Legend has that at the approach of winter 1888, Sorin hosted its first Talent Show. The men of Sorin reveled in the privacy afforded by their new single rooms – no matter that the hall was still under construction. These rooms were described as "large enough to encourage study, and at the same time small enough to discourage visiting." However, something was lacking. As the prospect of deep snowfalls approached, the residents could sense the loneliness that awaited them as they labored diligently in their isolated rooms throughout the cold months. They found themselves in need of an outlet for some of their creative energy, and thus, decided to put on a variety show for the benefit of the entire school. Skits, jokes, and songs were learned, and a crude stage was erected on the front porch of the new hall. On a clear night in early October 1888, an audience gathered on what is now God Quad to enjoy an evening of frivolity.
We are proud to continue producing the show, and this year the Otters will host the 128th Annual Sorin Talent Show. The production has grown considerably from its humble beginnings to now include lighting and a professional sound system. However, the show still appears on a simple stage on the front porch of Sorin College, as it did so many years ago. As it was then, so now do we present ourselves for the entertainment of the entire campus, to prepare them for the long winter months to come, and to welcome them as visitors into our surrogate home