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Sophomores in Neverland (Review)

Darth Vader: Gliding into the amphitheater, I was assaulted by yellow.

Chewbacca: The streamers over the N-Wing door were entangled in my hairy back, though I did admire their novelty.

DV: Indeed, their decorations were everywhere. I found it ingenious that streamers were covering all plant life in the N-Wing.

CB: The cardboard cutouts were quite lifelike, and I got scared.

DV: Hrm, they were impressive. I was appreciative of the fact that the sophomores took time to cover the benches and the grass with tarp, so I didn’t have to muddy my cape.

CB: Meanwhile, the golden stars lining the ground reminded me of traveling through space on the Millennium Falcon, arriving at Neverland, which became apparent with the realistic and magical backdrop.
DV: Once the performance opened, the sophomore songstress served as a pleasant warm-up for the energetic first airband.

CB: They creatively coordinated their dance moves with their songs. The girl who revealed a yellow bikini during the “California Gurls” portion was particularly memorable.

DV: Immediately following the airband, Captain Hook ambled onto the stage. While he had his humorous moments, he felt like a meaningless presence and certainly not that imposing of a villain.

CB: The skit in general seemed to drag on and was bogged down by superfluous or overdone scenes, like when Smee would constantly talk about his stupidity.

DV: Then the senior character, Wendy, didn’t enter until about fifteen minutes in, and in the end, only the sophomore accomplished the tasks, which discouraged class unity.

CB: Despite the incoherency of the skit, most of the props were exceptional. However, the crocodile costume was just sad.

DV: And the skit itself seemed to drag on for lightyears, partly because it was barely punctuated by airbands.

CB: The Bollywood dance, one airband that was incorporated into the skit, brought variety to the performance but lacked pizzazz.

DV: The other dance in the skit, the boys’ booty dance, was integrated into the story well and was very entertaining without being too obscene.

CB: The Lady Gaga medley was a good effort at class unity, but it probably would have been better with more microphones and fewer songs.

DV: Overall, the airbands seemed fairly typical and longer than necessary, though the final dance provided more energy.

CB: However, the sophomores’ spirit balanced out the negative aspects of today’s performance. Yellow was the predominant color roaming MSJ hallways today with overwhelming cheers during their show.

DV: If the sophomores learn to polish their Homecoming production, the force will be strong with this class.

View Sophomore Day online photo album here

Check back this weekend for video footage on Sophomore Day provided by MSJTV. The full Homecoming DVD with behind-the-scenes features will be available for purchase.


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