With a month to go before we dance for a cure for 46 hours, the THON events are well under way. The THON Showcase, “Hidden Wonders,” presented by First National Bank, is brand new to the schedule this year, and will feature many hidden talents from many Penn State students in the THON community.
This event will take place in Eisenhower Auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. There will be 16 acts performing and competing for a chance to win $2,000 towards the organization of their choice.
Each act will be judged on a fundraising section, a talent portion and a question and answer panel.
Tickets can be purchased for $8 at the Eisenhower Auditoriumâ€™s box office, the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center or online. One ticket gets you entry to the show and the opportunity to be entered into a raffle. Throughout the night, seat numbers will be randomly selected for up to 10 chances to win $500 credited the organization of your choice.
Audience members will be involved in the show by participating in online polls to vote for their favorite acts.
Scarlett Loughlin, Events Coordinator for the THON Communications committee and creator of the THON Showcase, says that the main goal of the show is to highlight the talents of THONâ€™s volunteers in the community. â€œThis will be a great fundraising opportunity for THON, organizations and independent dancers. For there are a lot of opportunities to win money and credit those organizations,â€ Loughlin said.
The acts have been working tirelessly on their routines in preparation for Thursday night. Some performers will even be seen in more than one act.
Emily Lancia, a 19-year-old Penn State sophomore, dances for two organizations that will be taking the stage Thursdayâ€”Tapestry Dance Company and VolÃ©: The Penn State Ballet Club. Lancia says that she is ecstatic and honored to be a part of this new event.
â€œBoth organizations have been rehearsing these numbers since the beginning of the fall semester, and I personally feel so lucky to be able to raise money FTK while doing what I love,â€ Lancia said.
The Penn State community will get to see the organizationsâ€™ talented individuals outside of THON and get them excited for what is to come on the big weekend. â€œSo bring your friends, bring your organization, bring your family,â€ Loughlin said.