Senior quad day: Wonderland, 2012

October 16, 2011 — by Sanj Nalwa
Photo by Kylie Tseng

Seniors Olivia Chock and Eric Wang participate in the quad day dance on Sept. 30.

This year’s theme for the seniors was “Alice in Wonderland.” More than 150 members of the class of 2012 participated in senior quad day.

Burgess, who played Alice, had to try out for the role. Auditions were held the day the theme was announced.

“The class officers cast me as Alice,” Burgess said. “I was incredibly surprised and thankful. Personally, being up there and acting like Alice, with my ridiculous high-pitched British accent was the most fun I've had all year.”

According to Burgess, rehearsing and learning her lines was one of the hardest parts of the whole thing.

“Technically we rehearsed three times before quad day,” Burgress said. “Wednesday night, Thursday night, and Friday morning. We had to learn our lines on our own, though.”

Burgess also said the script was ever-changing, continually being edited and re-edited.

“The editing itself wasn't even the worst [part],” Burgess said. “It was that I would learn the lines and jokes one night, and then the next day half of them would be different.”

Burgess said that the day before senior quad day all involved in the writing of the script got together, “making some jokes less offensive and others funnier.”

However, Burgess said she regrets nothing.

“Honestly, it was such an amazing experience,” Burgess said. “I wouldn't go back and change anything if I could.”

Senior class president Nicole Shadman said her favorite part about senior quad day was the teamwork her class demonstrated.

“My favorite part was that our class came together, and it felt so good!” Shadman said.

The dances in senior quad day were each rehearsed 2-3 hours a week, starting in August.

“All the choreographers and cast members did an amazing job,” Shadman said. “Without them we would be nothing.”

Burgess said that the response to senior quad day was “greater than I could have expected.”

“Our class has had its difficulties through the years with Quad Days, but we truly worked as a class this year, and put together something amazing,” Burgess said. “I'm so incredibly proud to be a part of this class, and I can tell already that the class of 2012 is going to make this the best senior year possible!”

 

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