By Summer Tess,
The Davis High’s jazz choir presented the annual “Let Me Be That Star” Cabaret show for the third time this year at the Brunelle Theater on Feb. 18.
Director William Zinn and choreographer Jeff Teague worked with 29 students this school year.
Zinn said that the program is normally slightly shorter, but this year there was “so much talent to display” that he allowed more groups to perform.
At 7 on the night of the performance, the entire choir came together to begin the show with the song “Cabaret” from the musical of that same title. After the opening number, the program consisted of solo, duo and trio pieces.
Not including four instrumental pieces, the choir performed 22 other songs like “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney movie “Moana,” “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor and “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel.
“Every time, before our performances, we do our separate girl and guy jazz choir cheers to get pumped up,” Claire Millstone said.
Putting on a show like Cabaret takes a lot of time and effort, according to the singers.
“We’ve been practicing for Cabaret pretty much since the beginning of school,” senior Angelica Tujo said.
Tujo played the piano and sang in a trio for “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac for her last show before she graduates.
“Our tech week for the show was last week and those rehearsals were four hours each,” senior Claire McElhern said.
The planning for Cabaret is also extensive, as Zinn started arranging everything in August before school had even begun. He then held auditions and approved the pieces months before the show.
“I think this is the best Cabaret I’ve been in,” Tujo said. “It’s really well organized and the dancing is really good.”
“Compared to junior and sophomore years, this has definitely been the best one,” McElhern said.