Hippodrome Skit & Talent Competition

Hippodrome is a celebration of the arts and features the creative talents of Wichita State Shockers! Students interested in participating in Hippodrome can do so in the following ways: 1) Create a Skit, 2) Showcase a Talent, or 3) Emcee the Show. The 95th Annual Hippodrome will feature these perfromances in the Skit & Talent Competition on March 31, 2023 at 7 p.m. in the CAC Theater. Groups participating in the Skit Competition will perform a 15 to 20 minute scripted performance with the use of this year's theme: Superheroes: "It's a bird! It's a plane!'s a....Hippo! ". The top three winners of the Skit Competition will receive awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as individual awards for Best Actor, Best Use of Mystery Item and Spirit. The talent competition will be hosted in conjunction with the skit competition. Performers will take the stage between skit performances and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will take home cash prizes up to $150.

Hippodrome first appeared in 1928 where students and organizations were invited to enter a stunt competition for a ten dollar prize.  This traditional week used to be a one-day event but has since dramatically grown to include a full week’s worth of activities. The early years saw such events as wrestling and boxing matches, organizational booths and a country store. Hippodrome has been cancelled twice since its inception, once during WWII and the most recent during the coronavirus pandemic beginning in 2020. This year, Hippodrome returns to its original form as a one-day event.

Hippodrome 2018 Performance

Be a part of the show

Skit Performance

Skit Competition

Find all rules, deadlines and considerations for the 2023 Hippodrome Skit Competition using the link below. The resource page includes everything you need to know to apply for consideration.

Register your Skit


student performer

Talent Competition

Show us your talent! Hippodrome has welcomed singers, musicians, magicians and so much more! Be part of Hippodrome and show others what you've got! Performers will take the stage between screenings of each short skit and will have up to 5 minutes to perform. 

Enter your talent


Hippodrome 2018 Emcee

Emcee Information

The show is emceed by a selected student performer. This emcee will introduce videos and keep the audience entertained during any down time. Emcees are provided a small stipend for their time.

Register for tryouts






Judge Hippodrome

Become part of the longest standing tradition that is Hippodrome. The office of Student Engagement, Advocacy & Leadership accepts faculty, staff, alumni and community members who are not affiliated with competing organizations.