Big Show '10 diary: I did it! With help …
Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:54pm
When it was: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8
Where it was: North Attic Playhouse
What it was: Big Show is Uni's annual collection of student comedy sketches and video skits. For a list of sketches and skits to be performed, see below.
Who was involved: Seniors Anna Gooler, Ethan Schiller and Laura Dripps directed this year's production. For the rest of the cast, see below.
How much was raised: Big Show and other X-Week '10 activities earned $1,481 for the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, this year's charity.
URBANA — Production No. 16 at Uni High: complete.
Wait, 16? How did that happen? How have I been in four different Big Shows?
And how did I direct Big Show 2010 without completely messing everything up?!?!?
Actually, that last question shouldn't be so incredulously punctuated. I had two fantastic, hilarious co-directors to keep me in check, and 10 other enthusiastic cast members to keep me laughing. (See below for cast list.)
We had history teacher Chris Butler to give us ideas and make sure we were on task, senior Tianna Pittenger to be in charge of the set and freshman Alex Valdez to help move it, junior Adam Joseph to give us lights and speakers, and senior Andrew LaPointe to make sure our videos played.
Of course, we also had senior Tej Chajed, without whom Big Show would have failed. He filmed most of our videos and edited all of them. In return, we gave him a "throne" during the performances: a special padded seat in the front row.
Those are what I remember most. (The performances, not padded chairs.) In terms of rehearsals, I can hardly remember anything, because performances are when everything funny gets promoted to a new level of hilarity, and everyone has a great time. Even before the show starts, we're cracking jokes and wishing we had thought of them sooner. ("Wouldn't it be funny to put that in Big Show?")
This year, we even had dance parties and puppet shows in the North Attic just minutes before the audience piled in.
Big Show '10: Cast Members
- Laura Dripps (sr), co-director *
- Anna Gooler (sr), co-director *
- Ethan Schiller (sr), co-director *
- Sindha Agha (sr)
- Will Erickson (so) *
- Jack Gillette (fr)
- Danny Ge (sr)
- Zack Goldberg (sr) *
- Loic Hostetter (sr)
- Thomas Lawless (so)
- Maritza Mestre (sr)
- Arnav Pamidighantam (sr)
- Ben Zehr (jr)
- Founding Fathers
- History Break
- Random Unknown
- J.D. Snurf
- Fun at Fontbonne
- Mating Call
- Good Girls Club
- Mr. Conversation
- Batman Brunch
- Old Enough
- Johnny Survey
- Chambana Shore
- No Big Deal
- Anatomy Class
- Adorable Break
- The Ronald Reagan Nature Center
- Science Break
- Deadliest Teacher
- Phurniture Phreak
- Octogenarian Dance Party
- Love Break
- Prepared 4 College
- Sports Break
- Jack in Da Box
- Sesame Street