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Hilton Head Preparatory School's "Fall Spectacular - 2020 Virtual Cabaret"

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Hilton Head Preparatory School proudly presents the highly anticipated "Fall Spectacular - 2020 Virtual Cabaret"!

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Our 2020 Virtual Cabaret was filmed under COVID Guidelines, ensuring the health and safety of every cast and crew member. We are thrilled to bring these 18 beloved classic and contemporary production numbers directly to your home on Thanksgiving Day! Who needs the Macy’s Day Parade, when you can have Hilton Head Preparatory School’s "Fall Spectacular, 2020 Virtual Cabaret"?

Hilton Head Prep’s Performing Arts Director, Patti Maurer, reached out to her friends in the industry, and has turned the unprecedented Broadway shutdown into an opportunity not only for her performing arts students, but hopefully for these professional artists, currently waiting for their theatres to re-open. The 2nd-12th grade students cast in Hilton Head Prep’s Fall Spectacular all had the chance to sing and dance with Steve Blanchard (The Three Musketeers, Camelot, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies), Alexa de Barr (West Side Story), Meredith Inglesby '92( Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Newsies), Nic Thompson (Mary Poppins), and Stephanie Torns (Wicked, Waitress), all from the safety of their own home.

With only four weeks of rehearsal time, each of the five different Broadway Guest Stars led three 90-minute Master Classes, teaching iconic choreography from their respective Broadway shows, while honing skills of lyric interpretation, and song selection. Alexa De Barr created a montage of signature dance moments from West Side Story, contrasting the original with the revival choreography. Nic Thompson put the students through their paces with the challenging “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” dance from Mary Poppins. Meredith Inglesby '92 worked with the Middle and Lower school girls performing “When Will My Life Begin?” a song from her most recent Disney production, Tangled. While her husband, Steve Blanchard sang and explored the lyrics of “Seasons of Love” from Rent with the Upper School students. Meanwhile, Stephanie Torns worked with the Upper school students on “Opening Up”, from her starring role as Jenna in Waitress.

These truly once in a lifetime experiences are just a few of the highlights, Maurer along with Catherine Klimoff and Brandon Thompson have created several original pieces that will surely become HHP Classics. During a global pandemic, we safely filmed over 70 students, placing Hilton Head Preparatory School above the curve in this new digital world of theatre!

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