The 54th year of Gaslight is in the books and there is plenty to talk about. This variety show had just that: variety. The audience heard everything from original ballads, to singing kids with kazoos, to beautiful Spanish singing, to a Pokemon cover, a very emotional performance about sexual assault awareness, and many more great performances.
The Kazoo Kids were all the buzz. Musicians played the kazoo, tambourine, and many other instruments to add to the quality of the song. Junior Ena Moats showed off her vocal skills singing the lead to this one-minute cover of the song “It Hurts” by The Bad Bad Hats, a local Minnesota band that performed at the Midwest Music Fest. Most of the performers in the group had never even performed before, including senior Shea Tandberg.
“Sam [Kreutzfeldt] and Ena just decided that they wanted to put something together and got a bunch of people to join. It was a really cool experience as a senior who never performed at Gaslight, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it,” said Tandberg.
Freshman Marielle McNabney performed an original song titled, “Clockwork,” stealing the hearts of many with a song that was catchy and beautifully written.
From left: Elliut Fonseca, Bailey Steinke, and Jake Muzzarelli perform “Til It Happens To You”
Photo by Grace Van Beest
Some of the other amazing acts included a duet by Darren Orbison and Mari Morales-Lozano, singing “Blue Bayou” by Roy Orbison/Empire Cast. They alternated between singing in English and Spanish, leaving everyone with the chills.
A group called Professor Bloak and the Elite 5 did a creative performance to the song “Pokemon: Gotta Catch ‘Em All,” by Professor Bloak and the Elite 5.
The most moving part of the show was when emcees Bailey Steinke and Jake Muzzarelli were joined by Elliut Fonseca to perform Lady Gaga’s song, “Til It Happens to You,” and provided statistics about sexual assault.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to show their support, SAC and Gaslight had a table set up providing information about the issue. There were also several performers in the show wearing the “It’s On Us” campaign t-shirts to show their support.
Students can continue to learn about sexual assault awareness this month during D3 week when the It’s On Us campaign pledges will be available for students to sign up.