Center Stage

Rachel Chou, Assistant Campus Life Editor

Every year, Center Stage brings performers to campus, and the event gives students a chance to come together to enjoy comedy and good food. This year was the first time there were two performers headlining Center Stage. Sasheer Zamata and Aidy Bryant came to Lewisburg, or as they nicknamed it, “Halloween-town,” and performed live in front of a large student audience on Oct. 18. Both performers are cast members of the popular television show “Saturday Night Live” (SNL).

Before they performed, University a capella groups Two Past Midnight, The Silhouettes, Beyond Unison, and The Offbeats took the stage. While listening to the live music, students were able to sit and warm themselves by roaring fires and roast marshmallows for s’mores. Students could also enjoy soup or chili served in bread bowls, and cookie dough on sticks for dessert.

“I thought Center Stage was amazing. As a senior, this may have been my last year of cookie dough on a stick–but if it has to be like that, I’m happy to have ended on awesome comedians like Aidy Bryant and Sasheer Zamata,” Anthony Carno ’15 said.

Shiri Levine ’16, head-chair of the event, had the opportunity to assist Bryant onstage, who had brought in enlarged pages from her old diary to share.

“I was a huge proponent of bringing Aidy to campus to perform, so I was so excited to be able to talk to her before the show and then be on stage with her,” Levine said. “She’s one of my biggest role models and truly lived up to my expectation when I met her. On stage she was a riot, and offstage, an awesome and nice person.”

Students seemed to welcome the break after a stressful week of midterms.

“I think each comedian was funny in different ways, and it was great to laugh after a busy and stressful week of work. I always forget how much fun I have when comedians come to perform,” Megan Smith ’15 said.

“Aidy was hilarious and I almost peed my pants multiple times during her show,” Kelsey Kodak ’15.

According to event coordinators, the event was a large success.

“Center Stage went really well, and I am so happy we were able to get so much of the campus to come out and celebrate comedy and the nice fall weather!” Levine said.


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