Cabaret was a HUGE success

A huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who attended “Cabaret” and supported The Expressions Saturday night! We had a very successful evening filled with great food, friends, family, music and lots of laughter! Thank you very much to ALL of the volunteers who made this event flow so effortlessly!

We had 7 raffle items, four live auction items, 181 auction baskets, 81 “Buy it Now” items. Regarding attendance we had a record breaking 467 attendees for Dinner and Show and 40 attendees for Dessert and Show. We had our first ever “Raise the Paddle” Scholarship drive which raised money for a scholarship fund. We had a donation table set up for Mr. Fuglestad to raise funds to offset his medical expenses-not sure what else you may need.

This was my 4th Cabaret as an Expressions’ parent and next year I’ll officially be a “alumni parent”. It was so nice seeing our Expressions alumni reunite with each other. They all joined the current Expressions for the opening number and they blended right in as if it were yesterday! The smiles beaming from their faces were blinding. The energy in the theatre was contagious, the band sounded amazing and the singers/dancers didn’t miss a beat!

One of the highlights of the evening was meeting a woman who’s brother was in the first year of Expressions 40 years ago! She said she happened to be driving by BGHS and saw the ad on the Marquis and walked right in and bought a ticket. Her brother now lives in CA but did give me his contact info. Whether you were part of The Expressions 40 months or 40 years ago, there remains a special bond and feeling of being part of this great organization. Our goal is to continue growing the alumni base. PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

It was also a successful evening for the student’s who performed, commenting that this event was “great to perform with my family.” The event, which traditionally marks the beginning of the season, is good preparation for the rest of the year. Josh Levinson, one of The Expressions, said “it is great to see new Expressions come out of their shell and perform for the first time in front of such a large crowd. It is very cool to see the different ways everyone learns and how this event comes together.”

What’s next? Now we set our sights toward an exciting competition season starting in January. Stay tuned for competition dates (and results) and local preview performances.

One more thing: If you took any photographs Saturday night (at the dinner and/or the performance), please send pictures to me ASAP so I may put them up for all to see.

Suzy Festenstein