Life is A Cabaret

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December 10, 2017 - 6:31pm -- David Martinez

2017 Granite Statesmen Cabaret

The Annual Cabaret show has come and gone and there were many great memories created with this years event.

The weather outside was a bit frightful, a light snow began as we were warming up just after 11am, making a nice seasonal, festive snow an interesting part of the days activities. Of course there was some conern about our guests for the show, but there was hope that the snow wouldn't turn people away. It did not, we had a great crowd for the matinee program that feature the Granite Statesmen, Fairgrounds Middle School, New England Voices in Harmony and storyteller Joanne Piazzi.

We started off the program, with out traditional opener, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year", a terrific way to start off the show, the guys were delivering a nice message of the season, it helps the audience and the guys on the risers get up for the setlist. The next song for us is new to the chorus, "We Three Kings" was a fast learn for the guys and we enjoy singing it, our director John Green has worked hard on getting what he wants vocally from the chorus and it sounds very good, always room for improvement, right guys?

That first set went quickly, I guess they always do, the "Snow Miser/Heat Miser" song is always enjoyed by our guests, the chorus and especially the two soloist, Denny Hooper (Snow Miser) and Kurt Boutin (Heat Miser). This performance was no different, everyone had fun, which always translate into the music and through the crowd.

Bass Les Livingstone then sang a great solo on "Do You Hear What I Hear?", a challenging long solo, but Les was up for the job, well done Les!

Following that song, "Bright, Bright the Holly Berries", but first a little inside chorus stuff. Our assistant Director Matt Kopser now leads us in two Christmas Songs, the direcror usually mouths the first few words of the next song, Matt gets introduced by our Emcee for the night Jeff Evans, and nothing from Matt. Then the next few seconds, the fun begins, what song are we songing? Well, I was pretty sure, but about 40% of the chorus picked the other song, so we a light, fun moment!

We closed the matinee set out with "Come and See What's Happening At the Barn" a Gaither Vocal Band song that is so much fun to sing. A Chapter quartet Parts Unknown was the feature in this number and the chorus is essiantially "The Pips". We had fun with it and even though the quartet needs to work on clapping, the song was a big hit.

Our opening setlist was:

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We Three Kings

The First Noel

Winter Wonderland

Snow Miser/Heat Miser

Do You Hear What I Hear?

I Saw Three Ships

Come and See What's Happening At the Barn

The Fairgrounds Middle School Select Choir was next and the kids were terrific, always fun to watch the kids sing, perhaps a future Barperhsopper in this choir? They sang "Baby Born in Bethlehem", "What Child Is This? and "SparkJollyTwinkeJingley". They also stayed on stage as Dick White led the crowd and more specifically  the kids in the audience in a singalong of Christmas favorites.

New England Voices in Harmony was a feature of both shows, and they impressed the crowd with the fun ("Deck the Malls" and "Text Me Merry Christmas") to the traditonal ("O Holy Night" and "Carol of the Bells") to the amazing "Birthday of A King", we thank Voices for providing the crowd on both shows with some amazing harmony and memories.

A new twist to the Cabaret was adding a storyteller to the fold. Joanne Piazzi, added a nice element to the program, the spoken word. She added a nice story designed for the kids in the crowd, but appealing to all. The Granite Statesmen added some sound effects for her story, John Sullivan Denny Hooper, Paul Dellaire, David Martinez, Stu Light, Jean-Marc Ledoux and Christian Ledoux certainly helped the story with their talents. Joanne helped end both shows with "A Sack of Diamonds" story with all singers on the risres providing first background ("Silent Night") and then singing the same song, thank you to Voices Samantha Tramack for the solo on the classic "Silent Night" both shows. We ended the matinee with "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", with all singers on the risres and with that the first show was comeplete.

Although the evening presented it's challenges with the weather, it was a success and well attended. Some of the highlights, from the Granite Statesmen, another strong version of "Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", we did sing both songs that Assistant Matt Kopser directs so no confusion as to which song to sing when from the guys.

A particulat bight spot was the spiritual "Mary Had a Baby", a song that the guys really love to perform, and that usually translate to the audience.On this night, that most assuredly happened, as the crowd paused as the song ended and then they applauded as they appreciated the beautiful song. We had another great version of the duet "Snow Miser/Heat Miser", and solist Jason LeMay did a great job on "Do You Hear What I Hear?". We closed the evening set with 'Come and See What's Happening At The Barn" with our guest standing with applause.

The Complete Evening Setlist:

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We Three Kings

Winter Wonderland

Mary Had A Bay

I Saw Three Ships

Snow Miser/Heat Miser

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Bright, Bright the Holly Berries

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Come and See What's Happening At the Barn

A Chapter quartet sang next, Inside Track has been together for many years and added more wonderful memories to our 2017 Cabaret, even did a verision of their famous "Stupid Jokes" song, Christmas style. They sang a new song to them, "I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus", "It's Beginning to A Lot Like Christmas" and more! It was great to have Roger Menard, Houston Galloway, Eric Hanel and Gil Dubray on our Cabaret. New England Voices in Harmony was next and did not dissapoint the audience, storyteller Joanne Piazzi added a spoken word flare to the holiday vibe and we closed our 2017 Cabaret with a story, "Silent Night" with Voices Samantha Tramack on solo and of course "We Wish You A Merry Christmas".

It's nice to see what music does to everyone involved, it triggers and creates memories, you think of loved ones both current and past, and most importantly, smiles abound!

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

 

 

 

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