Love, Joy and Laughter spirits the SCAD Honeybees Holiday Cabaret feat. American Idol winner Candice Glover

A scene from the 2021 Holiday Cabaret.

It’s beginning to look and sound a lot like Christmas all around, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) HoneyBees are joining in the holiday cheer with their Holiday Cabaret on December 20 at 7 p.m. and 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre.

This is the second year they are doing this holiday performance which brings the audience on stage and the uses the house as the backdrop for an intimate show that transforms the stage Lucas into a holiday delight.

“We’re very excited and it was the team’s decision to produce this show with the audience at tables on stage. An intimate setting is where a lot of my inspiration as far as direction and producing this content came from. Putting the artists right there close with the audience,” said Mike Evariste, a Broadway Tony Award-nominated producer, actor, and SCAD senior executive ensemble director.

Evariste also directed the show last year and looks forward to creating this show that is full of music and dance because of the warmth and theme of the holidays that brings people together.

“It’s about love, joy, laughter, and family. The goal is to make the audience feel familiar and at home,” said Evariste.

The Honeybees feature American Idol winner and SCAD alumnus Candice Glover, along with members of the SCAD Bee Sharps. Glover was featured in the show last year as well and has enjoyed bringing this show together in the unique way it is presented.

“Intimate shows make me a little more nervous because of the small setting, I try to just center myself and perform,” said Glover.

The SCAD HoneyBees are the university’s elite alumni vocal ensemble.

“We have so many talented people in the Honeybees, and then our undergrad group The Bee Sharps are also going to be a part of it as well. Having them on stage with me makes me feel better as we perform together,” said Glover.

The show is being staged and choreographed by SCAD ensemble manager Hannah Chiclana. Glover and Evariste worked together on the set list of songs to help tell a story and bring the theme of the night together.

“Coming up with a good way for all the songs to kind of mesh together and go one after the other is one of my favorite things to do and people are engaged, the entire time for sure. That is also one of the reasons I love working with Candice is because she knows music and how to arrange songs well,” said Evariste.

The show has a story narrative it will follow and during the show audiences will get to enjoy songs as they classically know them and other songs that have been arranged differently for this show. Some presented as solos and others as group numbers.

Both Glover and Evariste highly compliment each others’ skills when it comes to staging, storytelling, and music.

“Mike knows that’s one of my favorite things to do. Just kind of put songs together and see what fit. See what doesn’t, and what I love about the Honeybees, and Bee Sharps is they are good at those harmonies, which is also one of my favorite things about music in general,” said Glover.

Joining the show as a special guest is SCAD alumnus George Lovett. 

Lovett, a “Showtime at the Apollo” winner, has also appeared on American Idol and more. Lovett has performed at various SCAD event over the years.

“George is one of my good friends. We met on American Idol, and he was the one that got me into SCAD. He is very talented, and I love when he comes down to SCAD. People will be really excited to hear his voice,” said Glover.

For the show, guests will enter through the stage door and be seated on the Lucas Theatre’s historic stage, against a scenic backdrop of the auditorium ornamented out in its festive finery.  

Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

To purchase tickets or for more information visit lucastheatre.com

About The Author

Kareem McMichael

Kareem McMichael is a filmmaker, documentarian, writer, and multimedia content creator. The Macon native enjoys entertainment, and sharing with locals and visitors’ stories about Savannah’s art and culture scene. When he is not working, he enjoys relaxing at the beach, grabbing a drink, hitting a fun art event,...
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