AASA tradition showcases talents

Campus Times
March 13, 1998


by Araceli Esparza
Features Editor

Lights in the University of La Verne's Founders Auditorium will be dimmed, and its audience hushed as the Afrikan-American Student Alliance (AASA) sponsors its annual Variety Show at 7 p.m. next Friday, March 20.

The Annual Variety Show's theme "Showcase '98." It allows students -- both ULV and non-ULV -- the opportunity to share their musical talents, acting abilities and dance moves with its audience. It has been a tradition of the AASA organization for several years.

"I'm not sure exactly how long it's been around, but it has been going on for consecutive years -- with the exception of one year," said junior Tiffany Wilcher, president of AASA. "That was before I was here; but since I've been here, it has gone on for three years."

According to Wilcher, "Showcase '98" is scheduled to feature 16 performances as of the present agenda. This includes six performances with singers, four performing rappers or rap groups, four dance/step composition acts and two monologue presentations.

Of those performers, three groups are off-campus, as they are not students of the University, while the remaining 12 acts are ULV students.

"We don't know yet if there will be any prize money," said Wilcher. "Most people love what they do, and come out there just to share it with their friends and other people."

According to a press release, all students, peers, parents and professors are invited to come see the performers and support them in their presentations.

Tickets for "Showcase '98" are currently on sale at the University's bookstore for a pre-sale price of $5 (ages 18 and over), $3 for students with ULV identification (limit 3) and $2 (ages 13-17).

Pre-sale ticket prices will be valid now through 2 p.m. on March 20. Following that time tickets will be sold at a price of $7 for adults, and $2 for ages 13-17.

Seating for the Variety Show will begin at 6:45 p.m.