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AbstractAntonio Luis Moreno III and I combined our Honors Theses to create a two-person cabaret called Once More with Chutzpah! – A Celebration of Jewish Composers. This hour long cabaret was created with the intent of highlighting the works of Jewish composers while diving deep into our own lives as American Jews studying musical theatre. In the fall semester, Antonio and I met with both of our advisors – Professors Danny Gurwin and Hank Stratton to finalize our setlist and discuss our technical elements (i.e. hiring an accompanist, finding a lighting designer, finding a sound designer, securing a venue, etc.) In the spring semester, Antonio and I conducted research, wrote a script, and rehearsed. In writing and rehearsing the cabaret, we focused on finding the right balance of historical and theatrical elements. Throughout the process, Antonio and I worked closely together on many aspects. As we got closer to the actual performance date, I was responsible for handling correspondence with our accompanist, lighting designer, and sound designers. Antonio was responsible for audience outreach and promotion. We performed Once More with Chutzpah! – A Celebration of Jewish Composers on April 24th outside of the Tornabene Theatre under the tent. There were about 20 people in attendance. With the help of the College of Fine Arts and Arizona Arts, we were also able to livestream the event for those that couldn’t make it. This project was an invaluable experience and a great way to culminate my four years at the University of Arizona.
Degree ProgramMusical Theatre