Christmas Coffeehouse at Liberty University has come and passed and while it may be forgotten by the average student, it will never be forgotten by those who take part in it.
Christmas Coffeehouse is one of most popular and highly anticipated events of the year. The department in charge of the event, Student Activities, begins preparation in September for the yearly 8,000 attendees.
In Coffeehouse there were:
• 13 musical acts
• 3 dance acts
• 7 videos
• 4 game contestants
According to the Event Coordinator of Student activities, the Vice President of Campus Recreation decides the theme if he has one in mind or if not the full time staff brain storms and submits it for approval. This year’s theme was “Unwrapped” centering on the nostalgia from favorite childhood gifts.
It is highly competitive to perform or have your video played at Coffeehouse. While it is a very relaxed and casual environment for the auditions with a panel of six Student Activities staffers. Auditions are on a first come, first serve basis.
For Abbie McMahon it was an incredible experience even though she is not used to that environment. McMahon sang “All I Want for Christmas” is You with her band Prior Knowledge.
“I’m not a music major so I’m not used to preforming in front of people much less that many,” McMahon said. “We had some mess-ups but strangers would say ‘great job’ to me as I walk to the rot. Everyone is very encouraging. They don’t expect a Grammy nominated singer. I love the community that Coffeehouse brings here.”
Noah Soistmann, an Interdisciplinary Studies major who considers acting a hobby was a main character in of the favorite videos of the night. His video was called “Manger Things” as a parody of the popular Netflix Original “Stranger Things”. In the video three boys run all over the Liberty University campus in search of the missing baby Jesus from the manger scene.
“Hearing [people] laugh and experiencing people’s reaction was unreal because we had worked so hard. People have told me it was the best coffeehouse video ever,” Soistmann said. “We are already thinking about what to do for the next coffeehouse.”
Christmas Coffeehouse is a highlight of the semester for most Liberty University students with hilarious videos like Noah Soistmann’s parody of Stranger Things// Every year about eight thousand students pack into the Vines Center/ some waiting hours outside in the cold to watch their fellow students showcase their talents// Student Activities began preparation for this anticipated event in September with 21 staff members working on what the Events Coordinator called an event they think about all year round//