On Saturday, March 29, Trinityâ€™s Student Programming Board hosted the annual talent show, Spotlight. This yearâ€™s show featured 14 different acts from a wide range of performance types, including singing, dancing, acting and even spoken poetry. Participants spent several weeks rehearsing in preparation for the show.
Junior Anna Van Buskirk, a member of the Acabellas, is used to performing for an audience, but she admits that the process leading up to Spotlight is much more involved than the acapella groupâ€™s average performance.
â€œThe weeks leading up to Spotlight are consumed with work and rehearsals for our number. For the show, we create something special and completely our own. We choreograph our dance moves, arrange our own music and make our own costumes,â€ Van Buskirk said.
Judged by three Trinity professors, the showâ€™s competitive nature added an extra element to the performance for many participants.
â€œEverything is black when youâ€™re first on stage. Then the lights come on and you still canâ€™t see anything, and youâ€™re somehow even more nervous than you were backstage,â€ said sophomore Kirk Murrell, a member of Overheard acapella group.
When the time came for a winner to be announced, the dance crew Back to Basics took first place. Their act featured original hip-hop choreography set to a montage of songs, spanning several genres. The judges awarded second place to sophomores Sarah Yaccino and Imogen van der Werff for singing â€œThe Prayer.â€ The Acabellas earned third place with their melody of songs from the Disney movie â€œHercules.â€
SPB hosts several events during the year, but Spotlight is one of its major events, receiving a very positive response from the student body. Around 800 audience members were present for this yearâ€™s â€œSurvivorâ€-themed Spotlight.
â€œMany students donâ€™t realize they are paying a student activity fee that helps finance a lot of our events,â€ said junior Jamie Banks, SPB traditions chair. â€œPeople should really take advantage of this and come out to more events. Theyâ€™re always a lot of fun.â€