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Powerful Peer Performances

Students have the opportunity to display their talents on these miraculous nights. The Christian Brothers community of students has had the opportunity to express their artistic side freely with Open Mic Nights for many years now. Some people who are new to the school have no idea what an Open Mic Night consists of or […]

Students have the opportunity to display their talents on these miraculous nights.

The Christian Brothers community of students has had the opportunity to express their artistic side freely with Open Mic Nights for many years now. Some people who are new to the school have no idea what an Open Mic Night consists of or how to get involved.

Any student can audition — and more than singing is accepted and wanted by the Open Mic Crew.

“Preparedness is what we mainly look for,” Open Mic Moderator and CB English teacher Ms. Natalia Chiapa ’00 tells the Talon. “If you are not prepared to perform in front of a crowd, you probably won’t make it.”

Ensuring that content is properly prepared is the cornerstone of any successful audition. When preparing content for auditions, students must remember that we are a Lasallian school and there are certain standards that must be met as well as respected.

“We will often work with acts to censor or rewrite songs, and we are especially open to songs that protest bad things,” says Ms. Chiapa.

When asked to elaborate on “bad things”, the Open Mic Moderator gave the example of Lorde’s song “Royals”, which protests teenage drinking.

There is no exclusive selecting based on number of times students have performed when choosing acts for a show and first time performers are welcomed with open arms by the Open Mic crew. There is an average of 24 acts allowed in each show to ensure shows do not run for too long.

“The acts I always like to see are theatrical acts because they are unique and tend to enthrall an audience,” Open Mic co-emcee Dylan Santana (’14) explains.

Examples of other performances allowed and appreciated in an Open Mic Night show are monologues, scenes, and magic tricks.

“[We welcome] anything different that expresses individuality and would be well received by and audience” says Open Mic co-emcee Megan O’Hearn (’14).

So if you have any talents or skills that you wish to share with the rest of your supportive and inclusive CB community, be sure to audition for the next Open Mic Night.

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