SING! Top Fives

Best Acting Performances

  1. Spoiled Son, Cody Lin, Juniors
    As the favorite child of an aristocrat, Cody Lin does not fail to amuse the audience with his sassy, hilarious impression of a spoiled brat. With a voice perfectly tailored for the part and skillful acting, Lin’s depiction exudes confidence and talent.
  2. Sour Patch, Victoria Wong, Soph-Frosh
    Staying true to the taste of the candy she portrays, freshman Victoria Wong plays the initially sour, then sweet Sour Patch. With her stunning vocals and perfectly executed humor, Wong is able to realistically develop her character from a sarcastic skeptic to a brave and lovable heroine.
  3. Queen Christiana, Kate Ly Johnston, Seniors
    Playing a beautiful and regal queen in power, Kate Ly Johnston perfectly captures the need to balance love for her daughter with her duties to the kingdom. Though she is quick to mistrust her daughter, she is soon able to see through the knight’s plot while recognizing her own faults.
  4. Best friend of Esme Priscilla-Marie, Lillian Carver, Seniors
    Lillian Carver beautifully portrays the bubbly, energetic, and slightly ignorant best friend of the princess. Her pink frills and curly hair, however, hide her backstabbing mentality, and she secretly works with the malicious Sir Komsyze to frame the princess, revealing herself in a “soliloquy.”
  5. Princess Esme, Lizzy Lawrence, Seniors
    Lizzy Lawrence portrays a hardworking and overlooked princess while showing off her adept acting skills with a powerful performance. Expressing a thoughtful message about loyalty and fairness, her portrayal sent chills through the audience by voicing words that are just as relevant in the 21st century as they were in medieval times.

Honorable Mentions

  • King Bartholomew, Dennis Ronel, Senior
  • Frank, Garrett Hall, Junior
  • Naive Steve, Justin Chan, Junior
  • M&Ms: Matthew Carlson & Kevin Zong, Soph-Frosh

Best Costumes

  1. Queen Christiana (Kate Ly Johnston), Seniors
    Fully adorned with a luxury red cape trailing behind her and a glistening golden crown, senior Kate Johnson’s costume perfectly depicted the elegant attire of a royal queen. Her golden dress and rosy accessories shimmered in the light flawlessly.
  2. Bella’s Ball Gown (Nicole Shin), Juniors
    After sporting a more casual outfit for the first half of Junior SING!, junior Nicole Shin changed into a dazzling red dress for the ball. The costume directors of Junior SING! stayed true to the styles of the 1920s with this outfit, but also added modern elements: the sequined dress was composed of a halter style top and a long skirt.
  3. Coal Workers, Step, Juniors
    Junior step danced as coal miners, and to play the part, they had to look the part. Clothed in ragged overalls and faces dusted with soot, junior step’s costumes encompassed this look perfectly. The sheer number of costumes made for the group and the detail that went into the creation of each, from the stains on the denim to the loose frays of over-worn clothing, showcased the great efforts of the costumes crew.
  4. Knights, Step, Seniors
    Senior step’s powerful dance was complemented with equally powerful costumes. Each performer sported a metallic helmet and upper body armor, which was color coordinated with the flashes of yellow and red that appeared in the set on flags and thrones.
  5. High Priest (Lowell Weisbord), Seniors
    The impressive detail of Lowell Weisbord’s white and gold attire wonderfully complemented Senior SING!’s bright, traditional ambience. The cross worn around his neck and the white mitre atop his head further added to the elegance of the costume.

Best Dance

  1. Latin, Seniors
    Senior latin’s performance set Senior SING!’s tone with a breathtaking opening! From the moment the dancers charismatically strolled onto the stage, to the twirling and swirling of pink skirts, fast-moving feet, sexy body rolls, and gravity-defying jumps, senior latin did not fail to keep their audience moving to the rhythm and gawking at the stage.
  2. Swing, Seniors
    Beginning Esme’s coronation party, senior swing opened with an energy contradictory to how late it actually was. A dash of suggestiveness and comic relief elicited laughs and even a few whistles from the audience. With previously seen but nevertheless fabulous moves, along with daring new maneuvers, the crew dazzled the audience.
  3. Step, Juniors
    With impressive formations and ripple effects, junior step’s choreography was eye-catching and original. The dancers even threw in creative stunts which left the audience in awe. With the loud “hi ho, hi ho,” chants, the junior step choreography was enthusiastic and brought a fresh, spirited mood to the show.
  4. Step, Seniors
    Knights are expected to step in unison, and senior step took this role to heart. With incredible unison and interspersed spirit chants, senior step was all about pride. Between impressive cannons and shields handed up from the pit, they managed to innovate above and beyond past crews.
  5. Modern, Seniors
    Elegantly clothed in black, senior modern delivered a striking performance brimming with emotion. Accompanied by haunting vocals, the dancers set an atmosphere of mysticism and darkness, throwing rose petals into the air and stunning the crowd with the grace of their perfectly coordinated stunts.

