The first Kids’ Variety Show is always a THON highlight and 2014 was no different.
First to the stage was Ashley and Dani Ostott singing “See You Again” by Carrie Underwood. Their energy and happiness got the crowd pumped up and members of Tetra were very enthusiastic in their blue shirts to see their THON child, Ashley, singing on stage with her sister.
Next up was AJ Bobby and his two sisters Annabelle and Alexis singing “Big Green Tractor” by Jason Aldean. AJ got the crowd aww-ing and excited with his oh-so-cute rendition of the popular country song. AJ is Theta Chi’s THON child and he ended his act with a incredibly loud “We Are” chant.
Ella Trimble, Women’s Club Basketball’s THON child, and her brother Jacob took the stage with a plethora of funny THON-related jokes. One of the crowd’s favorites was: “Why did the Nittany Lion cross the road?” To that, the crowd said “what?” Jacob replied, “to get to THON!” Jacob finished his act with a very polite “We Are” chant and made sure to thank the crowd.
Next was Kato Griffiths, THON child Kasey Griffiths’ brother. He sang and played guitar to the song, “Amazing Grace.” Kato is 16 and is currently recording his own original music. He definitely has a lot of talent!
Dylan Moser was up next to sing a medley of Imagine Dragons songs, including “Demons,” “On Top of the World,” and “Radioactive.” He was joined on stage by some members of his THON orgs, Delta Tau Delta and Delta Zeta, who were dancing along with his singing. As many children before him, he ended with an enthusiastic “We Are” chant.
Taking the stage next were Kaitlin and Natalie Buser singing a THON favorite “Firework” by Katy Perry. They were dancing and having a great time while their org, Circle K, and the crowd danced and sang along with them cheering them on.
Dancers from Penn State’s ballet group Vole helped Karlie, Jenna, and Keegan Nolt dance on-stage. The colorful tutus and music got the crowd energized.
Tables were placed on stage for Erin Hawk’s beautiful rendition of “Cups” from Pitch Perfect. Erin added her own unique verse to the song: “They’re the best, they’re so much, they are the best THON org, we love everyone, we’ve even got the Nittany Lion, they are the best, they’re Impact!”
Next, Amanda, Stephanie, and Rebecca Allen sang a crowd-favorite “One Thing” by One Direction, which always gets the crowd singing along.
Sydney Bush, Delta Sigma Pi’s THON child, was up next to impress the crowd with her amazing rendition of the popular song “Royals” by Lorde. Fortunately for everyone in the crowd, adorable Sydney wasn’t dressed like Wednesday Addams.
Last, Andrew Woods, brother of Michael Woods, was up on stage to sing Usher’s “Yeah 3x” with the members of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and their impressive light up letters and dance moves.
That’s it for the first Variety Show of THON 2014! Participants in tomorrow’s show tomorrow morning will have a lot to live up to.