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THON to Host First Showcase, ‘Hidden Wonders’

by on January 16, 2018 5:00 AM

THON will host its first-ever showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Eisenhower Auditorium. The event will replace Mr. and Mrs. THON and will incorporate the theme “Hidden Wonders” throughout the night.

The showcase will include a fundraising portion, a talent portion and a Q&A session for competing acts.Through this event, Communications Events Coordinator Captain Scarlett Loughlin hopes acts will be able to share their talents and fundraising efforts.

“Hidden Wonders creatively incorporates the THON 2018 theme ‘Discovering Tomorrow’s Wonder,’ meanwhile holding true to what the event is really doing: highlighting the talent that might be unnoticed otherwise within our THON community,” Loughlin said.

The fundraising component is a weeklong window for each organization to fundraise to get the leading amount of points going into the showcase. This point total will be added to the two other portions for the act’s total score.

Fifteen acts will perform at the event representing different organizations, committees, and independent dancer couples. The performers were chosen through an application and audition process. The first-place act will take home $2,000 for its respective THON organization and the second-place act will leave with $1,000.

“These talented individuals are our hidden wonders of THON,” Laughlin said. “To me, this means we give these shining souls a chance to show Penn State all that they have to offer in their question and answers, talent and dedication to fundraising for THON.”

Audience members can also win some money for THON — 10 attendees will be chosen at random for drawings of $500. Tickets are $8 and will automatically be entered into the lottery for the prize to be credited to the winners' THON organization of choice.

The groups performing at the Hidden Wonders showcase are: 

  • The Roof and Caroline Morris
  • Content Sponsor

  • Maggie Rainey
  • Samantha Panny
  • Bryel Frasch and Ethan Siegel
  • Jessica Gazzani
  • Shawn Fox
  • Addison Lindenberg
  • Ambitions Dance
  • Alexander Myers
  • Vole
  • K-Pop and Dance
  • Garrett Liebel
  • Bethany Dennis
  • Tapestry Dance
  • Najah Brown and Brian Stickler​

Tickets for the showcase are available at the Eisenhower Auditorium box office, the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, and online.


Derek Bannister is a writer for Onward State.
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