Halloween Cabaret has it all: Food, music, and a costume contest!

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Jefferson Local Schools’ Halloween Cabaret takes place Oct. 29 at West Jefferson High School. Among the performers are: (front row, from left) Maryn Roberts, Emily Miller, Nadia Watson, Jayla Frey, Nathan Peters, Mitchell Peters; (back row) choir director Rachel Armas, Aleithia Wilson, Brad Hunter, A.J. Keyt, Nick McGlothlin, Wesley Miller and accompanist Jacob Boyer.

(Posted Oct. 16, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

It’s a monster mash-up of music, food and fun.

Jefferson Local Schools is hosting its annual Halloween Cabaret on Oct. 29 at West Jefferson High School, 1 Roughrider Dr., West Jefferson. Doors open at 6 p.m., food service starts at 6:30, and vocal and instrumental performances follow at 7. Tickets will be available at the door and are $5 for ages 10 and younger and $8 for everyone else. Proceeds benefit the district’s choir programs.

“It’s always a fantastic event, very energetic and family-friendly,” said Rachel Armas, high school and middle school choir director.

The evening gets rolling with good food, including entries in a chili cook-off and a Halloween-themed dessert contest. Anyone is welcome to enter the contests; entries must be dropped off at 5 p.m the day of the cabaret. Everyone is invited to taste the entries. Food, drinks and the show are included in the admission price.

After dinner, the spotlight shines on middle school and high school students who auditioned and won spots in the entertainment lineup.

“We have some really talented students once again. They have been working hard on all of their music,” Armas said.

The performers include high-schoolers Aiden Clerico, Jayla Frey, Brad Hunter, Celina Jeffers, A.J. Keyt, Hannah Messer, Emily Miller, Wesley Miller, Nathan Peters, Isabel Swindall and Nadia Watson. Middle-schoolers Mitchell Peters, Maryn Roberts and Aleithia Wilson also will perform. The Chamber Choir will present a medley from the Broadway smash hit, “Hamilton.” Senior Casey Cunningham will play the part of Hamilton. Senior Nick McGlothlin will serve as emcee for the evening.

A Halloween costume contest is planned for intermission. Youths ages 0 to 18 years old are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories.

Proceeds of the event will help to offset the cost of choir trips, provide scholarships to help students pay for uniforms, and go toward the purchase of new music, among other program expenses.

“Donations above and beyond the ticket price are encouraged and tax-deductible,” Armas said.

Armas thanked the Music Boosters and parents who are helping to make the cabaret possible.

For more about the cabaret or to enter the chili cook-off or dessert contest, contact Armas at rarmas@westjeff.org.

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