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2018-03-07 / Front Page

NT students to bring musical numbers to life in living color

by JULIE HALM Correspondent


North Tonawanda High School students Samuel Fesmire, left, Colin Krzystek, Phil Brown, Hannah Craig and Isabella Fortunato will perform in “Live in Living Color.” 
Photo by Julie HalmPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com North Tonawanda High School students Samuel Fesmire, left, Colin Krzystek, Phil Brown, Hannah Craig and Isabella Fortunato will perform in “Live in Living Color.” Photo by Julie HalmPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com For 23 years, students at North Tonawanda High School have been serving up tasty treats with more than just a side of musical entertainment at the school’s annual cabaret performance. This year the show’s theme will be “Live in Living Color,” and the young performers are looking forward to a boisterous program.

The show is a combination of several solo performances chosen by students, as well as group numbers, which offers the singers more artistic flexibility.

“It allows us to think more creatively,” said Colin Krzystek, a senior and vice president of the Chorus Club. He will be singing “What a Wonderful World” as his solo piece. Like all of the students in the show, Krzystek chose the number and prepared his rendition for an audition, and to eventually perform.

The creative leverage of the students doesn’t stop there, however.

According to Dean Vallas, director of choruses and founder of the cabaret tradition, the students are involved at every level of the show.

“Creativity is what it’s about,” he said. “Each chorus does a group piece, and they vote on two students to lead it.”

The students are then responsible for conceiving the look of the piece, the costumes and the choreography.

“It gives them the experience of designing a number,” said Vallas.

“It’s such a positive atmosphere, and everyone’s contributing,” said Julia Miskines, a senior and president of the Chorus Club.

For Miskines, participation in the cabaret has had a tremendous impact.

“Personally, when I came to high school I was scared to go on stage,” she recalled. “This was my first experience performing on stage.”

Since that time, Miskines has become involved in a number of theatrical productions, and music has become a passion she plans to carry with her long after graduation day.

“This really boosts confidence in students,” added Krzystek.

Such a production does have its challenges, however. The opening piece features more than 100 students, according to Miskines, and the performers often have less than one day to rehearse together.

This year, the students will also be putting on the show away from their own turf, as the school’s auditorium is undergoing renovations. The change in venue will come along with a change in schedule from the traditional dinner theater-type format.

According to Vallas, the show will now have a proper intermission during which those in the audience will be able to stretch their legs while treating themselves to refreshments.

There will be three performances, which will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Niagara County Community College Theater, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.

Tickets can be reserved by visiting NTsings.com or can be purchased at the door.

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