The final theater experience at KO is always cabaret, a student-organized performance of a collection of songs from musicals that fit a common theme. This year, senior Maggie Eberle has chosen to portray the emotions and experiences teenagers encounter in high school through a set of eight songs.
Even with online school, Maggie is hopeful that she will be able to do something with cabaret. “Even if we only have two weeks of school at the end of the year, I would love to choreograph and teach just the ensemble numbers so we still have something to showcase,” she said. “If school is canceled for the rest of the year, we obviously wouldn’t be able to do anything. Right now, I’m just trying to stay positive and hopeful.”
Maggie has been very excited about doing cabaret for a long time. “There were a lot of songs that I wanted to do,” she said, “and as I looked at them, I tried to see what theme would work with the ones I liked best.”
The songs Maggie has chosen specifically focus on friendship, relationships, personal growth, and coffee. “I feel like kids at KO and everywhere in general are obsessed with coffee, so I thought it would be interesting and fun to incorporate something like that into cabaret,” she said.
The songs she has selected might not come from musicals starring high school students, but they evoke emotions that are very similar to the high school experience. “I loved the idea of doing ‘Coffee Break’ because it’s such a chaotic song, and I thought everyone else would have a great time with it,” Maggie said. The song is from the musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
There will be three ensemble numbers and five solo and small group performances. The first song will be “In,” from the musical “Carrie,” which is very angsty and dark. “I kind of wanted to shock the audience right from the start and keep them on the edge of their seats, which is why I think ‘In’ will get a great reaction from the audience,” Maggie said.
The song Maggie has chosen for the closing number is “When I Grow Up” from “Matilda.” It is very special to her because she believes that it takes on a new meaning when high schoolers sing it. “It’s timeless, sweet, and everyone gets a chance to shine,” she said.
Maggie is a big believer in the idea that the ensemble makes the show. She has planned many small solo and duet parts that ensure everyone gets the chance to sing a small part if they want to. “I’ve been working with these people as a part of theater for so long, so I know there is a lot of talent at KO, and I want to make sure it is shown,” Maggie said.
As a senior, this is a bittersweet moment for her. “Since this is the last thing I will be doing with theater at KO, I really wanted to make it special for everyone,” she said. “While I am upset cabaret might not happen, I understand why that is the case, and know I will always have my memories of theater here.”