How It’s Made: Homecoming assembly (+ video)

By Allison Van Horn

It’s twelve o’clock, the night before the Homecoming assembly, and while the majority of the student body are snug in their beds, the members of Student Leadership are busy at work in the school gym. They are completing the final touches to the floor layout for the assembly scheduled for the next day, the one that we students enjoy without much of a second thought on the amount of labor that was dedicated to concocting the assortment of props, the flooring, and the script. As it turns out, it’s a lot of work.

Just assembling the floor the night before can easily take over six hours. According to senior Kylee Rench, one of the prominent front-runners in the setup, “We start at around six and go until twelve, and then sometimes we even have to go the next morning.” Taking into account the weeks of preparation beforehand, the hours spent fabricating the assembly in its entirety seem to be innumerable. Prior to the night before, when all of the brainstorming is brought to life, Leadership students are engrossed in developing floor plans and a script nearly a month in advance. Rench reported that in the weeks leading up to the assembly, Leadership students start “making an assembly script” and that they must get the finalized version “approved by administration” before it can be used on the big day.

As for the designing process, senior Anna Ricci stated, “For the floor, we always try and have quadrants. So this year, we wanted to bring aspects from the ball, and then from Cinderella’s house, and the garden.” She also mentioned, “We start with the basis of the paper on the ground, and then just build up from there.” Ricci played an important role in the setup for the Homecoming assembly, directing many of the preparations the night before. In regards to the formation of the script, Ricci stated, “Our theme obviously this year was Cinderella, so we so we started off with that, and then took things from the movie to build our script.”

The next time we have an assembly, don’t just admire the inventive array of props that lay on the creatively designed floor. Take a moment to think about the hours upon hours of work that was devoted to configuring the script and engineering feasible designs for the large-scale props. Ricci stated, “We always appreciate how much support we get from the school.” So after our next assembly, be sure to show your support by thanking your fellow Leadership students for their hard work.

Student Leadership members preparing for the Homecoming assembly in the gym the night before. Photo courtesy of Autumn Sevy.

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