Variety show highlights Kent talent to aid Philippines

Erin Zaranec

Alpha Phi Omega’s Epsilon Psi chapter hosted a variety show Saturday night at the Michael Schwartz Auditorium with 50 percent of the proceeds going toward Philippines relief in light of the recent typhoon.

The show included all Kent-based talent, such as the Kent Clarks, The Barefoot Dance Tribe, and Buddy and Keegan. Most of the acts showcased musical talent. The Kent Clarks covered six songs a cappella style. The Barefoot Dance Tribe performed a hip-hop dance routine to a mash-up of songs. Buddy and Keegan performed four original acoustic songs and two cover songs.

Haley Baker, the service fraternity’s fundraising chair, said the event originated off of the idea of a cabaret show.

“We’ve never done something like this before,” Baker said. “A couple of (fraternity) brothers came up with the idea for a cabaret night. We thought that was a good idea but wanted to include more than just singing and dancing.”

Some of the acts originally slotted to perform cancelled at the last minute, so there was less variety in the show than the group wanted. Regardless of any complications, “It was a good way to show off local talent while raising money for a great cause,” Baker said.

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