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Committee launches plans for ‘The Show’

Lisa Schultz | Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Continuing a four-year tradition of the large fall concert in the Joyce Center, Notre Dame students can expect to be impressed by The Show 2005, said Anja Smitz, chairman of The Show.”We will revolutionize The Show,” she said. Overseeing a committee of 18 people since February, Smitz has faith the team will make the annual fall event, which is open to Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, spectacular.”I can assure you that The Show will be huge this year,” Smitz said. Although expectations are high, there has been no decision made about who will be performing. Most of the work is still to come for The Show committee, which has divided the work load into three divisions – finance, marketing and production.Thus far, most of the focus so far has been on the finance sub-committee. Fundraising is essential since The Show committee is responsible for covering all costs of The Show, Smitz said. Fundraising is also key in keeping the price of student tickets low.Part of the “revolutionizing” of The Show includes a new logo to be released soon. The efforts of the marketing division will be visible around campus the first week of fall semester when a new advertising campaign is scheduled to be launched.”A great amount of the work will be done during the summer, so in some respects, the work has really just begun,” Smitz said.Although a list of possible bands for The Show 2005 is not yet available, whoever is selected will fulfill The Show’s “commitments to community and diversity,” Smitz said.Past performers include Talib Kweli and Jason Mraz in 2004, Black Eyed Peas and Guster in 2003 and Better than Ezra and The Parliament Funk in 2002. In 2001, the event, previously called “Flipstock,” featured the bands SR-71, Nine Days and They Might Be Giants. Student input is important for selecting which artist is brought to campus for The Show, and Smitz encourages students to email suggestions to [email protected] The committee is still in the process of trying to “get an idea for what is big now or will be big in the near future,” Smitz said.Once the committee compiles a list of possible artists, members of the administration review the bands.”As a committee, we have to be very careful to find bands with acceptable lyrics and band image, so we are forced to eliminate some bands from our initial lists,” Smitz said.