In keeping with its focus of providing theatre-going opportunities to local children, Georgia Military College Fine Arts is bringing a night of Disney cabaret to the stage Saturday.
The show features Disney film favorites — both old and new, but all classic — sung by GMC students and community participants in full costume. The cabaret is set to begin at the GMC Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts Saturday at 7 p.m., but families are encouraged to arrive early for the parade of Disney characters that starts at 6:30. It’s at that time kids can have their pictures taken with some of their favorites such as Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Prince Charming, and more. The event is free and open to the public.
This is GMC Fine Arts’ third annual Disney cabaret, a program created to allow members to stretch their musical theatre muscles. This type of show also fits one of the organization’s key missions.
“One of our goals that we’ve identified for our organization is to bring theatrical events to under-serviced populations, and we’ve identified children as one of the populations here in our community that don’t have a lot of opportunities for theatre,” Zipperer said.
Each spring for the past few years GMC Fine Arts has produced a series of plays aimed specifically at child audiences like “James and the Giant Peach” and most recently “Pinocchio.” While the plays have been a big draw the Disney cabaret gives young fans what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — the ability to hear someone dressed as their favorite Disney characters sing some of their favorite songs like Ariel belting “Part of Your World” or Cinderella with “So This is Love.”
“We tried to pick songs that a lot of people would know,” Zipperer said. “Last year we had ‘Let It Go’ in the program and there were two little girls in the audience — it was like they were on stage singing. They were singing at the top of their lungs, and it was so fun to watch them get involved in that way. It was really, really cool.”
Other selections include favorites from “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Toy Story.” There will even be a tribute to influential jazz musician and vocalist Louis Armstrong with a performance of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
Zipperer said the program will last about an hour and has really grown since its inception three years ago. At its start, the Disney cabaret featured just six characters but has grown this year to include 20.
“It’s been really challenging to build a collection of Disney costumes that quickly, but it’s been really fun,” she said.
Saturday’s program begins with the parade of Disney characters at 6:30 p.m. and the performance is set to start at 7.