‘Heartbreakers’ Cabaret fills Fynette Kulas hall

This past Friday night, BWU PRISM held their annual Heartbreakers performance just in time for Valentine’s Day. The popular event opened with one of the hosts, Madi Burwell saying “If you have not had your heart broken before you are in the wrong place.” 

The theme of the night was ‘Lady Bangers,’ and the performance focused around songs written by women. Audience members were given heart stamps on their hands as they entered the Finette Kulas Hall. The admission fee was $2 and Ethan Hines, one of the box office managers, estimated a crowd of about 200 people. 

All proceeds went to the organization, which is open to all students interestefd in the arts. 

“[PRISM is] an organization on campus which helps anyone that has interest in performing or things that relate to the art like backstage work,” Brianna Bell, a pianist for the performance, said.  

Even on the rainy Friday night, an impressive turnout caused overflowing crowds. A lack of chairs allowed the audience to participate in the event by singing and dancing along to the familiar songs with the performers.  

A few breakout performances with songs by woman-identifying artists included Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” performed by Elise Dobbins, Ella Griffin and Emily Muench, “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood performed by Joe Brown, Lindsay Robinett, and Mateus Cardoso, and Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” performed by Alexis Watkins, Michaela Quinn, D’Ella Heschmeyer, Sydney Shook, Sophia Sorrentio, Julia Singleton, and Maggie Milano. (Disclosure: Watkins and Heschmeyer are both senior staff members of The Exponent.) 

“Me and my friend Mateus sing it at karaoke, it is our favorite song to perform,” Robinett said of the Underwood song she performed.   

At the end of the night, the entire cast came together for a rendition of  “Dion’s It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.”