By Becky Newby
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Auditions for Saint Mary’s University’s 42nd annual Gaslight musical variety show were held Feb. 22 - 24 in the Toner Student Center basement.
Gaslight performances will be held in the dining hall on Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 at 7 and 10 p.m. The show will be hosted by the senior class of 2008 and will feature musical acts in genres such as country, acoustic, heavy metal, rock and pop, according to Lindsay Dickson, one of the senior class officers.
“There were 55 students and 26 acts chosen to perform this year,” said Dickson. “That is much more than usual.” Gaslight 2007 featured 22 acts.
A panel of five seniors and one staff member judged over 50 performances. Each audition was scored in various categories from stage presence to originality.
Since Gaslight is scheduled to be a two-hour show, Dickson said the panel was forced to cut a lot of quality acts.
Veteran Gaslight vocalist senior Moreen Bosch said she was amazed by the number of people who auditioned this year.
Bosch will be performing in five different acts, including an original song written by senior Bryan Atchison and an acoustic version of Britney Spears’ “Give Me More.”
“There were a lot of phenomenal girl singers who auditioned this year,” said Bosch.
“Typically, many of the acts are fronted by men,” said Dickson.
Junior Ali Fisch said she wanted to audition last year, but couldn’t get anything together in time. “There’s nothing like the high you get when you’re on stage in front of a live audience, doing what you love,” she said.
This year Fischer will be singing “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” by Ann Peebles.
Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. The proceeds will benefit the senior class to help with costs for senior week activities and the senior class gift.
For further questions, contact Lindsay Dickson at email@example.com or Anna Skonieczny at firstname.lastname@example.org.