“Do Re Mi Fall Show” brings show-stopping talent to the stage



Junior Benji Kaufman performs in the “Do Re Mi Fall Show” with Glee Club.

When the theater is so packed that people have to sit on the floor, you know you’re in for a good show.

The “Do Re Mi Fall Show”—a creative name—took place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the 22 Tappan theater. Three high school acapella groups performed: Perfect Pitch, Glee Club and Note-a-fy, featuring exceptionally talented singers.

The night started off strong with a bit of pre-scripted comedy by seniors Taj Horowitz and Jamie Leslie before Perfect Pitch walked out sporting preppy school girl outfits.

One of their songs, “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics, was backed by beautiful harmonies—a consistent theme throughout the three groups’ performances. To me, the stand-out characteristic of “Sweet Dreams” is the low, rich, hollow voice of Annie Lennox, as it perfectly encompasses the solemn lyrics of the song.

Pitch’s rendition was great, but in my opinion the song choice wasn’t as well-suited for their higher voices. It gave an almost sanguine feel to an otherwise grim song.

Aside from that, I did rather enjoy their second song, “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae, especially alum Lilah Sesling’s (‘21) beatboxing which added a spark of energy early on.

Glee Club performed second, and let me make a joke that’s probably been exhausted by now: they were way better than the New Directions of the TV show “Glee.” For me, the highlight of Glee Club’s performance was junior Yuval Levy’s powerful, unwavering solo in “Some Nights,” by fun., backed by equally powerful vocals from the rest of the group.

Glee Club’s performance of “Talking to the Moon” by Bruno Mars, despite consistently excellent vocals, came with a bit of a dull choice of song. Everything was right with the execution, I just think it is one of Mars’s less engaging songs. “Impossible” by Shontelle, however, was deeply emotional, moving and an “impossibly” great way to end Glee Club’s set. (Take notes, Bruno Mars.)

The last group was Note-a-fy, the high school’s oldest ongoing acapella group. They were incredibly in-sync the whole time, and I could tell that they were well-practiced. Note-a-fy’s version of “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Fugees (featuring solos from seniors Katya Sacharow, Annabelle Gardner and Jacquovia Higgs) was like getting splashed in the face with cold water after a long, hot summer day: just the refreshing, funky twist that everyone needed.

I must say that, given the sheer level of talent each of these singers has, I feel a little disappointed with the groups’ choice of songs. The soft pop, top-forty, probably-overplayed-on-the-radio-at-some-point genre that nearly every song fell into did not allow the singers to showcase their full potential.

In the groups’ upcoming winter performance, I would love to see a wider variety of song choice: maybe they’ll dabble in hip hop, rap or heck, even Celine Dion; just something to separate out each piece so they don’t begin to blend together one after the other.

Overall, I think the night was a great success with short but sweet performances. I look forward to seeing what new elements the groups bring in their next show.

This article has been updated from its original version to correct inaccuracies.