A man takes the stage as he sings on baritone in a performance of “If I Ever Were To Leave You”, the voice echoing off the walls of the hall and engulfing members of the audience.
The Pitt Musical Theater Club and the Pitt Program Council (PPC) have collaborated to host the “Broadway Coffeehouse” in the William Pitt Union Ballroom on Wednesday, for an evening of 13 singing acts, hot chocolate, apple cider and good vibes.
Josh Rosen and Valerie Davis organized the event and visited after each performance to give information about the performers and present the next song. They are both students from Pitt who host their podcast »Broadway vibes only”Where they talk about their favorite numbers.
The event was organized with the cooperation of Emaya Anand, PPC Travel Director, and Lauren Taylor, Liaison Officer for the Musical Theater Club.
Anand said she and the other PPC members are very excited to host events like this for students after a year of logging in.
“I think the whole student body is really missing the performances and wanted to celebrate the culture on Broadway,” said Anand.
Nicolas Jones, PPC Public Relations Director, said the most exciting part of the performances was being back in person, and he was excited to see the Pitt community find a way to help the community relax.
“Getting back in person with the Pitt community and having an event where the Pitt community can come together and really experience an event that showcases the incredible talent of the students,” Jones said. “While also being able to relax in an often stressful environment, especially with the finals. “
According to Anand, the event was designed to allow everyone to relax and provide a warm atmosphere.
“The point is that it shouldn’t feel like everything is forced, the audience can come in and enjoy the performance, the lighting is going to be dark, it will be in the ballroom, so it’s a very closed space. “said Anand. “We’re trying to bring Broadway to Pittsburgh.”
Ryan Scholl, a junior political science student, said he had attended a few of the Musical Theater Club’s previous shows and felt that attending these events was a good way to get rid of all the stress of the finals.
“I heard about the event through my brotherhood and have been to a few shows before, I think it’s a nice escape from the finals and a way to relieve stress, just laugh and enjoy the performances “said Scholl.
During the performances, some members of the audience shouted their support and enjoyed the show with friends. Many spectators had come to watch their friends play, and were quick to congratulate and talk to them after their performances.
Patrick Francis, first year political science student who interpreted “If I ever had to leave youFrom the musical Camelot, said after the event that he was nervous before performing.
“I don’t know if it was visible to the audience, but I was shaking a bit as I walked up on stage,” Francis said. “I like to make a little joke before each performance to calm the nerves.”
Francis said the song and the musical meant a lot to him, because of their romantic undertones.
“I’m a little romantic, I love softer ballads, what attracts me the most is something I can feel,” Francis said.
According to Francis, the acts were a good way to express those feelings of love, passion and longing to the audience. He said that for most artists, the songs they choose have a lot of emotional connotations.
“When I was a kid my mom played the CD, and when I was six I would put it in the CD player and pretend I was Lancelot running with the little sword,” Francis said.
After the show, people came by and congratulated Francis on his performance. They told him they thought he was an amazing artist. His group of friends joked that he shouldn’t be fooled by all the compliments.
Francis, who was overwhelmed by the praise, also said performing in this cabaret helped him relax as he faced the finals and the stress of his job.
“I usually want and try not to work after 5:30 pm if I can help myself, so having some free time to hear others sing was pretty cool,” Francis said.
According to Francis, the feeling, the atmosphere and the community were very friendly, as each performer went out of their way to sing some of the most meaningful songs to them. The public cheerfully supported them throughout the event.
Jones said he believes the event is a way for everyone to come together to relieve the stress of finals and support art in our community.
“It’s a great way to relax from everything that’s going on in the world, and I think it’s a great way to bring the community together and support the arts,” Jones said.