Donald Trump references, John Cena appearances and dozens of risque jokes were front and center at Seattle Pacific’s famed Ashton Cup.
On Sunday, March 6, a line wrapped around Royal Brougham Pavilion with students awaiting the biggest dorm’s annual lip-synced, choreographed skit competition.
Opening the night was third west floor with their rendition of “Skyfall.” This girls floor took third place overall thanks to their simple stunts, Adele impersonation and comedic audio. The audience was laughing from beginning to end.
Fifth east floor captured everyone’s sweet tooth in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Sophomore Lauren Stowe danced her way through the chocolate factory as Mike Teavee and junior Ellie Langford played Willy Wonka. Stowe said she and her floor worked for almost a month to pull their routine together.
“Props take a long time,” Stowe said, explaining that the colorful candy decor and paper chocolate river didn’t come together in one night.
In the end, their hard work paid off and fifth east floor took second place overall.
Fourth west floor wowed the crowd with their rendition “500 Days of Summer” and their raunchy take on the film. Shorts that were just a little too short left the crowd wanting more, more fabric that is.
Though their sexual innuendoes made the audience laugh through nearly their entire performance, the floor was disqualified for the references in the end.
In another skit, the clock hit midnight and Cinderella lost her shoe but sixth east floor didn’t. This girls floor won first place overall and took home the best dance prize, softening the blow of Cinderella’s hasty departure.
“We probably spent 40 to 50 hours preparing,” freshman Ashley Hillier said.
The sixth east girls didn’t start working on “Cinderella” until three weeks ago but Hillier said they worked nonstop since then to perform the first place skit of the night.
The girls’ floors raked in all the awards with third east floor’s “Avatar” snatching the title of best audio and soundtrack. These girls committed to their performance with some going as far as painting their bodies blue to resemble the creatures from Pandora.
Sixth west floor implemented the charm of Pixar and turned up the nostalgia in “Toy Story.” Buzz Lightyear’s deployable wings and a creative claw machine stole the crowd’s heart in this throwback.
The ladies of second west brought a whole new meaning to rock band with “School of Rock,” by using plastic guitars and a recycle bin for drums.
In a moment of deception that had everyone doing a double take, fourth east floor took on “Dirty Dancing” but not before playing a dirty trick that had the audience believing they were going to perform “High School Musical 2.”
Ashton’s second east brought creative props, human boulders and a surprise impersonation of Brian Williams, former anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, in their rendition of “127 Hours.”
In the last performance of the night fifth west floor had a few tricks up their sleeve. Beginning their performance with “Star Wars” the crowd was buzzing, but after Kylo Ren said a few opening lines, the scene changed.
Freshman Jeff Smith said they opened with “Star Wars” because of all the hype around the new movie.
“We wanted to throw people off,” Smith said.
As their skit began, a familiar voice flooded the gym.
“I will finish what you started,” fifth west freshman Cai Dunham said while playing Kylo Ren; this is referring to the sophomores who were kicked off fifth west earlier in the year.
Twelve gravestones lined the stage to open their skit, each with a corresponding number to the room of the boys that were evicted fall quarter.
Suddenly, “Star Wars” transformed into “Titanic.” In their lighthearted rom-com take on this classic, the fifth west boys had everyone laughing.
Smith knew that the entire performance, both the “Star Wars” tease and the “Titanic” storyline, was something special and clearly the judges knew it too. Fifth west took home the award for best props.
This was “definitely for our fifth west boys,” Smith said.