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UAMTA Cabaret serenades with music and laughter

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By JON MILLER

4/19/16

The University at Albany Musical Theatre Association (UAMTA) had their “fourth-and-a-half” Annual Cabaret ceremony on Tuesday, April 12, infused with songs from all sorts of decades, making it difficult to find any song not to like. Many student groups, including Pitch Please, The Earth Tones, Serendipity, and The Sketchy Characters, performed to showcase their musical and comedic talents.

The Sketchy Characters began the night with four acts of comedy skits and improv. The group started with a game called “Objection,” where the members of the group must improvise with any topic before another member can object. Eventually, they finished off their skits with the game “Pillars,” where two members are given a subject and must give permission to another member to continue with the storyline of the subject. After, two members of the group sang an earnest duet of songs from artists such as The Beatles and Elvis Presley, accompanied by a ukulele that the crowd seemed to appreciate.

Of all of the comedy sketches and musical numbers, two of the main attractions of the night were theatre songs and a cappella groups. Songs from favorite plays like “Hamilton” made an appearance during the ceremony, along with somber renditions of “Suddenly, Seymour” from “Little Shop of Horror” and “Superboy and the Invisible Girl” from “Next to Normal.”

There were several a cappella groups that demonstrated their ability of incorporating sounds and singing to create impressive tunes. The all-female group, Serendipity, sang older pop songs from Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” as well as blending them into current songs from Kimbra. The compilation of different decades of music went smoothly with the crowd who sang along.

The all-male a cappella group, the Earth Tones, definitely added a sense of humor to their renditions of songs from Ben E. King and Charlie Puth, but their version of Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” undeniably had the laughs that the group looked for.

The co-ed a cappella group Pitch Please, which should get an award for the best group name, had a well-balanced number of singers who took turns singing songs from the Foo Fighters and Drake Bell. In between the acts were more solo and duets from UAlbany senior Jesus Vasquez’s rendition of John Legend’s already somber “All of Me” and an alluring jazz number from Mike Chaney.

Overall, the night was full of great performances that showcased the musical and comedic talents of students from the UAlbany campus.

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