DON’Ts rehearse day and night for spring concert

By Becca Brandel

Assistant News Editor donts

On Sunday, the Canisius College a capella group, the CrescenDON’Ts, will be performing their annual Spring concert, this year titled “DON’Ts Day & Night.”  The performance will take place both in the “day” at 4:00 p.m., as well as in the “night” at 7:00 p.m.

The new addition to the show this year is… more show times! Last semester, the DON’Ts found the beloved Marie Maday Theatre overflowing with audience members, some of whom could not find seats or had to sit on the floor near the entrance due to the surplus of family and friends coming to see the show.

This year, the show will display other exciting features not seen in the Fall concert, the first being an almost entirely new setlist.  The concerts will be featuring songs such as “Don’t” by Ed Sheeran, featuring a solo performed by David Kaplan, “Sugar/This is Gospel,” a Panic! At the Disco and Fall Out Boy mashup, with solo performances by Emily Scripps and Luke Quarles, and “Work Song” by Hozier, with solos performed by Jerrell Lanos and Sydney Bucholtz.

A few hits from last semester will return as well, including “Car Radio” by Twenty-One Pilots and “All Time Low/Human” by Jon Bellion.

There will also be different pairs of hosts for both shows, with Daphne Sietz and Quinn Kull hosting one, and Emily Scripps and David Kaplan hosting the other.  This will give each show a unique and different spin, which is all the more reason to attend both!

The girls and guys of the group will go head-to-head, with the girls performing “Confident” by Demi Lovato and the guys performing “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble. A winner will be chosen based on the reactions of the audience.

The 20 members of the DON’Ts are ecstatic to share their hard work with you, not once but twice at the end of this week.

“DON’Ts is a way for all of us to connect through music,” said Jackson DiGiacomo, a junior who joined CrescenDON’Ts in the fall. “Frankly, it’s an excuse to build a club around something we love. It’s a community and a source of strength and confidence.”

For the four seniors in the group, Monica Wrobel, Nicole Sheehan, Luke Quarles, and Conor Shea, this will be their final show with the DON’T’s. They will be performing the classic “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root.

Shea, who has been a member of the group since his freshman year, has experienced a lot throughout his years as a member.

“Ever since, I have seen the group expand tremendously and be on par with groups with much larger budgets and talent pools,” said Shea. “I would strongly recommend to people that they come this year because of two main reasons: One, the amount of hard work and diversity put into the setlist is incredibly evident. Everyone can find one song they know and love, from classic hits, to radio sensations. Two, because of the diverse group of people in the group. There’s going to be some great dynamics in the show.”

Admission to the show is free for all and pizza will be served after each show! Come out and support the arts at Canisius, hear some fantastic a capella stylings of popular songs, and relax this Sunday!

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