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Out & About: Rain doesn't stop St. Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret

Dawn Law
| Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
(from left), John Szalewicz, of Unity Township, and Florence Gradisek, of Herminie, pose for a photo while at the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), John Szalewicz, of Unity Township, and Florence Gradisek, of Herminie, pose for a photo while at the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
Saint Vincent College student, Josh Shivetts, (center), serves hot dogs to (from left), Judy and Walt Regula, of Latrobe, during the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Saint Vincent College student, Josh Shivetts, (center), serves hot dogs to (from left), Judy and Walt Regula, of Latrobe, during the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
Saint Vincent College student, Paige Forrai, of Latrobe, serves hot dogs to guests, during the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Saint Vincent College student, Paige Forrai, of Latrobe, serves hot dogs to guests, during the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
Cast members, (from left), Lara Hayhurst, of New York City, Allan Snyder, of Cranberry, Blair Alexis Brown, of New York City, and Eddie Brandt, of Lawrenceville, NJ, gather for a photo during the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Cast members, (from left), Lara Hayhurst, of New York City, Allan Snyder, of Cranberry, Blair Alexis Brown, of New York City, and Eddie Brandt, of Lawrenceville, NJ, gather for a photo during the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
(from left), Harley Allen, a veteran Saint Vincent College Theatre performer, joins Amy Tercek, of Johnstown, and Saint Vincent Theatre artistic director, Greggory Brandt, for a photo during the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Harley Allen, a veteran Saint Vincent College Theatre performer, joins Amy Tercek, of Johnstown, and Saint Vincent Theatre artistic director, Greggory Brandt, for a photo during the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
(from left), Liz Brewer, (center), of Latrobe, joins, (from left), Bill and Elaine Wingard, of Derry, for a photo during the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Liz Brewer, (center), of Latrobe, joins, (from left), Bill and Elaine Wingard, of Derry, for a photo during the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Cabaret, following the opening night of 'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra', held at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center in Unity Township on Friday evening, August 4, 2107.

The students made up names for themselves, like Dog Lord and Popcorn Princess, as they prepared for the Cabaret following the Aug. 4 performance by St. Vincent Summer Theatre.

Rain dripped from the tent corners and a loudspeaker warned of lightning, but student Maria Belitsky said, “Rain or shine, the show must go on.”

Since 1970, St. Vincent students have served hot dogs and sauerkraut and popcorn after the show, and they do it all on donations. Cabaret Manager Jess Sullivan said there were seats inside the Robert S. Carey Student Center, but people return each year to sit at the exact same tables.

“It's tradition — some people like sitting outside, even in the rain.”

Wendell and Ginny Routch, with friends Bill Holtz and Ted Kaminski, traveled from Hastings in Cambria County to see “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” a selection of 50 songs they said brought back many wonderful memories.

“I don't know how they remember all the words,” Ginny Routch said. “It was the best one I've ever seen!”

Even the cast, Allan Snyder, Blair Alexis Brown, Eddie Brandt and Lara Hayhurst, and Director Greggory Brandt with fiancée Amy Tercek, came out to join the party.

Other students working the event were Garrett Virostek, Hannah Gross, Josh Shivetts, Ian Herzing, Nick Rossi, Paige Forrai, Kate Palko and grill masterZach Zagorski.

Seen: Theresa Kappel and her mom, Romayne Breniser, Jim and Mary Ann Dunlap, Bill and Elaine Wingard, Rich and Mary Matrunick, Liz Brewer and John Szalewicz, who said he volunteered for the Cabaret back in 1975.

Dawn Law is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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