Talent Show features family fun for weekend

Bowling Green State University has hosted a talent show for Family Weekend the past three years. The Office of Campus Involvement wanted to offer families and students a family-friendly activity that allowed BGSU to showcase its talented students. This year, there will be eight people performing in the Talent Show. Most of the contestants showcase their musical talents by singing, but Jason Schwab will be juggling instead.

Schwab is competing in the competition because of his involvement last year–when he won second prize.

The show is a time when students can share not-so-common hobbies like juggling, according to Schwab.

“With a talent like juggling, you don’t get to show it off much,” he said.

Schwab will be juggling to “Ball and Chains” by Sublime.

Junior Stephanie Wancheck who also participated in the Talent Show last year, appreciates the opportunity to perform in public at events like the show. Wancheck will be singing “You Got a Friend in Me” by James Taylor.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to get out and perform in front of students,” she said.

According to Wancheck, the show will be fun because the students in it all have a common interest for performing and they don’t feel as if they are competing against one another.

The Office of Campus Involvement would like to see more students enter the event, but overall they are happy with the turnout, according to Heather Birshara, program coordinator in the Office of Campus Involvement and organizer of the event.

“Many of these students love to perform but aren’t performance majors, so it is a way for them to showcase their talents,” she said. “We would love to see more students audition and be in the show, but we understand that students may plan to simply spend time with their family during the weekend, or go to the football game.”

There was no fee to be able to perform; all a student had to do to enter was audition. Admission to the talent show is also free. The first prize winner will be given a $100 gift certificate to the University Bookstore, second prize is a $50 certificate and third prize will be $25.

According to Bishara, organizers are hoping for an audience of at least 100 people.