A One-Night Musical Charity Event

Note from the Director

A choral studies professor at the Louisiana State University once told the All Eastern Honors Choir of which I was a part of that with musical skill comes an obligation for service. Indeed, bringing awareness and support to different issues while enriching the community culture is just one of the many facets of tonight’s performance. I am very proud to present a group of truly remarkable performers from a plethora of academic backgrounds who have come together in an effort to provide musical and theatrical entertainment while also benefiting two causes that are relevant to the campus and the global community: The Scotch’n’Soda 70th Anniversary Initiative and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The more prevalent of these is obviously the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan) which will receive a donation in memory of Randy Pausch, a recently deceased Carnegie Mellon professor who inspired the world with his speech on “How to Achieve Your Childhood Dreams” which gained national attention on YouTube, Oprah and ABC specials.

One of Dr. Pausch’s many achievements on campus was his successful effort to motivate interdisciplinary activities, particularly those that brought engineering, computer science and the arts together at the Entertainment Technology Center. Though Dr. Pausch is not directly connected to Scotch’n’Soda, his message is aligned with our own: bringing together students from many disciplines towards a common goal. This is why we hope that raising funds for both pancreatic cancer research -- a cause Dr. Pausch was an advocate for until his death -- and the Scotch’n’Soda 70th Anniversary Initiative are both ways we can honor Dr. Pausch. I am pleased to also highlight that tonight’s performance includes students from sixteen different majors from five different schools on CMU’s campus, each bringing a unique background towards this artistic project. We hope that tonight’s program reflects Dr. Pausch’s vision admirably and is entertaining as well.

Before I conclude, I would like to quickly give a personal thanks to some of those whose effort was tantamount to the success of this production. Firstly, Matt Aument for not only being one of my greatest musical collaborators (he and I have worked on two full length musicals previously to this) but also finding the necessary time in his 20 hour work day to fit this project in; without him, this project would have never been possible. Also, the accompanists for this production have graciously volunteered a lot of their time in a job that is often (hopefully not in this case) thankless: Matt Aument, J. Elliot DeGolia, Alex Edelman, Scott Wasserman, Alex Weston, and Bill Yanesh. Further, the cast and crew of this production who have done a splendid job putting up with my impossible schedule and last minute emails to put this entire project together. With that said, please sit back, relax and enjoy the evening!

— Matt Joachim, December 2008

The Musical Performances
Lauren Thoren
  "I Get a Kick Out of You" from Anything Goes by Cole Porter
Lee Beyle
  "Try to Remember" from The Fantasticks by Tom Jones
Asha Carroll
  "Somebody Somewhere" from The Most Happy Fella by Frank Loesser
Sharon Wang
  "Jimmy" from Thoroughly Modern Millie by Jay Thompson, Dick Scanlan & Jeanine Tesori
Alex DiClaudio
  "Lady Is A Tramp" from Babes in Arms by Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart
Arachna Ramgopal
  "On My Own" from Les Misérables  by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil
Stephanie Guerdan
  "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables  by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil
Nick Petrillo
  "I Don't Remember You" from The Happy Time by John Kander & Fred Ebb
Adam Hill
  "Someone Is Waiting" from Company by Stephen Sondheim
Christopher Wheelahan
  "Finishing The Hat" from Sunday In the Park With George by Stephen Sondheim
Caity Pitts
  "But Not For Me" from Girl Crazy by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
Lizzee Solomon
  "All That Jazz" from Chicago by John Kander & Fred Ebb
Matt Aument
  "My Book" from The Seven Deadly Sins by Jeff Blumenkrantz
Scott Wasserman
  "And They're Off" from A New Brain by William Finn
Patty Rupinen
  "Stranger To The Rain" from Children of Eden by Stephen Schwartz
Gillian Hassert
  "Still Hurting" from The Last 5 Years by Jason Robert Brown
Noelle Crochet
  "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde by Frank Wildhorn
Josh Patent
  "Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens
Ian Colemen
  "The Kite" from You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner
Bre Potter
  "How Did We Come To This?" from The Wild Party by Andrew Lippa
Sarah Mingle & Dan Wetzel
  "My New Philosophy" from You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Andrew Lippa
Ian McEuen
  "Come To Me, Bend To Me" from Brigadoon by Frederick Lowe & Alan Jay Lerner
Lauren McMicken & Scott Wasserman
  "I'd Give It All For You" from Songs For A New World by Jason Robert Brown


The Production Staff    
Matt Joachim
Matt Aument
Eliot DeGolia

Alex Edelman
    Scott Wasserman
    Bill Yanesh
Production Manager   Natalie Mark
Sound Master   Aaron Gross
Assistant Sound Master   Daniel Freeman
Lighting & Electrics Engineer   Theodore Martin
Assistant Master Electrician   Bridget Hogan
Carpentry Consultant   Americo Fraboni
Head Chefs   Christopher Wheelahan
Erin Burnside
Maître D'   Todd Snider
Serving Staff    Erin Burnside

Jasmine Friedrich
    Kelly Hart
    Theresa Myers
    Jay Rockwell
House Manager   Ankur Gupta
Assistant House Manager   Justine Lassar
Publicist & Designer   Jasmine Friedrich
Assistant Publicist   Shaun Swanson
Publicity Crew   Americo Fraboni
    Josh Jelin
    Kelly Rivers
    Jay Rockwell
    Spencer Williams
Special Thanks
Aaron Tarnow, Billy Mays, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, The University Center Staff, Carnegie Mellon Student Catering Services, The Creative Writing Department, The Esteemed Scotch’n’Soda Board of Directors of 2008-2009, Chipotle