Traditions Showcase features Y performer


    The annual Traditions Showcase, to be held Friday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marriott Center, will feature some of BYU’s most popular performing groups and will attempt to inspire incoming students to live up to the traditions set by those who came before.

    The show’s creators said the most important thing about the showcase is reminding students this is the Lord’s University. Several clips and quotes are given from the prophets regarding the importance of the values and traditions found at BYU.

    The show is centered around the principles that make the school what it is. Themes such as honor, service, work ethic, patriotism, academics, athletics and religion are recognized.

    Sallie Larsen, an assistant director at Student Leadership Development, said the show is designed for the freshmen to learn how BYU traditions got started.

    Larsen, as a student intern for the dean of Student Life during the summer of 1992, came up with the concept, researched the ideas, and wrote the show.

    “When I started reading of the dedication and of the contributions made by the different people who helped build this university, I was touched,” Larsen said.

    Alfred Kelly is one whose story touched Larsen, and his story is now a focal point of the show.

    Kelly graduated in 1913. At the commencement exercises, he gave a speech in which he related a vision he had of the BYU campus. In his vision he said he saw “hundreds, even thousands of young people” entering into “hundreds of buildings, large and beautiful temples of learning.”

    At the time of Kelly’s speech, only the foundation of the Maeser Building had been built.

    Another part of the show is the appearance of many different campus performing groups. The Cheer Squad and Cougarettes will perform some energetic numbers. The Ballroom Dance Company, the American and International Fold Dance Ensemble, Lamanite Generation, some modern dancers and some ballet dancers join in to show some different activities with which students can get involved.

    In watching the show, the entering students have the opportunity to see people from BYU’s past such as Brigham Young and Karl Maeser come to life. The focus is to show students the importance of their role at the university.

    The underlying message throughout the show is to live the Honor Code and become dedicated students. The showcase attempts to help students understand and realize why things like the Honor Code are important by showing all the work and sacrifice put into making BYU what it is today.

    “There is a chain of people in this legacy, and you’re one of them,” Larsen said, explaining what she would like students to learn from the show

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