After a year of successful performances with both in November and in March, Millburn High School Drama Club members ended the year like they have since 2003, by giving back.
The Drama Club raised more than $2,000 for Broadway House for Continuing Care in Newark with its 9th annual benefit concert, "Millburn Cares: Today for You." The performance last week featured 23 songs from a variety of modern musicals.
Highlights included songs from "Wicked," "Shrek the Musical," "A Chorus Line," "Fame," and "Little Shop of Horrors."
The show closed with a special acapella performance by the MHS Millburnaires and Millburnettes, who rehearse weekly with choral director Rodrigo Vega. The ensemble performed "21 Guns" from the musical "American Idiot."
Following the Millburnaires and Millburnettes, the whole cast came together to sing "Seasons of Love" from "Rent."
Seniors Martha Meguerian and Jamie Paro, drama club co-presidents, coordinated the performance. Seniors Kathryn Raskin and Melissa Rosenberg were the emcees. Senior pianist Brian Cao accompanied most of the acts.
The performance was directed by drama director Suzanne Snyder. Snyder and several drama students visited Broadway House, an HIV/AIDS home in Newark, last weekend, to perform for and create a mural with the residents, celebrating the bond between MHS and Broadway House, Snyder said.
The HIV virus was discovered 30 years ago last week. According to 2011's United Nations Report, 30 million people have died from the disease, and it continues to spread at the rate of 7,000 people per day globally.
To learn more about Broadway House or to donate, visit http://www.broadwayhouse.org.