FHS once again hosted its annual Jazz Cabaret on Saturday, February 20. The purpose of the Jazz Cabaret is to feature the Franklin school district’s many performing arts groups, to celebrate jazz, and to bring the community together for a night of good fun. All proceeds from the event go back to the district’s performing arts groups to aid in purchasing sheet music, funding trips, etc.
Every year, groups such as the high school and middle school jazz bands, treble choir, pop strings, and many others perform at the cabaret, plus a professional guest ensemble. This year, the guest performer was the UWM Jazz Ensemble. The musical theme was “Latin Heat.”
Aside from the musical aspect of the cabaret, there are many other attractions to be visited such as the concession stand, bake sale, and silent auction. The silent auction in particular has always been extremely successful, raking in $1000+ annually. The items up for auction are themed baskets donated by each of the groups featured in the cabaret. They tend to be quite eclectic: this year, the items available for bidding ranged from an old-fashioned washboard to tickets to Kinky Boots (a musical). The cabaret also always features a 50/50 raffle with two winners throughout the night.
This year, the Cabaret made approximately $5,200 for a profit of about $3,000, the most it has made in recent years.