By Natalie Woods
Mr. Stonehill is quickly approaching, and the Student Government Association is hard at work preparing for the special night.
The all-male talent competition will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. This year’s show will feature nine contestants: four seniors, four sophomores and one first-year student.
The identities of the contestants will be released soon. Two names will be released once a week for three weeks until the complete reveal during Midnight Madness. Seniors Gabriella Salce, Love Boussiquot and Alex Girard, alongside sophomore Joe Palladino, will serve as this year’s hosts.
“The contestants and the hosts will come up with a chant or something to get the audience involved, something really funny. Usually they’ll do a video, too, so they’re working on putting that together as well,” said Michaela D’Ambrosio, the SGA Senior Events Chair.
This year’s theme is top-secret and will also be revealed at Midnight Madness.
“It’s based off a theme from a TV show really well-known I’m sure a lot of us grew up watching, so I think that would be good for both the contestants to really get into the theme, and the audience to actually recognize the theme and what’s going on,” D’Ambrosio said.
Planning an event this large and popular takes a lot of time and practice, D’Ambrosio said.
“Mr. Stonehill has a lot of parts to it that I guess you wouldn’t know if you just went to the show. Obviously a lot of back work goes into it as far as rehearsals go. We meet every Sunday afternoon for three hours. For two hours we work on their talent portion or we go over questions that could be asked during the interview portion and then the last hour, hour and a half, we usually devote to the dance club working with them on their different routines,” D’Ambrosio said.
The contestants are not the only ones who work hard. The hosts and crew also have their work cut out for them.
“The hosts have to do the entire script, so they’re working almost three weeks together to put together a script that’s both funny, but obviously appropriate because it’s a school event. Then on the more administrative side…any of the tech stuff usually runs through Mike Pietrowski. We will meet with him every week to start working on how the stage is going to work and the lighting and the different sounds we’re going to need,” D’Ambrosio said.
She said the event tries to be inclusive of the entire Stonehill community.
“Closer to Mr. Stonehill there will be raffles for each class so the judging panel will be made up of some faculty and staff, the previous Senior Events Chair will come back. Last year’s Mr. Stonehill winner will usually come back and help judge, but Kevin Hotaling won last year and he’s actually abroad right now. Randy Jose, who works in Admissions, won Mr. Stonehill when he was here, so we figured since he is already on campus and he’s really involved with Stonehill, he’ll come back and sit in for Kevin. There are four spots on the judging panel for a member of every class, and there will be a raffle to get to be a judge. We try to get everyone involved that we can,” said D’Ambrosio.
Due to the large number of seniors graduating this year, ticket sales will help pay for future senior events.
“Ticket proceeds go back into senior events so that usually goes toward senior formal especially with our class being so big this year. I think it was started last year. We are going to continue to do this year is that the winning contestant will have around $250 to give to a charity of their choice, so it will be fun and both give back to charity,” D’Ambrosio said.
Tickets for Mr. Stonehill will go on sale around Thanksgiving.