Fall Coffeehouse

Credit: Autumn Derby
This year’s hosts, Zara and Catie, engaged the crowd by initiating various interactive games. Some of which included anonymously sending in jokes, “spill your guts or fill your guts,” and a series of trivia questions.

The brightly colored spotlights shone upon the performers at the annual Fall Coffeehouse where students gathered to watch their peers present their musical talents in Zetkov.
This year’s performances took place in Zetkov as a result of the recent demolition and rebuilding process of the PAC. This was also the first time Hackley had hosted an indoor Coffeehouse since before COVID. Considering the fluctuation of location for the performing arts program, the future Center For Arts and Technology will be an exciting addition to the campus.
Overall, the night was very much a success. Some of the performances included various band groups, as well as individual performers with songs ranging from “Waterloo” by ABBA, performed by seniors, Nailah Archer and Daniel Shola-Philips, junior, NJ Roc-Sennett, and sophomore, Jack Magidson, to “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles, performed by freshman, Cara Minello.
Hackley House Band, (which consists of seniors, Wylie Churchill and Daniel Shola-Philips, juniors, Asher Beck, David Linnett, and NJ Roc-Sennett, and sophomore, Jack Magidson), contributed to several performances that night such as “Anastasia” by Slash and “Plug in Baby” by Muse.
“My favorite part of the Coffeehouse was spending time with friends and watching the amazing performances,” Ava Maughan (‘25) said. “I thought the decor and lighting were great,” sophomore Phoebe Dungca said.
This year’s hosts, seniors, Zara Yusaf and Catie O’Rourke, entertained with several fun activities they arranged. These included trivia games, interactive joke-telling, karaoke, and so much more. One example of a game included “spill your guts or fill your guts” where audience members were chosen and challenged to either answer a randomized question, or consume an unappetizing food of their opponents’ choosing.
“I thought Zara and Catie did a really good job; they included the audience and everyone was laughing at the jokes,” freshman, Jiya Dhakad, said.
Overall, they kept the audience well-entertained throughout the course of the night and contributed to an unforgettable and enjoyable experience for everyone.