Show Celebrates Uniqueness of Theatre Students

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 ensemble cast of Soiree/Cabaret!

— the students have laid their hearts on the stage — and it shows.


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  1. Leland Carmichael

    My wife and I, with friends, attended “Soiree/cabaret’ last night and left with the wonderful feeling of a couple of hours’ easement from the bleak weather, and joy over the superb performance of the talented young people who acted their hearts out and, clearly, had fun. So did the audience. Super show!!
    Sadly, we learned that there seems to be a movement in the Cornell Administration to reduce support for the Schwartz Center’s programs – this is a pity, approaching tragedy, for those of us who have enjoyed Cornell theater for >40 years. One of the great things here – we hope that whoever makes decisions that affect the arts, in this case theater, look beyond their ledger and consider what Cornell is (supposed to be) all about. Surely, budget cutters could do better than to take another `pound of flesh’ from one of the jewels that have made Cornell a distinguished University and place for alumni to gather and enjoy a sentient life, despite the weather.

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