookout for the next time Concord Academy Cabaret crops up with no warning to serenade the community with a Tony worthy production. It’s not something you’ll want to miss!