Best Songs

  1. “We Can’t Stop,” Victoria Wong, Soph-Frosh
    Victoria Wong, as Sour Patch, delivered a powerful and captivating solo of “We Can’t Stop,” earning a roar of cheers from the audience. As her voice swelled and crescendoed, her gloomy character took on a new life, serving as the high point of both the plot and Soph-Frosh production in general.
  2. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Back to Black,” Kate Ly Johnston and Lizzy Lawrence, Seniors
    Johnston begins the medley with power, funneling the emotions of her character into “Bohemian Rhapsody” with a voice of might, and Lawrence joins in with “Back to Black” seamlessly, equaling Johnston’s strong vocals. The robustness of both voices melded seamlessly with the fast paced rhythm of the band.
  3. “Halo,” Elizabeth Lawrence and Michael Holmes, Seniors
    Seniors Elizabeth Lawrence and Michael Holmes powerfully belted a duet version of “Halo,” chockful of emotional climaxes. Although the song’s tense opening faithfully depicted the initial adversity between the two siblings, the chorus reflected the newfound unity between the duo.
  4. “Hallelujah,” Dennis Ronel, Seniors
    Senior Dennis Ronel delivered a soulful rendition of “Hallelujah” that was teeming with emotion. Ronel’s masterful contortion of his voice to capture the passion in the song made it an incredibly powerful performance.
  5. “City of Stars,” Nicole Shin and Garrett Hall, Juniors
    Shin and Hall’s duet mimicked that of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s song in “La La Land,” with Shin’s sweet voice effortlessly harmonizing with Hall’s deeper one. The emotions of their characters rang true as they sang, and Shin’s soft laugh in the midst of confessing her love through the song led to a performance filled with character.

Best Moments

  1. Fencing Stunt Doubles, Seniors
    The duel between Jian Ting Gao and Lowell Weisbord was an impressive display of artistry and dexterity. Called by Lizzy Lawrence and Evan Lieberman, they leapt onto the stage and filled the auditorium with the clash of metal, dancing about each other. Though brief, this was one of the most breathtaking displays of the night.
  2. Faculty Appearance and Coronation After Party, Seniors
    Though a different teacher performed each night, this moment did not lose its hilarity. Unfurling a scroll and reading aloud, Mr. Ramirez, Mr. Dyrland-Weaver, and Ms. Maggio, each on a different night, took turns announcing that the royalty was not associated with the Coronation After Party, CAP.
  3. Frank and Bella’s Kiss, Juniors
    When their lips locked dreamily, the audience’s memory of the previous cutesie blushing and hand-holding love scenes disappeared. Clearly the apex of Junior SING!’s performance, this moment did not disappoint and left us yearning for this undying love in our own lives.
  4. Ring Around the Rosie, Seniors
    Dancing in an eery circle, senior contemp brought the bubonic plague to life, accompanying their graceful movements with a haunting chant. Throwing flower petals into the air, they wowed and spooked, the audience.
  5. Learning to Love Yourself First, Soph-Frosh
    The duet between Candy Heart (Chelsea Cheung) and Sour Patch (Victoria Wong) at the conclusion of Soph-Frosh SING! was a particularly memorable and touching moment. Defying the usual romance that takes place in SING! productions, their assertion of self-love and the beauty of being unique was both a plot twist and a breath of fresh air.
  6. “Candy Heart, your shoe is untied,” Soph-Frosh
    We watched with bated breath as Tootsie Roll (Nathaniel Unger) kneeled before Candy Heart (Chelsea Cheung) after she proclaimed her love. It came as quite a surprise when, instead, he informed her that her shoe was untied, a moment that made it impossible not to love Tootsie Roll’s awkward, adorable geekiness.

Best Disses

  • “The jewel is made of cheap material like glass, or quartz, or Soph-Frosh jokes.” —Bella (Nicole Shin), Juniors
  • “My lesser child, my mistake, my Soph-Frosh SING!.” —Jewel-Obsessed Mother (August Murphy), Juniors
  • ”How do you know you’ve had a wild night after two shots of Capri Sun? When you vote for candy as your SING! theme!” —Yorick (Alec Dai), Seniors
  • “We are all playing Candy Crush tonight.” — Priscilla Marie (Lillian Carver), Seniors
  • “How do you know you’re desperate for extra credit? When you base your entire SING! script on your U.S. History textbook!” —Yorick (Alec Dai), Seniors

Best Jokes

  • “And the winner of SING! 2017 is … Candyland?” “I’m sorry, there’s been mistake. The winner is … Senior SING!.” —Yorick (Alec Dai) and Winston Venderbush, Seniors
  • “I haven’t seen someone get thrown around like that since the Bronx Science Fight Club.” —Frank (Garrett Hall), Juniors
  • “That is a magnanimous gas! Allow me to presenteth alternative facts!” —Sir Komsyze (Evan Lieberman), Seniors
  • “My lord, what do you want me to do with Sir Komsyze?” “Off with his head!” —Daisy (Jessica Sparacio) and King Bartholomew (Dennis Ronel), Seniors
  • “Also, if anyone lost an iPhone in a purple case, please come to the dungeon. This is also IDNYC’s last day in the castle, so make sure you come on by.” —Announcing Voice, Seniors
  • “I’m with her.” “And so is the popular vote.” —Harry (Holden Higgins) and Bella (Nicole Shin), Juniors
  • “I’m ready to instill fear in the eyes of children.” “You’re a king, not Ms. Damesek.” —Prince Chauncey (Michael Holmes) and Queen Christiana (Kate Ly Johnston), Seniors
  • “Damesek? Is it Ms. Damesek? Don’t let her know we have candy in the theater!” —Yellow M&M (Kevin Zong), Soph-Frosh

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