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by Tiffany Garrett, News editor

 

“It was great,” said Jenni Matheson, director of Student Life. “It was fun, and we couldn’t have asked for a better audience. They were so supportive.”

Festivities started with a pre-show picnic at 6 p.m. at China Gateway Park, next to the theater. The school provided free pizza, cotton candy, shave ice, popcorn, and drinks as the performers prepared inside the theater.

Theater doors opened at 7 p.m. as each guest was given a program and a raffle ticket for the event. The lower gallery soon filled, and “Da Freakshow” started at 7:30 p.m. Emcee Sam John introduced himself and then introduced the judges, who included Vice President for Administration Rick Stepien; Chaplain and speech instructor Rev. Dale Burke, Athletic Director Jill Ward, and then ASHPU Parliamentarian Rebecca Lopez, who graduated in June and is now the Student Life office manager.

The show used seven different sets, with a short break between acts, for changes and so the judges had time to tally up the scores. Third place, $200, went to Sarah Zirkle and John Simpson for their version of “Tell Him,” which was originally performed by Celine Dion. Second place, $350, went to Daryl Takushi who did a lip sync performance to “Good morning Baltimore,” from the 2002 Broadway play Hairspray. Labrador, won $500 for her version of 4 Non Blondes “What’s Up.”
Other performances included break dancing by Martin Albanesi, a beat-box performance by Carlos Uretta, hula by Leilani Soon, and many more.

During the performances, many in the audience supported their friends by waving their cell phone lights as the performers sang or danced.

“ There was so much energy in the show,” said Matheson, “one of the earlier performers came out on stage and danced with the final act.”

At the end of the show, before the winners were announced, the winning raffle tickets were drawn for gift certificates, HPU logo wear, and even an IPod Nano won by senior Jennifer Concepcion.

“ One of the best things that came out of the talent show,” said Nathan Rudibaugh, then office manager for Student Life, “was the feeling of cohesion; everyone had a chance to know everyone else. The event helped bring that feeling to the whole campus.” Rudibaugh is now the communication coordinator for Student Affairs.

“ I’m impressed,” said sophomore Chanel Reeve, a visual communication major. “It was very well organized for the first one. It was entertaining, and I’m looking forward to the next one.”
 

The Cast

Dustin Doshier Speaking Poetry
Michael Kiese Guitar/Vocals
Martin Albanesi Break Dancing
Lianne Kloczkowski Singing
Mitchell Condit Speaking
Kyhmra Pambid Singing
Christy Decker ASL
Daryl Takushi Lip Sync Performance
Sean DeWispelaere Piano
Leilani Soon Dancing
Kekoa McClennan Singing
Zaysha K. Labrador Singing Instrumental
Carlos Uretta Beat Box
Michael T. Edwards Guitar/Vocals
Ani Martirosian Guitar/Vocals
Bryan Smith Singing, Guitar, Cello
John Simpson
Phillip Antoige Human Video
Brittney Dobins Singing
Jamie Novak Tap
Joshua D. Campbell Karate
Chris Pickering Guitar/Vocals
Sarah Zirkle Guitar/Vocals
John Simpson
Vincent G. Tsushima Band/Drums

 
 

 

 

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