This Saturday on November 12 from 10PM to 1AM in the Gym of the Schults Center, Nazareth College students can attend a circus themed Up All Night. Every semester the Undergraduate Association, CAB and Student Activities & Leadership host the event, a fun filled evening designed to provide students with engaging activities while also raising money for charity. The money raised from ticket sales this year will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a treatment and research facility for childhood diseases.
Featured on the list of attractions are not just one but two main stage performers, illusionist Leon Etienne and stunt comedian Wacky Chad. Etienne was featured on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent and now travels the world performing his original theatrical illusion productions. Wacky Chad was featured on America’s Got Talent, as well, and is known for his award winning pogo stick skills. Also coming to Up All Night are caricature artists, airbrush tattooists, a fortune teller, a balloon artist, a petting zoo and stilt walkers. Not to mention there will of course be all of the comfort food you just have to get at the circus, including fried dough, cotton candy and even cracker jacks.
Ryan Page, Nazareth College senior and UA President, talked with the Golden Gazette about the event and why he’s excited for Up All Night this Saturday.
GG: Why should students go to Up All Night?
Page: Students should go to Up All Night because it’s going to be a big event that’s a lot of fun and it’s for a great cause as [the money raised is] going to St. Jude’s. It’s an experience that’s going to be about having a good time and helping others in the process. Also who didn’t want to join the circus as a kid?
GG: What makes this year different from Up All Night events held in the past?
Page: This years event is going to be different then past years because we have been focused on making everything bigger. We wanted to be bigger for the students and bigger for Saint Jude’s and the event will reflect that. We have two headliners, both of which could be featured in their own event in all seriousness. Leon Etienne and Wacky Chad are both going to be great. Then, on top of that we have a psychic medium, live animals, juggling, balloon animals- it’s going to be a real life circus in the Shults Center!
GG: What are you most excited about seeing at Up All Night this year?
Page: I am most excited about the inflatable circus [and the] carnival games, things like ski ball and the test of strength, because it gives an interactive piece to an already packed event. That and seeing the performers take the main stage.
Students can purchase tickets for Up All Night through November 11th either at designated ticket sales times sent out through email or in the Student Activities Suite during regular business hours. Tickets are $5 for undergraduate students and $7 for graduate students. Be sure to support St. Jude’s by coming to this event, it’s definitely going to be a night for Naz to remember.