Arts and Culture




The lip sync tradition at Pinewood is an
annual favorite for all students, mostly because of the hilarious mishaps that may occur, but also because some grades are able to give outstanding performances. Ever wonder what the process is behind putting together a lip sync? It takes several hours of hard work for the Upper Campus student councils to get their classmates together and put on a show.

   Usually, the first step in the lip sync production is to get the student council members together to choose a soundtrack that follows their respective themes. This can be one of the most frustrating stages, as sound is key to winning points from the judges, especially since it has to be appropriate and relative to the subject.

  “We just used GarageBand to make our background music,” freshman president Kassy
Davis said.

  Davis mentions that she wishes she had checked the music again though, to avoid the technical difficulties that occurred halfway through their performance.

   The next stage is to design the dance. Most councils choose to allocate a block of time to just sit down and create a dance routine that their grade can easily master in a short amount of time. This year, some grades, such as the freshmen, decided to do class dances, in which the entire class synchronized to perform the same dance moves. On the other hand, the
sophomores took a different approach and dedicated different songs to different groups of people to perform short dances or skits.

Each year, the different grades are given
specific times to practice, whether it’s during lunch or at 7 a.m. in the morning. The hard part is getting classmates to show up, so some councils took to bribing their class with treats. For those who do show up, it is also difficult to get them to cooperate and focus on the lip sync.

  “The hardest part of the lip sync was getting our grade to participate and show up to practices,” senior president Eri Yoshimoto said.
  Although the seniors had low grade involvement this year, their lip sync was nonetheless entertaining and comical, which helped them win first place in the competition. Sophomores came in second, with their lack of actual lip syncing holding them back. Freshmen came in third, and juniors last, with both grades having sound and technological issues in the middle of their dances.

“Hopefully next year we will have a better soundtrack before the day of the lip sync,”
junior president Katrina Hough said.