OC's Valentine Cabaret to feature 38 Broadway songs The songs of “Hamilton” and “La La Land” are coming to OC’s annual Valentine Cabaret Feb. 13, 15-17.

Feb 07, 2018

The songs of “Hamilton” and “La La Land” are coming to Oklahoma Christian University’s 29th annual Valentine Cabaret this month. The long-standing tradition at OC is a compilation of songs from 37 Broadway shows, performed by the cabaret singers, jazz ensemble and a string quartet. The show will run Feb. 13 and Feb. 15-17 in Judd Theater at 7:30 p.m. The jazz band and string quartet are new this year and will be featured on select numbers as well as accompanying the cast of the show.

Terry Attebery, OC’s vocal instructor, has directed Valentine Cabaret for the past three years. Before coming to OC, he directed high school choir for more than 20 years and performed with two theaters: Lyric and Summer Stock. This year, Attebery added some newer songs.

“There are songs from “Hamilton,” “La La Land,” “Wicked” and more,” Attebery said. “I think audiences will be surprised by what our students are doing on stage by how professional they are. It is going to be a great show.”

This year, the show has been moved from Adam's Recital Hall to Judd Theater to accommodate an expanding show and audience. Several new elements have been incorporated into the show, including four additional vocalists, new lighting and technical equipment, a string quartet, a new piano and a live jazz band. 

Atteberry enjoys directing the Valentine Cabaret but not just for the musical and production aspects. 

“My favorite part is seeing the performers come in a little apprehensive about what I expect and what their abilities might be,” Attebery said. “Watching them grow and know that they can do it, they can accomplish more than they ever thought possible.”

Junior music education major Kayti Alvarez has been a vocalist in the show for the past three years. She enjoys being a cast member because of how much of a close-knit family the cast becomes and the joy of performing.

“This year, I am singing a solo called “Never Get Married,”” Alvarez said. “I am also singing “Tonight” from “West Side Story” as a duet. My freshman year, I was scared to death to sing a solo. Now, I still get nervous, but I can say, ‘I can do this because I have done it before.’”

The cast learns all of the music independently over Christmas break and rehearses nearly every weeknight from the beginning of the semester leading up the performance week. 

“We have put a lot of hard work and dedication into this show, and we want to be able to showcase that,” Alvarez said. “I want all of my friends to come so I can tell them, ‘I know I’ve spent a lot of time away from you, but this is why.’”

Freshman psychology major Cade Diester is performing in his first Valentine Cabaret this year. He said he appreciates how each person gets a chance to sing a solo and how they can express themselves.

“There is a wide variety of slow songs, fast songs, silly songs and fast songs. There is awesome choreography and special effects; it will be a really exciting show.”

Professor of Music Heath Jones will direct the jazz band, and Barbara Berard serves as the choreographer. On piano is Paula Hutton, professor of music at OC.

Tickets for OC’s Valentine Cabaret are $12. The show will be Feb. 13 and Feb. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. To order tickets, visit www.oc.edu/valentinecabaret or call 405-425-6310.