The BTQ annual talent show is one of the events on campus that regularly gets the most attendance every year. This year, as a sister of BTQ, I got a chance to participate both in the talent show and organizing it. We have been preparing for it since February, and the theme this year was Black Panther! We chose this theme in commemoration of the Black Panther film that was released and the animal symbol of BTQ.
Our first meeting in regards to the talent show was to divide the members according to committees; performance, audition, publicity, and stage setup. I was appointed to the audition committee. Our job was to organize auditions for the talent show which was open to all Luther students. We also discussed ideas on designing the photobooth and a Snapchat filter. All members of BTQ were required to participate in any one of our three performances by the BTQ sisters. I chose the performance with Iju Regmi, which was a traditional Nepali dance. We met every week to practice for the dance. All of the members were also required to table at least twice; for the auditions (and show promotion) and ticketing. Tickets were $3 during the tabling session and $5 for door price. The donations in BTQ usually aim to donate both to Luther and internationally. Our donations this year were channeled to the Diversity Center Book Fund and the Machecheta pre-school in Malawi. The preparation for the talent show required us all to commit more than usual for a good cause.
On the day itself, I was taken aback by the number of students that came to support the talent show. Marty's was having a full house that night! It pumped us all up even more to execute the show perfectly. We started by reading feminist poems by Rupi Kaur one by one. My poem was:
You tell me to quiet down cause
My opinions make me less beautiful
But I was not made with a fire in my belly
So I could be put out
For the rest of the evening afterwards, all of us were appreciating and enjoying the many talents showcased during the talent show. We got to perform as well as one of the final acts. The show ended with us giving out prizes to the winner (which was the KPop dance group!) two runner ups (Viola, who performed a powerful poetry about the Motherland and Daniel who performed a dance from a song in Black Panther).