PASJ Students Shine in Shortcuts

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Sophomore PASJ major and Short Cuts producer Shelbi Harrison performing “Screw Loose” from the musical “Cry-Baby.” WILLIAM TREVOR WIN / FOGHORN

The Performing Arts and Social Justice (PASJ) Student Cabaret series hosted Shortcuts on Sept. 21, a showcase of short skits put on every semester. PASJ majors and minors incorporated music, dance and theater acts, including some original works. The show was produced by senior Isa Crescini Williams and sophomores Julianna King and Shelbi Harrison. The three students opened the show with a musical group act and each had solo pieces later in the night.

The performance showed that USF’s performing arts community is brimming with young talent. The crowd cheered loudest for Harrison’s rendition of “Screw Loose” from the Broadway musical “Cry-Baby.” Sophomore Sarah Medley sang a touching rendition of Sara Bareilles’ “She Used to Be Mine” from the Broadway musical “Waitress,” which Medley dedicated to her mother. Sophomore Saharla Vetsch was the only dance act of the night, performing a moving original piece titled “Out of Mind, Just in Time.” The dance blended graceful, sweeping movements with tight, rhythmic contortions of the body to create an emotional and technically impressive end result.

Other pieces included “Facing West” by The Staves, “What More Can I Say?” from “Falsettos,” “It’s Over, Isn’t It?” (sung entirely in Italian) from the TV show “Steven Universe” and “Days and Days” from the Broadway show “Fun Home,” which was sung by Crescini Williams.

There are a number of upcoming events where performers from this year’s Shortcuts can be seen alongside other PASJ students. “Elevator Heart”, a musical about a 21st century woman, is being shown from Oct. 19-21 & Oct. 25-27 at 8:00 p.m. in the Studio Theater at Lone Mountain.

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