Good Times Roll at 18th Annual Cabaret

April 3, 2015

by Laurie Jasper

Alvirne High School’s gym was transformed from a basketball court to Bourbon Street last weekend, as the Alvirne Music Department presented its 18th annual Cabaret.  This year’s theme was Mardi Gras – Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler, and the performers thrilled, entertained and certainly “let the good times roll.”

Under the dynamic direction of the King of Carnival, Music Director Gerry Bastien, the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band members wowed the crowd with popular sounds of the south, from soulful blues, toe tapping ragtime and rhythmic jazz.  The Symphonic Band even had the special effects fluorescent lights pulsing to the beat of their amazing rendition of ”Caravan.”

Choral Director Elizabeth Beaton’s B Naturals, Alvirne Singers and Treble Choir members showed they aren’t just talented singers, but also skilled dancers as they performed perfectly choreographed movements to the words and beat.  Special mention to Treble Choir’s adorable “Iko Iko” and “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” complete with glowing rings that could be seen from the back row, as well as the B Naturals’ “Proud Mary” and their homage to Tina Turner.

As audience members congratulated Gerry Bastien and Elizabeth Beaton on yet another successful show, the weekend was bittersweet for Ms. Beaton, since this was her final Cabaret after nine years at Alvirne.  She and her family will be moving out of state at the end of the school year.  “I went out on a high note, for sure, I am so proud of the students,” said an emotional Beaton.

As the crowd slowly made its way off of Bourbon Street and back to Hudson, the many behind-the-scenes volunteers were already breaking down the elaborate decorations, and Gerry Bastien and Elizabeth Beaton were already thinking ahead to the Elias Brody Memorial Spring concerts on May 27 and May 28, and urge everyone to save the dates for what will no doubt be memorable evenings.