I stood witness to the inspiring theatrical and musical talent of my fellow Red Foxes, as I watched “Night on Broadway” performed by the Marist College Singers. The performance boasted a variety of songs featured on numerous Broadway plays such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, Dreamgirls, Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. Special guest, Jenn Furman, who recently performed in the Broadway production of Wicked, acted as both the host and a guest performer.
At 7pm, the theater lights dimmed and the first performance of the evening commenced, “Shine” from Billy Eliot the Musical. There were a lot of both students and non-students at the show. I believe that variety of audience members proves just how entertaining it is for everyone, regardless of age or professional status. I especially enjoyed many of the Disney songs performed during the beginning of the show, because it allowed me to reminisce on childhood memories. After approximately an hour of performances, the production took a ten minute intermission, during which the audience was able to enjoy refreshments, make monetary donations and participate in raffles for a variety of prizes, including gift cards, posters, sports memorabilia, and Broadway tickets. A percentage of all the proceeds rose during the nights activities were donated to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS programs.
After the intermission ended, the raffle tickets were picked randomly from a hat and the lucky winners would later claim their prizes after the second portion of the show. The succeeding songs were performed with just as much enthusiasm and passion as the first set. Overall, the atmosphere was fun and enthusiastic.
During the past month of October, I was fortunate enough to form friendships with numerous members of the Singers group. Without a doubt, the students involved in the Singers club are among the friendliest, most positive and supportive group of people I have ever met during my time at Marist College. Seeing my friends perform in the production made my experience all the more exciting.
This entire event was completely interactive between the host, the performers, the musicians, and even the audience. Knowing that a portion of the money raised during the production would benefit a good cause made the night even more meaningful to me. I am looking forward to the next performance and encourage anyone and everyone looking to enrich their Marist College experience to attend these fantastic performances by the Singers of Marist College.
- Robert M. Dunstan