There were 14 acts included in the “Hunger Games” themed Best Of show on July 6 in the Kirkham Auditorium.
Effie Trinket, played by Ellyn Risueño, a freshman studying psychology, and Cesear Flickerman, played by JR Timothy, a sophomore studying communication, hosted the event.
The show opened with a message from the Capitol, a spoof video that introduced the show and wished the performers that the “odds may ever be in their favor.”
The 14 acts were selected from the various Talent Activities sponsored shows from earlier in the semester.
“We only found out two weeks in advance that we were going to be in the show, we didn’t think we got in until we got the call,” said Andrea Olave, a senior studying health science.
Olave performed as a muse for the song “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” from Disney’s “Hercules.”
Some performers did double duty such as Amber Lynn Stoppel, a senior studying psychology, who performed in two acts.
During one act, she performed with the rock group West who played a rock ‘n’ roll medley that included “American Woman” by The Guess Who, “Let it Be” by the Beatles and “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick.
Stoppel also gave her last performance at BYU-Idaho with a solo act when she sang and played guitar.
Timothy also played two roles. In addition to emceeing as Cesear Flickerman, Timothy played piano while singing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.
“It was really stressful. I’ve never done it before. I wasn’t sure how the audience was going to react to me doing both,” Timothy said. “I figured out how I was going to do the transition as I was walking across stage.”
The closing act for the show was the Jump Rope Team, who had originally performed in the Mad Flow Hip-Hop Show.
The jump ropers performed hip-hop inspired moves while jumping rope.
They jumped rope individually and double dutch.
The jump ropers’ performance received a standing ovation from the audience.
“We got a really good reaction from the audience. I think it was a combination of the adrenaline and really nailing our last routine,” said Sarah Mickelson, a senior studying business management.
Lani Call, a sophomore majoring in international studies, was the show’s manager and was the one who chose the theme for the show.
“It was a very unique theme. Some people like it some people didn’t,” Call said. “It was interesting to sit back here and see, oh that worked well, that didn’t. It was definitely a learning experience.”