Salt Lake Community College students, faculty and staff recently had the opportunity to take the stage and become stars for a day.
With the help of Student Life and Leadership and the College Store, the SLCC Staff Association organized the first-ever “SLCC’s Got Talent” event last Thursday in the Oak Room at Taylorsville Redwood Campus.
The competition involved all types of performance art and creative works from all areas of the campus community. Students, staff, faculty and their family members were all in attendance; the audience was healthily vocal and did not shy away from answering the performers in either applause or responses.
Staff Association delegate Gus Calder started the event with a comedy routine and magic show. After Calder left the stage, SAEB Team Awesome came up to perform a dance-off.
Outreach and Access administrative assistant Rebecca Schumann sang “Journey To The Past,” a remake from the original in Disney’s “Anastasia.”
Schumann has previously performed at hospitals, rest homes and the VA. She thinks the competition allowed people to get together and learn something new about their peers and colleagues.
“Everyone has a talent,” she says. “They just sometimes don’t know how to share it.”
Schumann’s performance surprised a few of her colleagues.
“It’s funny,” she says, “because a lot of people are like, ‘I didn’t know you could sing.’ And I’m like, yeah, I can sing. ‘No, no, no–like that.’”
Psychology student Ciara Paige started dancing 17 years ago, and currently practices aerial silks at Onyx Pole and Aerial Fitness in Sandy. She dazzled the audience as she performed an improvisational dance to “Fly With Me” by Dub FX.
“My parents got me into a creative dance class and I just fell in love with it,” she says, “and ever since then I’ve just been dancing and competing and performing.”
Student Life and Leadership assistant vice president Curt Larsen served as master of ceremonies. He helped the show smoothly transition from act to act by performing a skit about items in his kitchen drawer.
An assortment of visual art was put on display behind the audience seating. The exhibit included photography by Tami Anderson, floral designs by Hilda Sandi, and woodworking by Jay Hoggins, who works with Schumann.
Curious to many was the hand spinning by Jill Tew. At one end of the table she had a spool of real alpaca yarn, which, as it turns out, is actually hypoallergenic and warmer when compared to wool.
Guests and performers thanked current Staff Association president Julia Ellis and president-elect David Bower, as well as all of the other delegates for organizing the event.
Visit the SLCC Calendar for more information on upcoming campus events.