Nate Rocke and Jordan Peterson perform the song "Rent" from the famous Broadway musical at the Fame student talent show held March 11 in the student union. The duo was just one of the many acts who took the stage to display their talents in hopes of taking home a cash prize just in time for spring break.
“The power blows!” These ironic first words were uttered during the Fame talent show on Thursday, March 11 and rang true for the opening act of the night.
Jordan Peterson’s microphone failed to work as he began his duet with Nate Rocke for their performance of the song “Rent” from the Broadway musical. But the duo didn’t let the technical difficulty slow them down as they powered through the song – Peterson’s voice echoing through the Ponderosa Room without the use of a microphone to a crowd of around 500. It was a powerful start to a talent-filled night.
Following Peterson and Rocke were acts that included singing, dancing, drumming, magic, harp playing and even sign language.
Megan Baker’s signed rendition of Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” was a definite crowd pleaser. During Baker’s performance the audience bobbed their heads and laughed in all the right places. Baker’s “sing” language gave her third place in the individual performance category and $50.
“I am taking the second (sign language) level here on campus and did that song for an assignment. I thought it was a fun song because it is more like dancing and a very common song that pretty much everyone knows,” Baker said.
First place for individual performance went to Amy Kerns for her energetic Irish Riverdance. Kerns received the top individual cash prize of $200.
Ryan Hruza received $100 and second place for his heartfelt performance of “Run Away with Me” from “The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown.”
The winners in the group category also showcased their singing and dancing talents. The male dancing group Technologico wore multi-colored “I love Dance” shirts and break-danced their way into third place and $100. The group commanded the audience’s attention as they popped and locked for a crowd screaming and clapping along to the beat.
Nate Richardson and Joel “Tiki” Montes also got the audience participating with their performance of “Wagon Wheel.” Their happy and lively guitar playing and singing was contagious, as many audience members could be seen smiling and swaying to the music. Nate and Tiki received second place and $200.
The highest cash prize of the night went to unSTOMPable, a clogging trio that clogged to the Backstreet Boys’ “Larger than Life.” The team consisted of Emily Wemhoff, Abbie Davis and Becky Berven. Their bright sequined shirts mirrored the dazzling smiles of the cloggers. unSTOMPable went home with $300 and first place.
Each act was judged on talent, showmanship, costume/staging and crowd response. Heather Wolf, coordinator of student activities, thought the event was an overall success. “Fame 2010 was great! We had a great variety of quality acts and a great turnout at the show,” Wolf said.