Needless to say, it’s a must.
On Saturday afternoon, THON held its annual talent show for children and teenagers – a celebration of many THON children and their abilities.
The show, which lasted just over an hour, began with sisters Mina and Melaina Curry singing and dancing to “What Else Can I Do?” from the 2021 Disney movie Encanto.
The stands at the Bryce Jordan Center shouted their support for the sisters as they hit the song’s long, high-pitched final notes. Following this, the girls sang “We Are” to an eager crowd.
Supported by the Women’s Club Basketball, the young Sarah Zeisloft then proposed a dance number in a white dress.
Zeisloft spun and cartwheeled for “Relate” by for King and Country as the students clapped to the beat.
Following that, 11-year-old Ayden Gora appeared virtually on large screens above the stage to show off her love of hip-hop through a pre-recorded dance routine to Run DMC’s “It’s Tricky.”
Brothers Levi and Christian Krodel then shook things up in theatrical style. The younger siblings had a lightsaber duel of fates as Star Wars’ “Battle of the Heroes” intensified the moment.
Seven-year-old Levi finally killed his Sith brother with a hip slice in the back.
A young dancer, Devin Pulaski, followed the two boys. She offered some moves on stage to a remix of “My Own Drum” by Ynairaly Simo.
His younger brother Trevor provided backing drums with a small snare drum as Pulaski stopped center stage to lay down intense footwork.
Entering virtually, Julia O’Toole then flew several feet above the ground in her aerial silk routine on the BJC’s big screens.
She twisted and posed to Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” before rushing to the stage in person to show off her split and diamond pose to the crowd.
Accompanied by co-ed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, young ballerina Alyssa Rodriguez pirouetted and twirled to Beethoven’s “Für Elise.”
She finished her routine with a striking pose as she pointed skyward.
Living up to expectations, Connor Rowan followed Rodriguez’s performance with his dance routine on Panic! at Disco’s “High Hopes”.
He showed off his dental floss and finished his dance with a sliding motion through the diamonds as his supporters from the Alpha Phi Omega mixed service fraternity stood behind him.
Sister to previous performer Ayden Gora, young Zayla Gora also offered virtual talent. In sparkly pants and suspenders, Gora showed off her tap routine.
Dancing with members of the Penn State Lionettes dance crew, sisters Harper and Shiloh Crimmel then took to the stage.
In a post before the act, Shiloh mentioned her two favorite things were “family and unicorns” before dancing to Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
In the final act of the children’s portion of the show, Elliana Rodenhauser garnered perhaps the most crowd engagement as the crowd cheered at her wheels and parted ways.
Dressed in a shimmering blue dance costume, Rodenhauser showed little hesitation as she performed her routine to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills.”
High school freshman Alex Newcomb kicked off the teenage portion of the show with his moving vocal performance of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana.
Flashlights were turned on as the secure Newcomb stood with the support of friends on stage.
Josiah Garcia followed Newcomb with his dance routine to Andy Mineo’s “You Can’t Stop Me.”
Although another song started playing before his real song, Garcia stood his ground and eventually bounced the BJC onto the hook of his favorite song.
Playing a grand piano and singing, 15-year-old Adeline Consentino followed with a virtual melodic musical performance.
Singing a 2020 classic, Savannah Kennan, one of the older performers, followed. With support from members of the co-ed Omega Chi Sigma business fraternity, she performed Dua Lipa’s “Levitating.”
A brief section of DaBaby’s verse from the song’s remix was offered by a fraternity member before Kennan continued.
In the penultimate act, Carly Wilfong danced to One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Supported by friends behind her on stage, she dedicated the performance to two young friends who could not be at the BJC to see her.
Ending with a moving moment, singer Abby Munoz offered her rendition of Kacey Musgraves’ “Rainbow.”
Phone flashlights and illuminated Greek letters swayed as Munoz ended his performance with a group hug among those on stage.