SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Review by John Carswell
For the Daily Union
From the opening number to the closing farewell, “Let Them Eat Cake”, was an ultra- sweet treat, performed Friday and Saturday night by the Shelbyville High School Fine Arts department.
However, it was a bittersweet moment for seniors enjoying their last Dessert Theater performance and especially for choir and vocal music teacher Patty Finks, who will be retiring at the end of the year after 35 years at SHS.
Finks remarked, “This was my last Dessert Theater. In 1992 it began as dinner theater, but through the years it evolved into Dessert Theater. I was very proud for this to be my last Dessert Theater because of the kind of students I get to work with. They have great work ethics and great talent and are amazing young people. I have been blessed over the years to have had the opportunity to work with so many great kids and their parents.”
Under the choreography and costume design of Jessica Knearem, every skit was a hit, beginning with “Seize the Day”, a kickoff number featuring a cast of 1890’s newsboys portraying part of the musical drama, Newsies.
“I See the Light” was a touching and convincing romantic duet performed by the talented duo of Hannah Apple and Daniel Ferguson who showcased their vocal expertise.
An ensemble of nine giddy ‘flappers’ squealed and giggled to “A Bushel and a Peck (and a hug around the neck). Solo by Hannah Shuff was the cat’s meow. Brooke Cieplik, Mary Katherine Carswell, Caylee Wheeler, Savannah Jent-Martz, Carissa Jennings, Monica Griesemer, Kati Honigman and Cailin Wilson tap danced and entertained.
Sisters Maggy and Molly Yockey squared off against each other in “What is this Feeling?” from the musical Wicked, a spinoff on The Wizard of Oz, which explains how Galinda (Molly) became the Good Witch of the North and Elphaba (Maggy) became the Wicked Witch of the West. In this number, the two opposites express their utter loathing for each other.