Auditions held for university-wide showcase

Auditions for the Florida A&M University “Spectacle” talent show are scheduled for Feb. 15 and 16 at 6 p.m. in the SJGC building, room 2021. Students who can sing, dance, rap or write poetry are welcomed to audition.

“This is an opportunity for amateur talent in all aspects of performing arts to showcase their talents in front of a live audience, hopefully ranging in the thousands,” said Trenton Davis, 25, a graduate journalism student from Sarasota and one of the event’s coordinators.

The “FAMU Spectacle” will be held March 17 in Lee Hall and is open to all students.

The grand prize is $250.

“It’s unique. This talent show will provide opportunities for students to show their talent for a chance to win money,” said Summer Hall, 24, a graduate student from Yonkers, N.Y. and the event’s other coordinator.

Davis and Hall’s epiphany to host a talent show for their fellow students at Florida A&M University came rather suddenly.

“We were just sitting around and decided it would be nice to host an event.

So we created one (FAMU Spectacle) and we are hosting it,” Davis said.

This is their first time hosting a talent show at FAMU.

And according to them, this will not be the last time that students will get to participate and attend the “FAMU Spectacle.”

“We expect this to become an annual event for students to look forward to every year,” Davis said.

The duo will not only host, but also showcase their talent in comedic skits.

The talent show is formatted to consist of ten contestants and two youth acts.

During the showcase’s intermission, music is scheduled to be provided by DJ Sean D from WANM-FM 90.5, FAMU’s campus radio station, along with a special guest performance from comedian Lil’ Man.

“We wanted to give the students some entertainment and show them a good time.

With the comedian and 90.5 playing music it’s going to be like a party,” Hall added.

The creators wanted “FAMU Spectacle” to be an Apollo style talent show to encourage Rattler participation.

The audience will get to cheer their fellow students on or give them the boot off the stage.

“Yes you might get booed by your fellow students, but this will be a positive environment that will allow the audience to be involved,” Hall said.

Even though some students know that they can be embarrassed, they still want to come and audition for the talent show.

“I’m not afraid of possibly getting booed because I have confidence in my voice. I want to audition for the talent show because I want to win that $250,” said Tiffany Little, a 25-year-old senior accounting student at Florida State University from Tallahassee.

“We want every student to come to auditions Feb. 15 and 16 at 6 p.m. and show us what you got. We know there’s a lot of talent at FAMU and around Tallahassee,” Hall said.

For more information about the “FAMU Spectacle” auditions and show contact Trenton Davis or Summer Hall at

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