Cast from the show share their thoughts about this year’s performance
Dance, improv comedy and a capella combined once again for the 2nd annual “Sing, Dance, Laugh” fundraiser performance on Feb. 24-25. The 2-hour show was hosted by CU’s dance org, Ayo; improv comedy group, DTR; and acapella group The Inversions, featuring a handful of skits involving members of all three orgs. Both nights were sold out.
Senior exercise science major Ben Yoder (pictured with sophomore Morgan Phillips) talks to the audience about the Maple Tree Cancer Alliance Center in Dayton, where he previously interned and now works as a physical trainer for cancer patients.
“The vision [of Sing, Dance, Laugh] is bringing three orgs together who wouldn’t normally do things together.” – Kaela Indyk, sophomore psychology major, member of Ayo. (Ayo opens the show with “Work This Body”, choreographed by junior Hannah Williams [left to right: sophomore Kaitlyn Ring, junior Michael Dundas, sophomore Daniel Chim, freshman Ben LaChance, junior Allison Staley, and sophomore RaeAnna Thomas]) Photo courtesy of Alex Weber.
“They stepped up a lot [from last year]. They added a lot of elements that we couldn’t implement.” – Robert Rhodes, a 2016 alumnus and one of the founding creators of the collab show. (Seniors Josiah Keith [Inversions, left] and Nat Williams [DTR, right] add to the comedic level of a mock dance audition, led by senior Sabrina Fridley, [Ayo])
“This year we already had a developed vision for the show, allowing us to have more collaboration events, which is the goal over all–seeing people come together in the unity that we have.” -MacKenzie Kastelein, senior music major, president of the Inversions. (Yoder teaches beatboxing basics to representatives from each of the orgs in “Ben’s Beatboxing Extravaganza” [from left, Yoder, freshman Drew Elliot of Ayo, sophomore Abe Portman of The Inversions and sophomore Bailey Steffen of DTR])
“We’ve seen people get excited about trying different org activities…and we hope that people continuously get excited about it.” – Nat Williams, senior youth ministries major, member of DTR. (Williams [left] and sophomore Jake Tanner lip sync Weird Al Yankovic’s “Amish Paradise” during the Lip Sync Battle.)
“It’s super fun to get all three entertainment orgs together. We hope to see this collaboration continue through many years.” – Josiah Keith, senior music education major, member of the Inversions. He joins Ayo in their performance of “Steppin’ Time” from Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’.
“[Our vision] is to give people a cheap entertainment that’s quality, and to use our talents for God, and to make people laugh.” – ReaAnna Thomas, sophomore allied health major, member of Ayo. (LaChance and senior Shai Renne have the audience roaring with laughter with their lip sync of CeeLo Green’s rendition of “Kung Fu Fighting”.)
“We’re all gifted in so many different ways.” – Tanner, biology major, member of DTR. (In a “Cedarville-appropriate” rendition of ABC’s The Bachelor, the girls don’t take it well when the Bachelor [senior Josh Ruhlmann, DTR] reveals that he found a girlfriend “back home” after leaving the show.)
“It’s become easier for the orgs to collaborate, and try out each other’s stuff. That has made a huge difference: the confidence. There’s just a lot more confidence in the performance.” – Amy Radwanski, senior double major journalism and broadcasting/digital media, member of Ayo.
The cast and crowd are in smiles as confetti cannons are fired off at the conclusion of Saturday night’s show.