Columbia University’s first Cabaret is finished! Under the guidance of Manoel Feliciano, our Tony-nominated instructor, we spent the past year training and learning how to incorporate all of our acting skills and technique into musicals, ballads, and duets. It was an invigorating experience…
I had grown up doing musical theater. Before I went to college, I had 10 years of musical theater under my belt. But I never had professional training in singing, nor training in how to incorporate acting and storytelling into singing. Most of my life I was just taking advantage of good genes and belting loud and ‘powerful’ notes. No nuance, no character, no story, and definitely no being affected by anything. I was - in acting parlance - ‘pushing.’
Working with Mano opened up the world of acting through song. And gave me confidence that, if I continue to develop this muscle and skill, I’ll be able to bring this skill to auditions confidently. We’ll see where God takes that path!
An hour before the performance, I decided I would try and film it. Though my face is all washed out (because there was no one manning the camera), the below video at least gives some idea of the performance! And some idea how much fun the audience was having.
Enjoy - and be sure to catch Columbia’s next Cabaret in 2020!
(P.S. We’re in rehearsals for “Last Days of Judas Iscariot” here at Columbia University, so be sure to reserve some time to see it on May 25 through 28th!)