Join host Nick Manerchia Friday at Premier Centre for the Arts for a night filled with performances by local talent.
"Cabaret Nick" is a musical revue — featuring Broadway classics along with hits from yesterday and today — to raise money for PCA's newly-established scholarship fund. The fund is for students who would like to attend PCA classes, but can't afford them.
Middletown native Nick Manerchia is the director and namesake of the cabaret. The theatre instructor has worked at PCA for four years, and he focused the spotlight on what the audience can expect Friday night.
Q Give me an overview of Cabaret Nick.
A It's a very intimate kind of show; we set up tables and candles. It's fun because it's a large group of people who come out to do the show and they get to showcase themselves. It's not just singing. It's a bunch of different things; it's a variety of musical treats.
Q What's a revue?
A It's song, after song, after song; and that's all it is. It's not like a show where you have a storyline.
Q What can you tell me about PCA's scholarship?
A We have a scholarship fund we started because of the way the economy has been recently, and we wanted to give people an option, some have lost their jobs and are facing hardships, so that if they couldn't afford class, they can apply, write us a 500-word essay and then they get scholarship money towards their classes. We don't pay for everybody, [or] their total tuition, but we pay around 50 percent for some of their tuition. So I wanted to come up with something I could do that would be a way to get people involved and to give back to that scholarship and that's what we'll do with Cabaret Nick.
Q You've been working at PCA for a while. What attracted you to climb onboard?
A I did a Christmas show here and once I was here I didn't want to leave. There's no place like PCA. We have music, theater and dance all in one place. The people here are really family, and the kids, and everyone here is so close and cares about each other and wants to succeed and work together to make amazing things.