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Successful Broadway Nights Benefits Haitian Partnership
Successful Broadway Nights Benefits Haitian Partnership

Over two nights, May 12 and 13, the annual Broadway Nights event rocked the Class of 1951 Lobby in the Putnam Family Arts Center. Broadway Nights is a benefit sponsored by the St. Mark's Haiti Partnership Committee.

There was a Festival Choir, made up of Maeve Ahern '20, Anu Akibu '20, Jiwon Choi '19, Haley Dion '19, Katherine Ewald '19, Reevie Fenstermacher '19, Isabelle Kim '18, Samantha Lauten '17, Annan Li '19, Cait Lochhead '19, Caroline McGinnis '18, Clem McKeown '19, Becca Porter '20, Isabelle Titcomb '18, Lora Xie '20, Jason Zhang '19, and Rosanna Zhao '19. They opened the show with "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel.

Grace Darko '18 then sang "Before I Gaze at You Again" from Lerner and Loewe's Camelot, followed by the Sixth Form duo of Lexi Schumaker and Teagan Ladner with 'Mother Knows Best" from Tangled.

Then came three numbers from Beauty and the Beast. Izzy Kim '18 sang "Belle," Reevie Fenstermacher '19 performed "A Change in Me," and then together the two gave the audience their rendition of the title song.

Mary Flathers '19 performed "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin, and then the duo of Sixth Formers Ellis Gage and Hannah Marshall sang "Love is an Open Door" from Frozen.

A special message from the Haiti Partnership Committee was a traditional Haitian folk song—"O Sényè nou pote remisiman" (We bless you Lord, we sing your praise). All proceeds from the performances go to support teacher salaries, school programming, and community initiatives in Latournelle, Haiti.

Grace Darko returned to sing Gershwin's "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, while Steven Landry '17 performed Andrew Lloyd Weber's "High Flying Adored" from Evita. This was followed by a highlight of the show: SM Head Chaplain Barbara Talcott singing "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore" from Lerner and Loewe's Gigi.

Rachel Hwang '18 then sang "How Far I'll Go" from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Moana, followed by Ellis Gage '17 and his second offering of the night: "Moving Too Fast" from The Last Five Years. Fifth Former Grace Darko's third solo closed the show. She sang "Dear Theodosia" from Miranda's Hamilton.

Special thanks to Ms. Charlotte Russell, who hosted the show and put a great deal of effort and energy into preparing the performers; SM Director of Music James Wallace; and piano accompanist Steven Sussman.

For more about the SM Haiti Partnership program, click here.