The long-standing tradition and fan favorite talent show called R.A.G.T.A.I.L.S took place on the evening of May 14th in the field house. Despite the weather, the rain was no hindrance to the usual excitement that the night brings. Natalie Hindman ’10 even describes it as “the best R.A.G.T.A.I.L.S since [she] has been in charge.” The stacked lineup of eighteen performances brought nothing but dancing, singing and smiles.
Many solo students braved the bright lights and musical frenzy that night, including Talia Joels ’24 singing Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” with wide grins and sweeping bravado. Shane Jones ’23 brought the field house to a ruckus of cheers with his raw and mighty rendition of “Beggin’” by Måneskin. His heart wrenching vocals and natural vibrato shook the gym, already rattling from the crowds of people jumping up and down.
Ukulele in hand, Finn Ryan ’25 dawned the stage and performed a melodic song that paired perfectly with her airy voice. Coco Song ’23 displayed a beautiful and intimate repertoire on the piano, embracing the instrument without the addition of vocals. Louis Zhao “Dope Lo1s” ’25, homespun rapper, incited an energetic buzz through the audience with his base-thudding tracks and original lyrics.
Groups also brought talent to the stage like the dynamic duo Kettric Hill ’23 and Sharnima Jones ’22 who harmonized “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar and H.E.R., and their smooth voices blended together to enhance the acoustic indie pop and R&B inflections in the song.
Three lively students skipped onto stage with a dance and singing performance to a set of ABBA songs. Kara Anne Smith ’22, Sidney Kiner ’23 and Hannah Winchester ’23 enveloped the spirit of Mamma Mia with their characteristically flamboyant songs like “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen,” I Before E, a rock band with drummer Brennan Buzinkai ’25 rattled the stage with their pounding acoustics and well-synchronized blend of instruments.
Madisen Williams ’23, Shriyaa Srihari ’23, Justin Todd ’23, and Evan Eubanks ’23 made up the band 5 Odd Dogs that put their own spin on the popular hits “Pink + White” by Frank Ocean and “See You Again” by Tyler the Creator. Their medley of instruments and unique voices culminated in a spunky and singalong-able show of music. Dream Zero, another band with Baylor student members Ezra Marler ’22, Owen Eastman ’22, and Rowe Cooper ’22, finished out the night with their electrifying performance.
Baylor 2022 R.A.G.T.A.I.L.S. was a hand clapping, feet stomping, crowd hopping, success, further proving the power of music in Baylor’s community and the necessity to continue promoting the performing arts.