Breakdancing, bluegrass, acoustic performances of popular as well as original songs and rapping were just some of the acts featured in Kresge Recital Hall during the Homecoming Talent Show last Friday. Amongst an almost full house, a few alumni were present to see the show. Seniors Ashley Antenore and Tim Schmeling announced the acts and also providing some entertainment in between. Before the show was to begin, Antenore and Schmeling told the audience to lift the desks between their seats. If a student’s desk had a piece of paper taped to it, he or she would sit in the front row and be one of the judges of the talent show who would decide, along with the intensity of the applause of the audience, who would win first, second and third place.
The first act of the night was Soulfege, an a capella group founded last year by sophomore Laurel Tippe. Soulfege sang “When I’m Sixty-Four” by The Beatles, with sophomore John Budding acting as soloist in the center. The a capella group gave a well-received performance, singing with scats abound and inciting laughter from the audience with strategic pauses in between.
Freshman Chloe Luetkemeyer performed the choreography of Beyonce’s music video for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” with a projector screen behind her showing the video. Dressed in a black unitard and heels, Luetkemeyer was in synch with the video most of the time and managed to retain the video’s fierce attitude throughout. She lip-synched to the song while dancing and a few cat calls came from the audience. At the end of her performance, Luetkemeyer stood in place while showing a ring on her hand, receiving a thunderous applause, with some in the audience giving a standing ovation.
Sophomore Alex Burik sang an original song called “Losing Touch” while playing acoustic guitar. The tempo of the strumming from Burik’s guitar was somewhat upbeat but the tone of his voice was plaintive as he sang about trying to regain lost lines of communication.
Singing “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” by The Temptations was sophomore Alex Kamins. Before starting his performance, Kamins asked how the audience was doing and said that he had not sung this song in a long time. Singing a capella, Kamins sat in a chair and tapped his foot to keep the beat and the audience slowly joined in, clapping along to his song. Kamins got up from his chair and walked around the stage during the song. “Sing it!” someone encouraged from the back and some of the audience sang along or mouthed the words.
The next performers were two breakdancers who looked as if they were battling each other in a competition. The audience enjoyed this high-energy performance as the two completed back flips and flipped over each other.
Following this was senior Brittany Amendolia who sang “Happy Hearts” by Okkervil River while strumming her electric guitar softly. Amendolia received a huge round of applause at the end of her performance.
Folk band Downer’s Grove played a bluegrass version of La Roux’s “Bullet Proof” with sophomore Ben Kammerer on snare and tambourine, sophomore and lead vocalist Josh Hosmer-Quint on mandolin, freshman Alex Uzarowicz on banjo, sophomore Sean Nolan and freshman Haley Beeson on acoustic guitar with Beeson providing backup vocals and freshman Annaliese Lengrerichon on electric bass.
Before freshman Jon Hewelt was to come on stage, he had a poem read to introduce him. Afterward, Hewelt played an original composition on piano which had a quick tempo throughout and received a great amount of applause.
Freshman Ivan Keta was introduced as having played the saxophone since the fifth grade and liking all genres of music. Keta came onto the stage holding his alto saxophone and wearing a bathrobe, checkered pajama pants and sandals—with only one sock. Keta rapped and played his saxophone with Hewelt on bass and also did a version of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok.”
Freshman Amanda Shiew sang an acoustic version of “Sweet Dreams” by Beyonce. Strumming chords slowly at first, Shiew started the song off like a ballad and as she progressed, she picked up her tempo and strumming. She sang with a sweet voice to complement “Sweet Dreams” and received an overwhelming amount of applause.
Freshman James Califf sang “Yes You Have” by Leeland a capella. He asked for some audience participation and they responded by stomping and clapping to the beat.
The next were seniors Jevin Lortie and Dave Kurian on acoustic guitars. They sang Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “3 Rounds and a Sound” by Blind Pilot. They had great voices that fit the sound of the songs and the audience seemed lost in their performance.
The last act of the night was freshman Donavan Rosa who did a free-style rap that featured Maurice McDavid ’10, at the end of the performance. Pulling his hoodie over his head, Rosa rapped and called McDavid to the stage.
At the end of the talent show, the judges picked the winners.