On Saturday, May 14th, AISB hosted its first full-scale musical event since December 2019.

More than 300 people packed the theater to watch performances from the Cabaret Choir, Jazz Band, the AISB Instrumental Ensemble, and soloists from grades 6-12. The students were well-rehearsed and seemed like professionals on the stage.

“The performers sang and played with such poise and confidence,” says AISB Music Teacher Courtney McDonald. “I’m so happy with how the Cabaret Night turned out.”

To document the occasion, student photographers Anna L and Nichita C joined the audience, capturing the night below.

The crowd settles in for a night of performances, checking out the printed programs.

The night begins with the song “30/90” from Tick Tick Boom! by 11th graders Hana, Caileigh, and Sage.

The Cabaret Choir performs the song “Will I lose My Dignity” and also “Seasons of Love” from Rent, with solo performances from Costi and Diandra.

Seventh grader Poppy plays the classic “As Time Goes By” from Casablanca.

Grade 8 student Mako sings the emotional song “All is Found” from Frozen.

Nini from 7th grade plays “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz on the piano.

Amy from 8th grade performs “Touch the Sky” from Brave, using flowers as props.

The Cabaret Chorus takes the stage again to sing “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman with soloists Hana and Costi; “When I Grow Up” from Matilda with soloists Evelyn and Nina; and “Into the Woods Medley” with soloists Noah, Mako, Hana, Megan, Caileigh, Evelyn, and Smaranda.

Eighth grader Nina C performs “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton.

The AISB Instrumental Ensemble performs “Mamma Mia” and “Sound of Music” medleys.

Seventh graders Diandra and Costi take the stage to sing “Shallow” from A Star is Born, with piano accompaniment by Lia.

Seventh grader Yasmine smiles after playing Mia & Sebastian’s Theme from Lala Land.

Ninth graders Pia and Avery play “Das Klinget so Herrlich” from Die Zauberflöte ((The Magic Flute).

Smaranda from grade 9 sings “Popular” from Wicked, teaching Megan how to be popular.

Noah, Nory, and Leon jam out to “Summertime” from Porgy & Bess.

Smaranda, Megan, and Alexia team up to perform “For Good” from Wicked.

The Jazz Band plays “Big Spender” from Sweet Charity and a medley from Chicago.

Ninth grader Megan sings the powerful ballad “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress.

And for the grand finale, the Jazz Band, AISB Ensemble and Cabaret Choir all take the stage to perform “Lullaby of Broadway” from 42nd Street.

Congratulations to all the performers, and to the performance directors, Ms. Courtney McDonald and Ms. Dawn Lovig.

As Ms. McDonald says, “Being able to put something like this together again, with such success, was much needed after all this time.”

We can’t wait for the next show.

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