A night of variety, excitement and admirable talent is anticipated in the duo of two former SAC events, Airband and Ballyhoo.
The combination of the antecedent lip-syncing contest and talent competition, now called Hoopla, will be in Christ Chapel on Friday, April 1, at 9:30 p.m.
“Hoopla is kind of a catchall competition, which is unlike the talent-specific events we do,” said senior Wes Garcia, vice president of the SAC and one of the coordinators for the event. Garcia added, “Students expressed an interest in a competition that wasn’t singing, dancing or talent specific, so we joined the talent of Ballyhoo with the lip syncing of Airband.”
Auditions were previously held for the competition, and eight acts have been selected to perform.
“We try not to take a ‘typical act’ approach. This year’s slate contains a few dances of varying styles, musical performances of various sizes and musical genres and something out in left field,” stated Garcia.
Freshman Alex Wendel and five other students from his dorm have engineered a 90s hipster favorite into a power ballad for Friday’s show. “Our interest was sparked by the friction of pure desire and opportunity to melt faces,” said Wendel. The musically-inclined gentlemen are looking forward to entertaining campus with their melodic talents.
The emcees for the night, Ryan Anderson and Lisa Barber, have organized Minute to Win It games that will take place between the Hoopla acts. Barber is looking forward to the event and commented, “The fun part about Minute to Win It is that the game uses household items.”
Earlier this week students signed up to have the chance to participate. After signing up they received an e-mail with the games that will be played, so they have the opportunity to practice beforehand. At the event names and games will be selected randomly by pulling them out of a hat.
Sophomore Erin Anderson, a potential participant for the evening, shared her motives for signing up for the games. “I have to redeem myself from freshman orientation weekend when we played Minute to Win It.” Anderson is planning to practice before Friday night.
In addition to Hoopla providing a night of entertainment for NW students, the SAC event hopes to fundraise for the Japan disaster relief efforts. Admission is $1 for the night.
“All the acts put into the competition are enjoyable,” said Garcia. Students can expect a fun-filled night from the well-prepared talent performances and the spontaneous Minute to Win It challenges.