I was reminded once again last evening when watching Soiree/Cabaret why I love so much working in theatre and how unique our program is in comparison to other college theatre programs in the country. I was wowed by the talent, moved by the touching stories, and laughed out loud much of the evening. What makes this production special is that the students created the whole piece themselves through a fall semester theatre class called Solo Performance directed by Bruce Levitt. You can just feel the pride and passion that went into this piece. There were theatre sketches about personal stories of despair and humor, poignant songs, live music, and some (pretty bad in a funny way) magic tricks. What makes this show and our theatre program so unique is that the majority of these students do not major or minor in theatre — they just love it — and they’re GOOD AT IT. They spend more time in the Schwartz Center than they do in the biology lab — even if they are biology majors or psychology majors or engineering majors. The great thing is that they can do BOTH and that makes their Cornell experience more rewarding and memorable.
Please come out and see Soiree/Cabaret!
— the students have laid their hearts on the stage — and it shows.