Preparations for this year’s Mr. Stonehill, the theme of which is based on the show “Survivor,” are well underway.
Contestants and hosts are hard at work formulating an entertaining night.
Contestants worked off the show’s slogan, “Outwit. Out- play. Outlast,” to create their own motto, “Outdance. Out- dress. Outwit,” which helps them through countless hours of practice.
“We wanted to play to a theme, but have one that was easy enough to work with. ‘Survivor’ is easy because, obviously, [the contestants] are like survivors on an island and they have a ‘who will be the survivor at the end?’ kind of mentality,” said SGA Senior Events Chair Michaela D’Ambrosio.
Contestants have begun choreographing their numbers to make for a polished talent portion of the competition.
“The dance club is doing a really great job at choreography. Both of their dance numbers for the show are done and now are just finishing up with their talent portions, that’s our focus for the week,” D’Ambrosio said.
“There’s a few [talents] that are really funny like satirical numbers, more musical numbers, and others are real, true talents. We have some people who are really great dancers, some that have a lot of acrobatic talents, so you’ll see a good variety of talents during the show,” D’Ambrosio said.
With such an intricate production involving many students, preparation is challenging in such a short amount of time.
“It’s difficult because we can’t rehearse on the actual stage until the day before the show, so we’re working in the Student Union, just using classrooms and the dance studio in there to get our talent portions and dance numbers all settled, but once we have the opportunity to get them on the stage and use that actual space I think they will feel a lot more comfortable doing their routines and different acts. It will be more pulled together by the end of it,” D’Ambrosio said.
Contestants are not the only ones looking to entertain. D’Ambrosio said the hosts will be just as lively.
“It’s going to be really funny. The dynamic is really great because Love and Joe have known each other through Peer Mentor, so they work really well with one another, and Alex and Gabby are great together, too, so there’s a real dynamic between the four hosts. It will make the show a lot better and really cohesive between all the different numbers,” said D’Ambrosio.
Despite coming down to the wire, D’Ambrosio said she feels confident that the show will be a success.
“It’s been challenging to try to get all the things coordinated, but once it comes together it feels good to be able to say it will be a really great show,” D’Ambrosio said.
Mr. Stonehill will be Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.