Senior music students get wild for this year’s cabaret

R.D. Parker Collegiate’s senior music program capped off the school year in style with their 34th annual cabaret-style concert, which took place inside the Letkemann Theatre June 4.

This year’s outlandish theme was “Welcome to the Jungle,” where members of the concert band, concert choir, vocal jazz and adrenaline jazz band were all given the opportunity to dress up as wild animals, tropical plants and rugged explorers as they performed on stage. 

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The theme even extended to some of the evening’s music selections, which included songs from two Disney movies (The Lion King, The Jungle Book) and a jazz rendition of “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses.

RDPC music teachers also celebrated the 14 student-musicians graduating later this month by handing out awards recognizing their hard work over the last four years. 

Some of the biggest award winners of the night included Michael Sheppard (Outstanding Concert Student), Rachel Sheppard (Outstanding Jazz Student), Kyle Dumas-Olson (Outstanding Vocal Jazz Student), Mark Fortin (Outstanding Choir Student) and Abbey Smith (Outstanding Music Student of the Year).

The RDPC year-end concert season will continue June 11-12 with back-to-back performances by the school’s junior choir and junior concert bands at the Letkemann Theatre. Both shows begin at 7 p.m.

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