Student life spotlights talent show tryouts

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Kinesiology sophomore Raul Riojas breakdances during a talent show sponsored by the office of student life and the campus activities board Wednesday in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Riojas won an Amazon Kindle Fire for first place. Nine acts performed in front of more than 60 people. Photo by E. David Guel

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Talent show set for early November

By David Guel

Students yearning to bask in the limelight or those just looking to have a good time can test their stage presence for the annual “SAC’s Got Talent” show.

The office of student life will host tryouts 2-4 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

The talent show is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Fiesta Room.

Tryouts are open to all currently enrolled students at no cost.

Students can apply in the office of student life, Room 260A of Loftin, until the day of tryouts.

Performances are limited to five minutes, and student life will provide a sound system and up to three microphones.

This year’s talent show prizes have not yet been decided, but according to a Nov. 5, 2014, Ranger story, last year’s first- through third-place prizes were a Kindle fire, Beats earbuds and an iPod shuffle, respectively.

Senior student success specialist Carrie Hernandez encourages students to try out and share their talents.

“The main thing is getting them engaged and involved, but also having them build their confidence in either performing or just with their presentation,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez says past shows featured as many as 24 performers and about 100 audience members.

Hernandez recalls many guitar players and singers at the tryouts and the show and anticipates a broader range of acts this year.

“I kind of look forward to having somebody who can play the piano … somebody who dances,” Hernandez said.

“I’ve had somebody even do a pet show; they brought their pet and did tricks,” she said. “I had somebody do juggling … a poetry reading. We had an Elvis impersonator one time.”

English freshman Samantha Jacobs, one of two already signed up to try out, said she looks forward to performing and recommends that hesitant students “just do it.”

“It’s fun; if you have something you enjoy doing, you can do it in front of others.” said Jacobs, who is trying out for the first time.

In addition to overcoming performance fears, Hernandez says students always enjoy themselves.

“They have fun; that’s the main thing. Everything we do (at student life) is fun.”

For more information, call Hernandez at 210-486-0128 or visit the office of student life.


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