Performing Arts Council presents annual a capella sampler
The Performing Arts Council (PAC) hosted their third annual a capella sampler in Schwab Auditorium Thursday night.
There was already a line inside when it hit 7:00 p.m., the time the doors opened. People filed in, finding their seats while pop music blared through the speakers that were on stage.
“I love the a capella groups.” Marianne Black, a sophomore geography major, said as she stood with her friends in line. “They are just so good and I can’t single one of them out as my favorite because they are all my favorite.”
The house lights dimmed and the lights on the stage came on, purples and blues illuminating the dimmed stage.
People began to cheer, a whistle leaving the audience. Then silence began to settle and the hosts came out onto the stage.
”Hello, and welcome to the third annual PAC a cappella sampler.” Marisa Works, vice president of the Performing Arts Council, said, and the audience erupted with claps.
“We have eight groups performing tonight, so let’s get started” Eleanor King, a member of PAC in charge of community relations, said to the audience.
The night was full of singing and dancing. Energy filled the auditorium as group after group came on stage.
The first group up were the Singing Lions. For their first song, they sang the Penn State fight song. The group brought energy to the stage as they performed, dancing around the stage and interacting with one another as if they were at a football game. At one point, the members pretended to be at a football game making a field goal. Their next song was “We Sing,” and their last piece was “Step One” from the original Broadway show “Kinky Boots.” This group put their own fun twist on the songs they sang.
The Pennharmonics came on singing “Come Through,” which was their first piece of the night. Their second song, “Burning House,” a song from their EP, moved the audience to silence. The emotion in their voices made the audience still and no one knew whether to clap or not once it was over.
Savoir Faire, Penn State’s original all female a capella group came on and wowed the audience with their take on “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay. If you are a fan of this group, they are having a concert on Dec. 2.
Coda Conduct was brought out on stage and performed by Dua Lipa and Move by Little Mix.
During intermission, the hosts gave out some prizes which consisted of $50 gift card to the Penn State Bookstore and the tickets to whatever Performing Arts show the winner wanted to see.
Once everyone was back in their seats, None of the above, Penn State’s original co-ed a capella group came on stage. Their performance was full of energy as they sang Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz and Don’t stop me now by Queen.
The Statesmen, Penn State’s varsity all male a capella group performed It’s Gonna Be Me by *NSYNC and Stay with Me by Jarle Bernhoft. Their performance was great.
Blue in the Face, the second to last group to perform, took on “New Perspective” by Panic! At the Disco and they did not disappoint. Their voices blended well together and their second piece “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley.
Shades of Blue, the last group of the night, sang a mash-up of “Run to You” by Pentatonix and “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles. Their final song was “Shout-Out to My Ex” by Little Mix.
When each group sang a song, the audience was either silenced to listen intently or cheered, singing along to the songs they knew. The evening was one that succeeded in showing off what the a capella groups could do. When the last group finished, the hosts came back out to thank the groups involved in making the show possible and ended the night by asking the groups and audience sing the Penn State Alma mater.