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Variety Show Energizes Crowd at THON 2014

One of the more eclectic events at THON is the Kids Variety Show, where various performers young an old take the stage at the Bryce Jordan Center. Sunday morning’s Kids Variety Show was no different, as acts of all ages took to the stage and entertained the tired and weary crowd.

The set was kicked off by Savannah Keenan, who performed the song “Dancing Crazy” by Miranda Cosgrove with two other girls. This was followed up by an inspiring performance by Stephanie Miller, who dedicated her rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again” to her daughter, Kyla, who passed away when she was 10 years old in 2007.

Next on the card was an adorable performance of “Sweet Caroline” by two young siblings, Isabella and Jack Messina, who “heard this song at a football game.” Isabella sang — with a little help from the crowd — while Jack played the piano. While it would normally be difficult to follow up “Sweet Caroline,” Adyson Machemer’s cover of Taylor Swift’s “Mean” kept the crowd’s energy up, as everyone clapped and sang along.

“The Littlest Lionette” Ashley Fazekas was joined on stage by Penn State’s National Championship-winning dance team, the Lionettes, to perform a dance set to Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life,” followed by Kimberly and Hannah Hess performing a special THON-themed rendition of “Last Friday Night” by Katy Perry, with lines such as, “We are gonna win this fight, year after year, do it all again, year after year, do it all again.”

The next act was probably the most adorable performance of the entire show, as three-year-old Hope Roslevege “performed” the song “Roar” by Katy Perry with some help from two captains, despite not knowing the words. After Lauren Torres performed “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, the crowd was treated to Natalie Furster’s rendition of “Cups” by Anna Kendrick, backed by two people doing the Cups dance.

The final three performances were Kaitlyn Good and Ohana performing “Best Song Ever” by One Direction; Dominique Bigler, backed by Navigators, performing Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer”; and Penn State Hershey’s music therapist — joined by “some of [her] favorite kids” — performing a THON rendition of “Roar,” featuring lines like “We’re all one voice now, lets make some noise now, you redefined the possibilities,  made hope a reality, showed us care, showed us love, each family feels like we’re number one.”

With only a few hours left until the big reveal, the Kids Variety Show was the perfect thing to get the packed crowd at the BJC excited, motivated, and ready for THON’s home stretch.

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