By Lidey Heuck ’13
It’s no secret that Bowdoin students have a variety of talents, skills and interests, but this weekend, the Class of 2013 learned that many of their classmates have special talents they don’t often have the opportunity to share. This weekend’s Senior Class Talent Show let students put their abilities — from the crafty, to the musical, to the just plain quirky — on display one last time before graduation.
Hosted by Melody Hahm ’13 and sponsored by the Senior Class Council, the show featured a range of performances and as well as an exhibition of original artwork. The acts ranged from a classical piano piece by Judy Yang ’13, to a wood carving demonstration by Ryan Larochelle ’13 and a rendition of the Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things” by Matt Marr and Stanton Cambridge (who performed in lederhosen and a tuxedo, respectively).
Many students performed hobbies they’ve been practicing for as long they as can remember, or they revisited routines they knew as children. Andrew Hilboldt and Melissa Wiley, ’13, who have been dancing together since middle school (and had old home videos to prove it) performed a ballroom dance routine they haven’t done in years. Bridget O’Carroll ’13, who is originally from Cork, Ireland, shared a piece of her Irish heritage with fellow classmates. “I’ve been Irish dancing since I was seven years old, but I haven’t had the occasion to perform at all during college,” she said. “It was great to put my dancing shoes back on and show my friends at Bowdoin something I’ve worked on for much of my life.”
Each student brought something unique and personal to the stage, and the question floating through the audience’s minds seemed to be: what other hidden talents will come out of the woodwork in these last few months before graduation? Julia Graham ’13 said she wished she’d signed up to share her secret talent. “I can’t believe I missed my chance to hula hoop in front of an audience,” she said. “It’d be great to have a talent show Part 2 to find out what other hilarious hobbies our class is hiding!”