Broadway Desserts take home stage

Chorus performance looks forward to debut


This year's Broadway Desserts will feature 27 preformances

The AHS chorus’ will be hosting their annual Broadway Desserts on Jan. 23-25. The concert will be at AHS this year instead of at George Mason University , which is traditionally where it has been hosted.

“Because of some personal connections, initially it was not that expensive for us to host it there. But last year, we paid over $7,000 to be there,” chorus teacher Jessica Irish said.

The purpose of Broadways Desserts is meant to be a fundraiser for the chorus program, but because of the high cost, they just broke even.

“We had to basically sell out [each show] just to make ends meet,” Irish said.

This year the chorus boosters bought a stage extension for $14,000, which will extend the stage past to the first two rows of the auditorium.

Broadways Deserts is a cabaret-style show. Chorus students sing solos and duets, along with their class ensembles.

“I’m singing ‘Secondary Characters’, ‘Amazing Mayzie’, ‘Tale of Gertrude’ and the Les Miserables medley with Annandale Singers,” junior Caitlin Odom said.

The audience is also involved in the show. They sit on the stage at tables and are brought desserts throughout the performances.

Traditionally there were three shows over the course of the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. This year, they have added a fourth show to accommodate the lesser seating available in the auditorium. They will also have overflow seating in the top balcony in the case the first floor is too full.

The four shows this year will be on Thursday Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m., Friday Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday Jan. 25 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The matinee performance on Saturday will also feature ensembles from Poe and Holmes Middle School. The chorus students enjoy performing with the middle schoolers.

“It’s an honor to sing with the middle schoolers. I remember when I sang with the high schoolers, and it’s a lot more important to them than people realize,” senior Jose Rivera said.

There will be presale tickets available online at for $15. The mattine presale tickets cost $10. The regular admission price will be $20 and the mattine will cost $12.