Royal Brougham Pavilion was a kaleidoscope of spotlights, voice-overs, makeshift costumes and cardboard props for the Hill Hall’s annual Decade Skate competition on Sunday night.
Each floor performed an original skit — composed of group dance and pop culture references — for an audience that extended into the nosebleeds.
The hosts were former Hill Hall president Samuel Ernest and Sixth East Ashton Peer Adviser Kate Anderson.
The judging panel consisted of SPU staff members, alumni, and University President Daniel J. Martin.
The first place Golden Skate went to the men of Fourth Hill.
Their skit followed Leonardo DiCaprio on an existential quest for his first Oscar. DiCaprio meets Sherlock Holmes at the Great Gatsby party, and they set off in search for his missing award.
Along the way, they encounter Lizzie McGuire, Kanye West, Sarah McLachlan, Richard Nixon and characters from Breaking Bad and The Hunger Games.
In the end, DiCaprio receives “The Kick” from Inception and realizes it was all a dream brought about by slipping on a banana peel and hitting his head.
He receives his Oscar and makes an acceptance speech that leads into a final dance, which incorporated the entire cast to Lady Gaga’s “Applause.”
The skit ended abruptly when the music died, and the dancers dropped to their knees. DiCaprio spun a top and the lights died before it stopped spinning.
The women of Fourth Hill took home the second place Silver Skate.
In their skit, Martin reassembles the Scooby Gang to recruit monsters for the new “SPU Scare School.”
The gang rolls around the stage in a two-dimensional cardboard replica of the Mystery Machine.
They drink coffee with the Mermaids from Harry Potter, break up Edward and Bella, and run over Miley Cyrus. Other props included a forest backdrop and remote-controlled air shark.
A strobe-lit zombie dance and cartoon-esque chase scene roused cheers from the audience. They make it back to SPU in time for Welcome Week, with a van full of recruits from Sasquatch to Hillary Clinton. The skit concluded with a group dance to a monster-themed medley.
The women of Second Hill took home Best Costumes and Props, as well as the third-place Bronze Skate. Their skit featured a group of women channel surfing in search of ideas for Decade Skate.
A large cardboard box at the front of the stage displayed the name of the channel.
On Cartoon Network, the Scooby Doo gang catches Chester Pineda, one of the cashiers at Gwinn Commons, “swiping,” from SPU students.
The Rugrats appear from Nickelodeon, That’s So Raven meets Hannah Montana on Disney, and the women from The Bachelor start a fight on ABC.
At last, the women find inspiration in America’s Best Dance Crew, which leads to a closing group dance. All the dancers wore matching black, with colored armbands.
The audience erupted in cheers when they sat down in chairs and did a sitting dance to Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘n’ Night.”
A number of reoccurring motifs appeared throughout the evening, including Miley Cyrus, The Hunger Games, Twilight and Monsters, Inc.
Three skits made reference to Pineda.
The final performance, by the Fifth Hill men, included Pineda swiping the characters from Monsters, Inc. into Gwinn.
Pineda, who happened to be among the judges, appreciated the parody.
“Thanks, guys,” Pineda said, “But I like to think I swipe cards with a little more finesse than tossing them over my shoulder.”
The audience got a surprise bonus as the judges deliberated before announcing the winners.
Martin performed a portion of “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang to a standing ovation.