Daily Collegian Story - Theta Chi and Tapestry wins first place in talent show

Homecoming: For The Glory Talent Show - Tapestry and Theta Chi do a number inspired by the circus during the For The Glory Talent Show at the Eisenhower Auditorium on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Tapestry and Theta Chi were the winners of the talent show. 

A variety of Penn State organizations took part in making last night’s For the Glory Talent Show in Eisenhower Auditorium a milestone for homecoming week.

Everyone involved in homecoming including many Greek and dance organizations, were invited to participate.

The homecoming court couples announced performances throughout the night.

Emily Schwartz (senior - broadcast journalism), the organization relations director for homecoming who held the show together and she said there would be a wide variety of performances.

The night consisted of 20 performances that showcased unique dance renditions, musical performances and even a performance from RAM Squad to close out the show.

Out of the 20 performances, one dominated the competition.

In third place was Delta Kappa Epsilon & Penn State Dance Alliance’s Wild Wild West themed choreography featuring a staged standoff between Penn State and Michigan in preparation for Saturday’s game.

In second place was Alpha Chi Rho & Orchesis’s performance of the most essential scenes from the film Finding Nemo mixed with dance numbers from the cast dressed as the movie characters.

In first place was Theta Chi & Tapestry’s circus themed dance routine featuring inspiration from the films like Madagascar and music choices that fit the theme as well as a tap-dance act from the Tapestry Dance Company.

Other acts included a musical performance of You’ve Got a Friend In Me from the movie Toy Story and a Scooby Doo themed dance number in which Michael Jackon’s Thriller dance was performed. The ‘ghoul’ happened to be a Michigan football player.

Stefano DiPietro, (junior-meteorology) of the Blue and White Society, said before they performed last night that their routine would be “really exciting and energetic.”

Though it was a competition, Dipietro said they hoped to get everyone in the crowd excited for homecoming and “to experience [it] to the best of their ability.”

He said that the event was the halfway point of the week and it was a great way to keep people fired up for homecoming.

The auditorium was packed with students last night, many being part of the organizations that took the stage.

Casey McQuiston (junior - special education) came to the show to watch her Sigma Alpha sisters compete.

She said the show was great because “it’s one of the events that gets all the organizations participating in homecoming to come together.”

After the show, she said her expectations were met and the performers showcased some great talent.

“The winners—Theta Chi & Tapestry— were really good,” McQuiston said.

The first performance of the night was from Atlas THON and featured a dance routine showcasing the pride of Penn State.

Alaina Harvey (senior - hotel restaurant institutional management) of Atlas THON, said this was her third year being a part of the talent show and they always have a lot of fun.

She started choreographing the performance in the summer and, in the past four weeks, taught it to all the performers, Harvey said.

“This is a really awesome way to see how everyone in different organizations have so many different talents and are able to show it to the rest of the community,” Schwartz said.

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