Mount St. Joseph University

Come to the Cabaret

Arts & Humanities, Campus News, Student Life, School of Arts & Humanities, Department of Music

By: Sasha Feldmann

File Under: alumni, benefit, dramaclub, entertainment, music, theater

photo of cast
Photo courtesy of Sasha Feldmann

Mount St. Joseph University’s Drama Club invites you to experience a unique event. In true Mount fashion, the community has come together to create an extraordinary, never-before-seen production. If you enjoy music, dance and monologues all rolled into one thrilling performance, make plans to attend a Benefit Cabaret – a selection of performances by Mount students, faculty, and alumni.

The acts include four group numbers from different musicals, including “Seasons of Love” from Rent, “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago, and “Bless the Lord” from Godspell, as well as a surprise finale. The Mount Benefit Cabaret also features individual and small group singing, dancing, instrumental, and acting performances. Alumni Garrett Liete ‘17 and Aimée Ward ‘17 will be singing “The Next Ten Minutes” from The Last Five Years.

In the fall of 2016, the Drama Club did a production of I Am a Camera, the 1951 Broadway play adapted for the stage by John Van Druten from the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. The play is better known, however, for its 1966 musical adaptation, Cabaret by Joe Masteroff.

After the curtain went down, the cast performed various numbers from the popular musical. For sophomore Tiffany Nascimento, who played Fräulein Schneider and sang “Maybe This Time” after the production, this sparked an idea. She and her fellow cast members decided to take the cabaret, and the Drama Club itself, to the next level. They made plans for the Benefit Cabaret, appointing Tiffany as director, junior Sara Croswell as choreographer, and sophomore Luke Danis as musical director.

Tiffany has been involved in theater and choir throughout most of her life. She has been director and assistant director for several productions, and was vice president of the McAuley High School Drama Club. The Mount Benefit Cabaret will be her 22nd theatrical production.

“We have always wanted to perform a musical here at the Mount,” she says, “The Benefit Cabaret is a great opportunity to fundraise and showcase the talented students and faculty at the Mount, and prove that we could pull off a full-on musical production.”

The Mount Benefit Cabaret will take place on Saturday April 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in theater. Early bird tickets can be purchased for $3 with a Mount ID or $5 for general admission by contacting Betsy Jones at 513-244-4863 or Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $5 with a Mount ID or $7 for general admission. All proceeds go to financing the Drama Club’s future productions.

“We want the performing arts to hold a more profound presence on this campus,” says Tiffany, “and continue to grow from its roots into the future and long after Luke, Sara, and I have graduated.”