This year’s rendition of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Talent Show in the Hop’s Spaulding Auditorium on January 26 took us through the ages with mediocre covers, complex lip-syncing and slam-ish poetry. As is tradition, each performance had to choose between a comical, low expectations sure thing or a professionally done, high expectation, hail Mary. This dynamic did not disappoint as Athletic Director Harry Sheehy got things started with a surprisingly superb blues throwback. The standard was set for the risk takers of the talent show proper. However, this bar proved too high as the comical “safe bet” productions took the crowd by storm.
The formal talent show began with poetry from Men’s XC. Though these two poems struck home with the audience and the judges on an emotional level, this crowd came to laugh. Women’s Hockey was up next with a dazzling air guitar tribute to KISS. The air drummer left the crowd speechless as she destroyed her brand new air drum set, dropped her sticks and walked off stage. And not a you-know-what was given.
Next up were the brave compassionate souls attempting to knock the doors down with shear talent alone. Track and Field were up first as The Batons covered Ed Sheeran with beautiful instrumentals and a lovely duet. The judges absolutely loved the box drum played by one young track athlete, calling it “tear jerking.” The heavy weight crew duo attempted to match the feat, but seemed too obscure with their violin-harmonica-guitar combo. Both failed to achieve professionalism that broke through to the low-brow crowd.
Fortunately the best was yet to come with Women’s Softball and Men’s Lax bringing out a High School Musical medley full of sugar, spice and all things nice, and a Lion King favorite, respectively. The women dazzled us with prop design and choreography, even hitting a couple soft balls to represent their proud sport. But this montage-like presentation lacked continuity, and only culminated in a Moosilauke Lodge square dance.
The Lacrosse team built on the comedic right from the get go by sarcastically professionalizing their a cappella performance. Matching khakis, tops, and dueling sopranos out front, won over the crowd along with an amazing Wimoweh. We laughed and we cried are way through this beautiful composition. And indeed the Lacrosse men won the day with the crowd and judge’s vote of support.
But the real winner of the night was Donnie Brooks with his brilliantly crafted DP2 plugs for “true moo milk,” beef jerky and massages. And lest us not forget his dig on Steven Spaulding exercises during the Heavyweight Crew duet. All in all everyone left satisfied with the real and mock talents of this year’s SAAC talent show.