The Best of Show featured 15 performing gros. Each gro performed an act from the event they were a part of earlier in the semester such as Disney’s Magic Moments and Acoustic Cafe.
The acts ranged from Double Dutch jump rope acrobatics to bands performing original songs to acting out the opening musical number of Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Lance McDonald, a junior studying communication, performed with the a capella gro Tempo Rush. He said he was very impressed by fellow performers.
“The dance routines were pretty phenomenal,” McDonald said. ”I loved the acoustic stuff and the ballroom routine was the coolest thing. It blew me away.”
McDonald said the crowd’s enthusiasm made it much easier for him and his gro to perform.
Carissa Lee, a junior studying dance, performed in the ballroom dance routine. Lee said her dance partner chose “Your Song” from Moulin Rouge because it required a great amount of skill. She said she felt good energy from the crowd in response.
Lee said she thought everything went very smoothly, both in the routine and in the stage crew’s lighting and sound work.
“I was a little bit worried because it wasn’t a dance show so there were other things on stage that aren’t normally there during a dance show,” Lee said. “There was a big set of drums and a large piano, so we had to dance around those.”
Lee said she and her partner had to practice their routine during lighting in order to get the spacing just right to avoid running into unusual objects.
Chloe Sanders, a junior studying English Education, worked with audio as a part of the Talent Activities crew.
“When we do Best of Show it’s difficult because there’s a variety of acts,” Sanders said. “Changing and setting in between each act is the most difficult thing.”
Sanders said the crew had to make sure they had enough room for all the dancers and for the bands. She said setting fast enough was also a challenge.
“Sometimes, for a lot of shows, we get the instruments plugged in to the wrong input and for this show everything was plugged into the right input,” Sanders said. “Everything ran as it did in sound check.”