Written by Jessica Shelburne
The Campus Activities Board here at RC is hosting an event called “Roanoke’s Got Talent” where students can come and exhibit any talent they may possess.
Auditions were held from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15 and more than 10 acts came to debut their skills in areas such as singing, musical performance and dance.
On March 16 at 6 p.m. in Alumni Gym, all of the acts will take the stage to compete for first place.
Freshman Sarah LeMay and junior Gabe Umland prepared a song to sing together for the audition, and they hope to use this experience to strengthen their vocal capabilities and have fun. LeMay said that singing with Umland has helped her ability to harmonize and despite nerves prior to the audition, she claims that the experience thus far has been great.
Another act of musical performance participating in Roanoke’s Got Talent is the band “cousin.” This band consists of four members: senior JD Shaw on lead guitar, Ian Hancock on rhythm guitar, Nick Lucchini on drums and Arin Vaughn on bass guitar. The band defines their music as instrumental indie/prog rock, and for the audition they prepared a 10-minute compilation of two of their songs.
“This show will actually be our first public performance, so hopefully we will be able to ascertain a response from the crowd that we can then use to prepare for our shows in the future,” Shaw said.
Freshman Donovan Hill is dancing for Roanoke’s Got Talent. Hill has years of experience in hip-hop dance and for his audition prepared a freestyle piece to “Rainy Day” by Tincup.
Since arriving at college, Hill feels that he has lost a bit of touch with his dance roots and regarding hopes for this experience, said, “I hope to surround myself with thoughtful performers who can express their passion in beautiful ways.”
These performers, alongside many others on March 16, will exhibit just a small portion of the wide variety of talent that can be found here at Roanoke.