Open Mic Club sets the stage

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Isabella Gomez (11) performs during Open Mic Club on Feb. 17. Gomez sang “Primadonna Girl” by Marina and the Diamonds.

Anastasia Papanikolaou

On Feb. 17, members of the Open Mic Club met for a meeting in the library.

“I joined Open Mic Club mostly because I’m friends with [Edward Halbe (12)] and [Isabella Gomez (11)], and I thought it was a really cool idea. I play ukulele and sing, and I really like to sing in front of people. I don’t mind it, and it’s fun to jam. It’s nice to have people to play for,” Elise Bereolos (12) said.

Open Mic is a new club this year that was created for students to showcase their talents.

“Originally, I started [Open Mic] as a poetry club because I do poetry competitions downtown and compete, and I wanted another place to practice. I knew a couple of other people at LC wanted to get into the poetry scene but didn’t have a way to. I started it there, but there were only six or seven of us, so I created Open Mic Club to have more people join. It’s more fun this way because more people can show off their talents, and I enjoy it,” Halbe said.

Open Mic members usually sing, play instruments and perform poetry, but students are invited to perform anything.

“I sang ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros because it’s in my repertoire of songs I know how to play for the most part, so I decided to just play it,” Bereolos said.  

Open Mic Club is always looking for new members to join, whether they want to showcase their talents or just observe others.

“I wish more people would come because it’s usually the same group of us performing, but there are people who have done it a few times, got shy and stopped showing up or people that said they wanted to come join, but didn’t know how to. Everyone at Open Mic Club is super nice. Sometimes, they’ll try and help you. [To] anyone who wants to come, it’s a super open environment, and we really like having more people performing, even if you just want to come and watch. I would like to see more talent at LC showing up,” Halbe said.

Open Mic Club meets every Wednesday in the library.