Tryouts for the George Fox World’s Got Talent event will be Oct. 23 and 24 from 6-8 p.m. in Lemmons 8. The show will be hosted on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium.
World’s Got Talent is an annual showcase of the cultures of George Fox students. It was started in 2010 by the campus Director of Inclusion and Student Leadership Programs, Shelley Yonemura. Her vision was to provide an outlet for students to share talents that come from their cultural backgrounds.
Nancy Arellano, the Inclusion and Student Leadership Program event coordinator, wants to encourage anyone to perform, not just those who are from another country or who speak more than one language. The act just has to be “something that is entertaining and means a lot to you,” said Arellano.
She gave the example of someone who is from the state of Texas and might have show-stopping rodeo skills. She is hoping for “whatever people have to offer that amplifies their culture.” Past featured talents have included Latino dance and music, Chinese music, Mexican accordion playing, and Hawaiian dance, among others.
Arellano said students should attend because the event “amplifies the beauty of diversity and it makes [students] aware of the diversity at [George] Fox.” She stated that people are often unaware of the backgrounds of their peers, and “sometimes it’s easier to connect when you can see something from that culture.”
For those who may be hesitant when it comes to being on stage and sharing their cultural flair, Arellano gives this encouragement: “Be confident. Don’t be afraid about what people are going to think.”