Halloween at Brentwood = Airband 2018
While most teenagers spent Halloween night trick or treating or in a haunted house, on Wednesday, October 31st, Brentwood students took their dance moves and lip synching skills to the Killy stage to compete in the annual interhouse Airband competition. The night was filled with drama, backflips, laughter, and dance moves like the pros.
For weeks, students formed groups within their brother/sister houses, and put in hours of preparation to perfect their acts as the biggest interhouse event of the year approached. Students would be judged on their lip synching, costumes, choreography, and overall production. The four mystery judges were revealed, and the night took off with a great start.
The mixed category, groups that held both juniors and seniors, kicked off the night with an already filled Bunch, and the competition was tight. Many costumes left the audience laughing and the school’s creativity could be seen with their dance moves. “There were very few badly prepared acts, and there was a lot of creativity. I think the one thing I enjoyed the most was the real buzz in the audience afterwards” stated Mr McCarthy when asked his thoughts on the night. Alex/Whittall captured the most amount of points in the Mixed category with the Alex girls mashup of “Only Time” by Enya and “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera.
The four judges, Mr. Armitage, Ms. Phillip, Ms. Blake, and Mr. Felix sat in the balcony watching vigilantly for any acts containing inappropriate dance moves or lyrics, and, luckily, only needed to blow their airhorns once.
Getting up and dancing to “Womanizer” by Britney Spears can seem like a daunting task to many, but the Brentwood boys showed courage and got up there and gave it their all in hopes of winning points for their house. The Privett Grade 11’s were the highlight of the night for many, landing them with the top points in the Senior category. After the show, Allard House Captain Haley H, when asked how she thought her house did, noted that she was “very proud of how well the dances were choreographed”. The three categories, Mixed, Junior and Senior, brought their all to the table and their performances did not disappoint. While there was no question that each house knew how to make a memorable performance, Mackenzie/Ellis, who had won the Junior category, also took home the overall win for Airband 2018.
Although they were not able to trick or treat on the night of Halloween, candy awaited the students back in their houses after they left the buzzing theatre. Airband may have not been as spooky as a typical Halloween night, but it was definitely a successful one that will go down in history.
Nadia, K, Hope ‘19; Photo by Jim Ganley