The NAACP is scheduled to host Penn State’s version of “Showtime at the Apollo” at 7 p.m. tonight at Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center.
This traditional entertainment source will showcase a variety of performances, including dance, comedy, spoken word and singing, among others.
Penn Staters around campus are excited for the event this year, as it brings a new aspect that was not included in previous years.
Radio personality and “Guy Code” star, Charlamagne tha God, will host this year’s 5th annual Showtime at the Apollo.
“This is the first time we’ve gotten a professional host,” NAACP’s fundraising chairman Frank Peters (junior- hotel, restaurant and institutional management) said.
People around campus are talking about the new addition and are excited as well.
Tonia Bullard (freshman-nursing) said that she’s excited because she always loves a good laugh.
But aside from the casting of the hilarious host, NAACP is hosting a different show this year due to the date that it falls on.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Showtime at the Apollo is hosting a “love affair,” Peters said.
The event is upscale, but anyone can join the festivity in any attire.
Cheyenne Pettiford (freshman-liberal arts) said that she’s excited for the event because it allows her a time to enjoy the fun and hang out with her friends.
Tickets are available at the door for $7 general admission and $10 for VIP, which will include flowers, food and a gift bag.
The unique aspect of “Showtime at the Apollo” is the opportunity for crowd interaction.
“After 30 seconds of a performance, the audience can either boo the performer off stage or cheer them on,” NAACP’s membership chairman Youssouf Ahmed (senior-health policy and administration) said.
Bullard said that she will “boo” people off.
But in honor of Black History Month, the event acts as commemoration for black ancestors and their legacy.
“’Showtime at the Apollo’” enlightens the current generation,” Pettiford said.
Pettiford said that the event, though entertaining and fun, acts to exhibit the talent and achievements of the black community and acts as a continuation of their accomplishments.
“This is going to be a great event,” Peters said. “It’s going to be interesting.”