Stetson’s chapter of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education put on a production of Broadway songs last Friday night for its annual fundraiser. The event raised an estimated $300 to $400, according to Andy Hunt, president of Stetson’s CNAfME chapter.
The evening was comprised of over 15 musical numbers such as “Wicked,” “Hairspray,” “Grease” and “Rent,” performed by various members of Stetson’s musical community.
The $3 per person admission to the event went toward the organization’s music education initiatives at Stetson and the surrounding DeLand area, including next fall’s Middle School Honors Chamber Winds Festival, as well as a music and special needs program for area schools.
Hunt said he felt the event was successful because it entertained the audience and raised funds for upcoming music education programs.
“I think everything went much more smoothly than I thought it was going to; everybody went above and beyond what their numbers were,” Hunt said. “Considering all the circumstances, the fact that we didn’t have as much to rehearse as we wanted to, I think it went really well and the audience seemed to like it, so I was really happy about it.”
Dylan Mullins served as Master of Ceremonies, offering witty banter between each song as he introduced the next.
While introducing ‘I Know it’s Today’ from “Shrek the Musical,” Mullins chimed, “We’re nearing the end of our show, and I’m really proud of myself. I’ve only made a few puns and my time, as Master of Ceremonies is almost ogre,” drawing laughs from the approximate 150 attendees.
Musical highlights included Hat Trick’s dynamic arrangement of ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s “Frozen,” ‘Omigod You Guys’ from “Legally Blonde” performed by members of Sigma Alpha Iota, Llana Brodzski and Andy Hunt’s back and forth duet of ‘Anything You Can Do’ from “Annie Get Your Gun,” and finale You Can’t Stop the Beat from “Hairspray,” complete with Vocal Performance major Lucas Coura dressed in drag as Edna Turbland.
The company received a standing ovation following the end of the program.