The Professor Talent Show may not be as notorious as KAOS or the jail, but it certainly proved to be an affair to remember. “We were a little bit concerned it wouldn’t actually work,” said junior Hannah Roberts, the coordinator of the event. “I was so happy it turned out the way it did.”
She was worried that there would be a lack of attendance. Last year a poker night was planned instead of the talent show, and the year before that, the event wasn’t very popular. However, her fears proved to be unfounded; the place was packed. “I was obnoxiously Facebook-messaging and sent out a mass text half an hour before,” Roberts said. But she was surprised by how many people she didn’t know who attended. “It was mostly freshmen and sophomores, which was awesome.”
Seven professors performed in the talent show, ranging from Mrs. Phillip’s hilarious stand-up routine to Dr. Eidt’s German recitation of Edgar Allan Poe. However, the highlight of the night was Dr. Debra Romanick Baldwin’s act, which included not only a song but a costume change. Cierra Houchins, one of Dr. Romanick Baldwin’s students, was one of the surprised audience members. “It wasn’t weird hearing her sing because she sang for us in class, but it was epic to watch her change into that dress,” Houchins said.
Though all of the acts were memorable, it was Dr. Romanick Baldwin’s that garnered her first place. Dr. Andrews came in a close second.
Dr. Romanick Baldwin also shared her thoughts on the experience. “Well, it was nerve-wracking, but lots of fun,” she said. “My children also enjoyed the whole show. When asked what was his favorite act, my 10 year-old son, Marshall, named the wonderfully mangled ‘Little Red Riding Hood,’ which, in his words ‘was really funny, and the man delivered it very well.’ ‘Wait,’ I said, ‘so you wouldn’t vote for your own mother?’ ‘I’m sorry, Mummy,’ he replied cheerfully. This, in fact, delighted me – because I do want my kids to be independent thinkers and fair judges.”
The event, which was free to attend, raised a ballpark figure of $150. Roberts hopes that the successful acts this year will boost enough interest to have an admission fee in the future so that more money can be raised. “Hopefully, because it went so well, next year more professors will be interested in participating,” she said.