Student Spotlight: Students audition for 2018’s Hoscars show

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Student Spotlight: Students audition for 2018’s Hoscars show

Sophomores Kaidi Dai and Sara Lynn Sullivan exude energy at a rehearsal for the Korean pop, or K-pop, dance routine.

Sophomores Kaidi Dai and Sara Lynn Sullivan exude energy at a rehearsal for the Korean pop, or K-pop, dance routine.

Karina Chen

Sophomores Kaidi Dai and Sara Lynn Sullivan exude energy at a rehearsal for the Korean pop, or K-pop, dance routine.

Karina Chen

Karina Chen

Sophomores Kaidi Dai and Sara Lynn Sullivan exude energy at a rehearsal for the Korean pop, or K-pop, dance routine.

by Karina Chen, Reporter

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The curtains open, revealing a group of dancers posed in their beginning positions. The audience eagerly stares at the silhouettes of the dancers, while the bright lights being casted from above reflect against their excited expressions. An upbeat Kpop song starts playing in the background, and they begin dancing to the beat of the intense piano keys as they seamlessly flow through their movements.

The upper school will be hosting the annual talent show, Hoscars, on Mar. 23, featuring acts ranging from comedy to dancing. Unlike previous years, this year’s show will take place in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center’s Patil Theater. As a result, Hoscars will consist of two shows because of the limited capacity.

“It’s going to be underclassmen and upperclassmen so there will be a whole lot of logistical challenges,” ASB secretary Katherine Zhang (11) said. “Each assemblies going to be an hour so that’s probably going to be the biggest change.

In preparation for the show, student council has invited students across all grades to audition through the week of Feb. 23. Out of the 50 students and faculty acts that auditioned, only 15 will be selected to perform in the show.

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Junior Christopher (Chris) Gong demonstrates an illusionary magic trick involving cards. Chris also auditioned for the Hoscars talent show as part of a dance act.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing all the auditions as of right now and definitely seeing the whole show coming together,” Katherine said. “It’s probably one of the biggest things that we do so I’m really excited for the underclassmen to see it, and the upperclassmen also are really excited to see it come back again because they already know how much fun Hoscars can be.”

Gloria Guo (12) and Grace Koonmen (12), plan to do a K-pop dance routine hope with a group of friends. In preparation for their audition, they have been rehearsing every long lunch to ensure a spot in the show. Additionally, they hope to continue the tradition of dancing in Hoscars.

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Senior Gloria Guo practices the K-pop routine with the members of her dance group.

“Grace and I were in the hip hop act that was in the show two years ago for also Hoscars, so I think it’s exciting for the two us to coordinate our own one this time and to lead of bunch of people who want to do it and just to perform it onstage and have fun,” Gloria said. “We did it our sophomore year and we had so much fun, and last year we didn’t do it because of all the issues with the spacing. This year we really wanted to do it,” Grace said.

The group looks forward to being able to dance in the Patil Theater. They think that new performing arts center will be one of the highlights of their experience.

“Honestly I think honestly the final performance is just gonna be really fun when we will be able to do the whole thing onstage together, especially since we’ll be in the new theater which will be so cool,” Gloria said.

Alex Chen (12), who is auditioning with a vocal cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You,” hopes utilize this opportunity to show his peers what he does outside of his schoolwork.

“I am planning on doing a vocal cover for Hoscars. I’m very, very excited for it,” Alex said. “I think that it’s just that it’s a really fun opportunity. You kind of get reveal aspects of yourself that maybe some people that haven’t been exposed to.”

This piece was originally published in the pages of The Winged Post on March 6, 2018.