Fitch concert straight from Broadway

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Fitch's concert choir presented their annual Cabaret on Feb. 10 to showcase the talents of the individual students in the choir. Pictured, Miranda Truslow sang "I Am What I Am" from "La Cage aux Folles."


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Parents Club sold concessions during the event. The funds raised during the event go toward the club's $500 scholarships they give to the senior students. The choir also collected donations toward their trip in April. Pictured, concert choir student Romond DuVal performed "Losing My Mind" from "Follies."


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Cabaret performers chose songs from popular musicals, such as "Dear Evan Hansen" and "The Book of Mormon." However, some students sang songs from musicals, such as "Moana." Pictured, Katilyn Carson sang "Pure Imagination" from the film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The concert choir students sang selections from musical theatre and musical films at the Cabaret. Director Bill Klein accompanied the students on piano during the event. Pictured, Sarah Welsh closed the first act of the Cabaret with "You'll Be Back" from "Hamilton."


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The seniors in the Fitch choir concert concluded their Cabaret with a performance of "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey. THey chose to perform this song because they had sang it with director Bill Klein in seventh grade.


Austntown Fitch Concert Choir had their annual Cabaret in the Austintown Middle School cafetorium on Feb. 10.

The event showcased the individual talents of the members of the concert choir by having them each sing a selection from a piece of musical theatre. Some students took musical tracks from popular musical movies, such as “Mulan“ and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.“

Bill Klein, the choir’s director, said the audience receives a sense of musical theatre, a genre he feels is generally underrepresented, and gave them a different listen as the students sang solos and duets as opposed to a choral performance.

The Parents Club helped the choir organize the event. They provided concessions, such as water and coffee. June Bohr of Sweets by June gave away cupcakes for the Cabaret. They also had a 50/50 raffle. The money raised during the event goes toward the Parents Club’s three $500 scholarships that they award to choir seniors at the spring concert.

The choir also accepted donations during the event that would go toward their trip to perform at the Lyons Veterans Hospital in New Jersey and Carnegie Hall in New York City in April.

The Cabaret’s first act opened with “You’re Welcome“ from the movie “Moana“ and closed with “You’ll be Back“ from the popular musical “Hamilton.“ Klein played a piano accompaniment for each performance. Between the acts, Klein announced the winner of the 50/50 raffle.

The second act began after a small intermission with “Defying Gravity,“ a duet in the Broadway show “Wicked.“ The event ended with “Don’t Stop Believin’“ by Journey sung chorally by the senior students. They chose to end with the song because they sang the song with Klein’s accompaniment in seventh grade.

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