By Emma DiMaio, Staff Writer
On May 9, the GL Theater Department came together once again for their 2nd Annual Cabaret for a Cure. The cabaret brought together two Relay for Life teams, Daddy’s Crew and Daddy’s Crew 2. The first crew involves the stage crew of GL Hilltop and the second crew involves the cast. The two teams are named after Ken Steifel, also known as “Daddy” or “the guy in the suspenders” that runs the theater itself, who was diagnosed with cancer last year. Since then, the two teams have come together under the hands of the alum, Brendan Illis and teacher, Mr. Vorhees, and have raised explosive amounts of money in the past two years.
This year, the cabaret was primarily put together by Mukta Phatak. A cabaret is a collection of musical theater songs in a showcase that have no real storyline, but all follow a specific theme.
Last year, the theme was “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back.” This year, the theme was “Light and Hope.” Songs from musicals like Frozen, Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Shrek, Godspell, Cinderella, Newsies, and Children of Eden that embodied the broad, yet triumphant theme were performed.
“Cabaret was an amazing night for everyone who participated or attended. It was great to have the opportunity to perform on the stage one more time in an effort that raised over $1000,” said Steven LaMaita, one of the performers.
“Everyone I talked to enjoyed a wonderful night of performing or listening. I was honored to perform on the stage again and help raise money to fight for a world with more birthdays,” said Abby Warde, referencing the infamous Relay For Life goal slogan.
“One of my favorite things about the Cabaret is seeing people come together and collaborate. Seeing students like Mukta and Steven take on leadership roles is awesome, and so is seeing collaborations between underclassmen and upperclassmen, like the dynamic duos of Trevor/Noah and Mayna/Eileen. I also love seeing everyone set aside the typical stresses of a larger production and just sing for the fun of it and put their hearts into contributing to a good cause,” said Mrs. Talarico, who also took part in the performance aspect of Cabaret for a Cure.
With Relay for Life fast approaching, both teams are continuing to do their part to raise money for this cause. From Cabarets to weekend bake sales, both relay teams are keeping the theme of “Light and Hope” going strong long after the curtain falls.