Southern shows off local talent on campus


Curtis Almeter | Contributor

Ngosa Simbya sings and plays guitar at the MOSO Talent show on March 11, 2014, at Taylor Performing Arts Center.

Brad Stout, Editor-in-Chief

Nationally touring singers, comedians, magicians and more constantly take the stage at Missouri Southern after being poached by members of the Campus Activities Board, but now it’s the students’ time to shine. From now until 5 p.m. Feb. 20, the Student Activities Office is once again accepting applications for the annual MOSO Talent Show.

Any student with a talent and a love for showing off is encouraged to enter the competition by auditioning for a spot — which requires students to record themselves performing their talent and submit the video to the Student Activities Office. Coordinator of Student Activities Craig Gullett said this audition process is different than it was in previous years.

“In the past, we did auditions [in person] on two different days, and since CAB members help choose who is in the talent show, it made it difficult to get some CAB members there both days,” he said. “It’s more of a streamlined process now. We have one committee looking [at every entry].”

Though students will only be given five minutes to perform during the actual competition, the video auditions themselves have no time limit. Students are also allowed to use their cell phones to record their auditions.

“We understand a lot of [the videos] will probably be filmed on an iPhone or whatever, so they don’t have to have high production quality,” said Gullett. “As long we get an understanding of their act and their talent, that’s fine.”

Once students make it past the audition process, they will then have two and a half weeks to practice before the competition March 11. Students who win first, second and third place at the talent show will be rewarded $300, $200 and $100, respectively.

For more information, contact Gullett at 417-625-9320.