Magician to judge annual talent show

12 student performers set to take stage

By Patrick Fleming
On April 20, 2017

Photo contributed by UCPC

After months of preparation, the University Center Program Council’s 34th Annual Student Talent Show is finally about to begin.

Keeping themselves from becoming apathetic, those at UCPC are still set on making this the biggest show yet, which includes bringing in special guest Derek Hughes.

Making an appearance as a guest judge, Hughes is a stand-up magician who has made many television appearances including the CW’s "Penn and Teller: Fool Us" as well as season 10 of "America’s Got Talent."

He is also a creative producer on Tru Tv’s hit show, "The Carbonaro Effect," which is a show that specializes in pranks and magic tricks.

"Every year I feel like it continues to grow and I feel like it is one of the best traditions that Angelo State has," Samuel Mendoza, Coordinator for Student Programs & Activities, said. "It is one of my personal favorite events that the Program Council hosts yearly."

After the tryouts that took place last month, there were a total of 13 students who made it through the audition process and will be performing for the event.

This will result in 12 different performances since two of the students will be participating as a duo.

Most of these shows will consist of singing but there will also be some other talents like dancing, rapping and telling jokes.

"I, myself, am very eager to see the show come to fruition, because we have some pretty amazing performers for everyone to come and watch," Brooke Elliott, UCPC Nighttime Chairperson, said. "I am excited to see them give it their all, as well as enjoy a show put on by our special guest emcee, Derek Hughes."

There was a lot of preparation and time taken from the UCPC to organize the event this year with different committees from the organization like Special Events and Daytime Committee lending either a hand or resources.

This would include the people who set up and watched the auditions as well as others who put the two different stages together.

"[There] was definitely some pressure involved in making sure this talent show is successful and runs smoothly," Elliot said. "But in the end, it’s part of the process and gives me a great sense of gratification to know that I have helped contribute to the legacy. In the end, it’s part of the process and gives me a great sense of gratification to know that I have helped contribute to the legacy."

The event will be on Wednesday, April 27 at 7p.m. and will be in the conference room of the University Center.

Admission will be $2 per person and will be paid at the front desk beside the entrance of the show.

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