Saturday Night Jive competition reveals hidden creative expression and artistic ability among student body

With laughter, creativity, music and enthusiasm, the Mabel Brown Room of the L.P. Young Student Center came alive.

On Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, the Student Activities Council’s [SAC] annual Saturday Night Jive filled the Mabel Brown Room to watch eight different student acts perform. According to SAC’s Events Coordinator, Connor Turmelle, the event drew a crowd of approximately 150-200 people, giving out first, second and third place in the competition with cash prizes ranging from $100 to $300.

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“We really had a really good crowd,” Turmelle said, “I would say that it went extremely well.” Turmelle stated that preparations and auditions for Saturday Night Jive began last semester. In regards to having less acts this year than in past years, Turmelle explained, “We went for quality over quantity.”

KSC student and General Manager of KSC’s student radio WKNH, Kerrianne Thomas, worked with the tech crew for the event. When asked if she had a favorite act, Thomas stated,  “3 Ways ‘Til Sunday — they’re always my favorite.”

“All of them individually and as a group, they’re just so talented,” Thomas said, “How they interact with each other is just really impressive. They look like a professional improv group.”

KSC student improvisational theater comedy troupe, 3 Ways ‘Til Sunday, came in second place at Saturday Night Jive. Current co-president of the group, Gabby Boyle, felt positive after their performance. “It went well, I thought,” Boyle said.

According to Boyle, 3 Ways ‘Til Sunday was created approximately six or seven years ago by a few students who wanted to create an improv group similar to Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. When describing the fun mentality and comradery of the improv group, Boyle said, “It’s like a fraternity … without being awful.”

First place went to a marimba duo comprised of KSC students Josh Brennan and Adam Rhan called “Let’s Bang,” while third place went to student musician James Bird. KSC student, Nicole Demers, was a part of the night’s audience who voted for their favorite act by texting in their vote.

“I was impressed by all the different acts and how confident and brave they were to perform,” Demers said. “I just enjoyed everything,” Demers continued, “I’m very happy that I went.”

“It’s always surprising to find out that Keene has so much talent that you just never knew about,” Boyle said.

Caroline Alm can be contacted at calm@keene-equinox.com