On Friday, Oct. 19, the Music Theater Ensemble presented a “The Spark of Creation” a cabaret composed by Carnegie Mellon alumnus Stephen Schwartz (A 1968). A second-time guest composer for this annual event, Schwartz worked with the 13 students of the junior Music Theater ensemble to deliver a powerful performance. Every song, sashay and cheeky-over-the-shoulder glance reminded the audience of musical theater’s ability to delight.

The sold out Greer Cabaret Theater was abuzz. Students, faculty, parents and community supporters mingled at round tables as the singers took the stage. The Ensemble opened with “Magic to Do” from Pippin; each performer approached the microphone bursting with personality and nuance. Spanning from pop to opera, the evening’s songs cemented Schwartz’s status as one of today’s most prolific and versatile working artists.  

Richard Teaster provided beautiful accompaniment until Schwartz took over on the keys. He gifted the audience with a new song from his upcoming movie-musical project and accompanied the singers in their powerhouse finale “Morning Glow.” The cabaret ended as it began when Schwartz repeated “Magic to Do’s”chorus before the ensemble took their bows. When the applause finally stopped, ecstatic director and Professor of Voice Gary Kline came on stage and asked, “Can you believe you just saw the first run-through of the show?” We could not.

Written by Kate Hamilton