Donaroo is back with a virtual twist… oh, and Dan Levy!

Namratha Kethineni

Staff Writer

Lights, camera, action! USF’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) has been trying to recreate some of their most popular festivities as virtual experiences this academic year — and their latest surprise is officially announcing Donaroo 2021, USF’s annual spring concert. In years past, CAB has brought stars like Jhene Aiko, Elley Duhé, and Ty Dolla $ign to War Memorial Gym. 

For the first time in its history, Donaroo will be virtual. This year’s theme is “Around the World.” Elements of the event, like the ability to ask questions of Donaroo guests, will be brought to students in their own homes. While a Q&A with comedian Dan Levy is scheduled to take place virtually March 10, the details of the March 11 musical performance are yet to be announced. 

Dan Levy is a comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer who first gained popularity for his work on MTV Canada. He won awards for his role as an executive producer on the hit TV show, “Schitt’s Creek.” Students can now send in video questions online for the chance to have Levy answer live during Donaroo. 

Charles Choi, a senior media studies major and CAB President, said, “instead of students coming to Donaroo, we are bringing Donaroo to them.” Careful planning and coordination was necessary to shift Donaroo online.

“We have dedicated ourselves to not treat the virtual format as backup, but rather as an opportunity to grow CAB in never-before-done ways,” Choi said in an email. Part of this opportunity, Choi said, is accessing a range of students who may have never had the chance to attend the in-person Donaroos of past years.

“Both nights will be worth it [because] Dons will be able to participate in being a part of Donaroo this year,” Choi said.

CAB has been preparing for the event for months, as Donaroo is one of the last major events of the academic year at USF. 

“All I can say is stay tuned…we are getting one of my favorite artists of all time,” Choi wrote in an email. “This is when the best and brightest ideas come together to create one colossal event.” 

Students can visit or follow @cabdons on Instagram for the latest updates on the event. Donaroo will take place on Zoom March 10 and 11.

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