With microphone in hand, Brittany Blount energetically ran her hands down her body as she sang Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” Her roommate and friend Jasmine Dorris, laughed and screamed, “That’s my roommate.”
Video by Gabe Burns
Blount, senior media communications major, hadn’t planned on singing when she arrived at Surfacing Theatre’s Cabaret Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Sunnen Lounge.
Megan Washausen, junior English major, said she attend Surfacing’s cabaret because she heard there might be karaoke. She was also interested in the “gender-bender” aspect of the night. Performers sang songs originally sung by the opposite sex.
“It’s a different perspective,” Washausen said.“This whole concept represents Webster so well in terms of culture and willingness switch things up.”
When Surfacing announced the last call for karaoke, Blount dragged Dorris, sophomore film studies major, on stage. After a few minutes of laughter, Dorris left the stage while Blount continued to sing — something she does often at home, but not usually on stage.
“That’s something I always wanted to do (sing and dance on stage). I decided I might as well do it,” Blount said. “I might as well go out with a bang.”
Jonathon Musgrave, junior film production major and producer of Surfacing, said this was Surfacing’s first spring musical. Musgrave said a lot students in Surfacing aren’t theater majors and the group wanted to do something different from their fall and spring shows.
“Something more casual, like this (cabaret),” Musgrave said. “Something where people could sing their own songs, not ones that we pick for them.”
David Sitá-Gray, junior wig and makeup design major, dressed in a sequin top and high heel shoes for the cabaret. He said singing in a gender-switch role can be funny or make a statement. Sitá-Gray sang “Tracy’s Song.”
“It’s one of those songs that captures my own essence,” Sitá-Gray said. “It’s very similar to the way that I deal with breakups when they happen.”