RFA to Present 2019 Musical Cabaret Saturday

RFA to Present 2019 Musical Cabaret Saturday
Posted on 01/03/2019
Musical Cabaret

 Rome Free Academy will present its 2019 musical Cabaret Saturday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the RFA Auditorium. The performance will feature a variety of musical theater pieces by current RFA students and alumni. This year marks the eleventh annual Cabaret.

The performance is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted at intermission. All proceeds will go towards RFA’s spring production of The Drowsy Chaperone, to be performed April 4-6.

The cabaret revue, entitled “The Greatest Show”, will include music from Hamilton, The Greatest Showman, Ragtime, 9 to 5, Dear Evan Hansen, Heathers, and many more Broadway shows. It will include a mix of solo, duet, trio, quartet, and full ensemble pieces to entertain the audience throughout the evening.  

Jake Meiss, director of bands at RFA and producer of the Cabaret, began the musical revue in 2009 as a way for current students and alumni of the RFA musicals to perform together. In 2010, an ensemble of RFA students was added to allow for the performance of pieces that require a fuller choral sound. Each year, the grand finale is a medley of one song from each musical produced by RFA since 1997, when the school musical became an annual event. 

Meiss says he’s glad and thankful for so many talented performers that have come back to perform.  “It’s fun to see alumni sit side by side with RFA freshmen, singing together and having fun,” said Meiss. He added “all of the soloists are sounding great, and we’re getting more and more alumni involvement each year – this year we have some alumni traveling from all over to be part of this show.  It’s great for our younger students to learn from these seasoned performers.” The singers are accompanied by a pit orchestra comprised of both current and former students.

"The Cabaret is a great opportunity for all of us to learn and share music that we may not otherwise have known," says alumna and co-producer Melissa Rashford.  "It not only introduces our younger students to a wide range of musical theater pieces, but it also gives alumni the chance to perform songs from shows and movies that have been written in the years since we have graduated."

Soloists include Jeremy Amoroso, Susan Mirabelli Amoroso, Sarah Anderson, Brittany Bartlett, Richard Blackshear, Madison Bray-Trophia, Kayla Bush, Chloe Cardwell, Jacob Carissimo, Jon Carissimo, Jamilla Claypool, Rebecca Coffman, Ashlynn Dadarria, Darian Deeley, Andy Frank, Joe Gazzilli, Jerome Gordon, Hannah Hoffman, Jordon Hoffman, Cal Hughes, Angel Jardines, Deanna Matt Kotary, Ted Lenio, Jared McCullough, Madelynn Maiolo, Rebecca Matte, Megan Morrow, Candi Covais O’Neill, Pilar Padron Parnell, Maria Parker, Spencer Parrish, Melissa Rashford, David Salce, Bianca Santana, Ryan Schmandt, Tiffany Smalls, Stacy Spindler, Giovanna Sudol, Kris Trinka, Kevin Utter, Ethan Vernold, Ciara Wiggins, and Alyssa Winberg.

Accompanists and instrumentalists include Tyler Cavanagh, Giana Kleber, Christian Cobb, Christopher Cobb, Katie Dursi, Deven Hosley, Alex Guiliano, Zach Houle, Lindsey Hurlbut, Cal Hughes, Claire Kondella, Kayleen Martelli, Kenny Millson, Patrick O’Neil, Emma Parker, Spencer Parrish, Hunter Pisaneschi, Adelina Rivera, Sven van Hoesel, Tommy Weir, Valerie Wood, and Alex Zappavigna.

2019 Musical Cabaret

2019 Musical Cabaret

 2019 Musical Cabaret

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