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New Cable 8 show replaces emptiness left by theater program financial cuts

“Showstopper” filled with comedy, music, drama premiering soon

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Lauren Prasanna, left, and Justin Spinnie, right, explain their vision for the new Cable 8 program “Showstopper.”

Lauren Prasanna, left, and Justin Spinnie, right, explain their vision for the new Cable 8 program “Showstopper.”

BENJAMIN MICHAELIS | THE DAILY EVERGREEN

BENJAMIN MICHAELIS | THE DAILY EVERGREEN

Lauren Prasanna, left, and Justin Spinnie, right, explain their vision for the new Cable 8 program “Showstopper.”

MARY GINTHER, Evergreen reporter

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It’s common to see varying types of musical culture at WSU, such as people wearing ear buds in order to separate themselves from the world as they walk around campus.

Perhaps people want to tune out the fact that they have a paper due tomorrow and they haven’t started it yet or maybe it’s because they are trying to forget the random throwback music that was blasted at a fraternity last Friday night.

After the financial cut of the various theater programs and other fine arts programs at WSU, many students found themselves feeling left behind as they tried to find other ways to get involved in the school’s musical culture.

It’s likely that lot of people involved with WSU have seen or heard of the article from the Seattle-based newspaper The Stranger that was published in October of last year titled, “F**k Washington State University for Choosing Football over Academics.”

This article provided many reasons for people to be upset and throw tantrums over the fact that the theater program has been reduced to just two clubs, STAGE and Nuthouse.

Rather than sitting around complaining about how this issue isn’t ideal, two WSU students chose to look at this as an opportunity.

Lauren Prasanna and Justin Spinnie, both juniors at WSU, have created the show called “Showstopper,” a new Cable 8 program that will premiere later this semester.

“Showstopper” will be full of singing, comedy and drama. To have a better understanding of what to expect, think of “Glee” or any Disney Channel original movie and that would apply to this show.

Spinnie, the producer, writer and co-creator of this show, is writing all of the music for “Showstopper,” and featuring himself on all of the instrumental aspects of this program.

Prasanna is the director and editor of “Showstopper,” and is a part of STAGE at WSU.

Spinnie and Prasanna want to steer away from reality and Greek life shows that are typically shown on Cable 8 and add an art-focused program for a new audience.

“No one has ever done something like this before,” Spinnie said. “A lot of people still are skeptical that we can pull this off, but honestly I think that just motivated us more.”

At WSU, a lot of people love football and there is nothing wrong with that. However, it is just as important to give all students an equal opportunity to discover their passions and find out if theater, music, dance or television is right for them, Spinnie and Prasanna agreed.

WSU is far from being known as having a prominent theater community, but “Showstopper” and similar programs can attract other talented Cougs to come to WSU and share their talents with the campus and community.

Spinnie said the purpose of this show is to bring more meaning to music rather than just jumping up and down to a random song at a party.

“Sometimes music can say more than words,” he said.

About the Writer
MARY GINTHER, Evergreen reporter

Mary Ginther is a freshman broadcast journalism major from Sammamish, WA.

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