Talent On Display

March 11, 2013

Go backstage at the annual Pacific's Got Talent Showcase, held March 2.

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Stephanie Landtiser ’16 has been singing since first grade and is a mostly self-taught guitarist.

So when she saw posters around campus about the Pacific’s Got Talent Showcase, her friends encouraged her to sign up.

“It’s a nice, small campus,” Landtiser said. “It’s a good opportunity to get your face out there, and a little publicity.”

I met up with Landtiser on March 2, the night of the show, in a practice room in Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, where she was prepping her voice and playing the piano.

“I like to practice in a small space where I can hear myself,” she said. She had begun practicing a couple weeks earlier, after deciding to perform The Freshman by Jay Brennan.

“Sometimes before a show I have a Supernatural marathon, just to calm down my nerves. But right now, I feel okay,” she said a half-hour before stage time.

At 8 p.m., an audience piled into the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center. The annual talent showcase was preceded this year by an art exhibition, in which students submitted paintings, photographs and sketches for display.

The talent show itself drew a full auditorium of students to watch singer-songwriter performances, a hip-hop dance performance and a one-man performance of Rapunzel. The audience voted on their favorite performance and their favorite set of art from the exhibition. Winners took home a cash prizes, as well as bragging rights until next year’s Pacific’s Got Talent Showcase.

Landtiser didn’t win, but, she said, “I feel like I did way better than I thought I would.

“I’ll definitely try to do it again next year!”