Students, faculty and community members celebrated Homecoming Weekend by attending the annual Homecoming Variety Show for a fee of $5.
The show took place Oct. 11-12 in the Ron Houston Center for Performing Arts. It was full of skits and olio acts which included singing and dancing. The skits were performed by various Greek Life organizations and similar societies. Each one centered around the theme of having the greatest circus show.
The $5 ticket was a new aspect of the Variety Show this year. The fee didn’t affect attendance much, but the Homecoming Executive Board is in the midst of analyzing the effect and brainstorming ways to raise money for Homecoming if it decides not to sell tickets again.
Homecoming Royalty and Variety Show Chair Emily Elliott was happy about the crowd that attended each show. The audience was full of enthusiasm which helped the show run smoothly.
“We didn’t sell out like I wanted to,” Elliott said. “I think it was just because we sold tickets this year instead of just having a free show. I think the turnout was really good. It was still completely full, it just wasn’t 100 percent full like in the past.”
The show emcees were Keegan Cooper and Josh Paulus. They kept the audience engaged with competitive humor and asked for people to send tweets @NWHomecoming with #GreatestShowAtNW.
Cooper and Paulus read tweets to the audience between acts. They even put up a poll to ask the audience who had the better plaid shirt: Cooper with blue or Paulus with pink. Cooper had 58 percent of the votes Thursday night.
The emcees had a dance-off Friday night.
Sophomore and audience member Haleigh Ronspies enjoyed having Cooper and Paulus on stage.
“The emcees are hilarious,” Ronspies said. “They’re really good this year.”
The Bearcat Steppers opened up the show with a dance routine. Another musical act was a duet between juniors Jaymie Argotsinger and Noah McBride singing Argotsinger’s original song, “Speak Up.”
The Nepalese Student Association later performed a cultural dance. To end the first half of the show, Lilly Flanery presented the song “For Forever” from the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” using only sign language.
Flanery requested that the audience applaud in sign language, which meant jazz hands. The crowd cheered loudly with hands held high for Flanery as she walked off the stage.
After a 10 minute intermission, Adam Bochart kicked off the second half with his magic show.
Between skits, Flash Flood performed “Little Lion Man.”
Sigma Society was a new participating group in the Variety Show. It performed it’s skit, “Sigma Society's Greatest Show.” The show brought senior April James out to the Variety Show for the first time.
“My roommate is in Sigma Society so I came to support her,” James said. “It was fun to see her out on stage.”
To end the show, Alicsa Wilson sang “Never Enough” from “The Greatest Showman.”
After the Variety Show, the Homecoming Executive Board announced the Homecoming Royalty Court. The crowns were presented by Homecoming Prince Landon Tapps and Princess Mylee McElain.
Jacob Liles and Megan Carter were named the 2018 Homecoming King and Queen.
Ronspies enjoyed the show and other Homecoming events.
“It gives a chance for everyone to get together, to celebrate us (and) what makes us special,” Ronspies said.
Elliott hopes to have greater diversity in the Variety Show in future years. This was the first year the committee reached out to departments and organizations outside of Greek Life.
“We want talented, diverse people from all areas of campus,” Elliott said. “Next year, I encourage the person in my seat to reach out to find new talented people for the Variety Show, to find new organizations to participate in Homecoming and for all students, all organizations and all departments to nominate for royalty. ”