Cedarville’s comedy, dance and acapella orgs will perform together Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27 in the DeVries Theatre. The event is the first ever in which the three groups – DTR, Ayo and the Inversions, respectively – will perform one show.
Ayo treasurer Richard “RJ” Kelly said the event has been in the works for more than a year.
“Last year I wanted the three of us to come together, the three entertainment orgs, as we have been defined,” Kelly said. “And we’ve never got to do a big show together.”
So, Kelly met with the presidents of the three orgs to jump start this event. However, complications led to the orgs setting aside the ambitious idea.
Inversions’ PR director Robert Rhodes said that at the start of start of the Fall 2015 semester, the Inversions were trying to come up with way to be more involved in philanthropy work. The group then revisited the idea of a combined entertainment org show.
“It’s hard to find ways to do (philanthropy work) in your org, and this is a perfect avenue to do that with all three of us pulling all of our resources in this way,” Rhodes said. “So, there has definitely been talk among our officers about making this more of a regular thing.”
Audience are sure to be entertained with such a large variety of talent, but if that’s not enticing enough, Hadassah Roberts, marketing director and vice president of DTR, said there will be a few surprises for the audience.
“Each org will have two segments of their own act,” Roberts said. “Then we are all learning each others’ traits. Representatives from Ayo and the Inversions will be in DTR improv games, Ayo members are teaching us a dance, and since none of us can sing, we are going to lip sync with the Inversions.”
The orgs’ ultimate desire is to continue to build a sense of community while bringing together and exposing different audiences to an alternative style of entertainment.
“We all have our separate groups that like each org, and we really wanted to bring them together,” Kelly said. “Rather than just sing(ing) or just dancing or just comedy, (we) have all three to come together to form a new kind of entertainment that never really has been seen before.”
Ticket sales for the combined DTR, Ayo and Inversions performance go to support SGA’s philanthropy project, “The 937.” Tickets will be sold at the door and in the lower SSC from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26.
Emily Day is a junior journalism major and arts & entertainment editor for Cedars. She is an avid reader, runner and is a general Disney enthusiast.