Putting on a show

Most of the year, getting involved with the SRO usually means that a student is headed to a talk with our school resource officer. However, as February rolls around, the acronym has less to do with the Greenwich police and more to do with Standing Room Only, Greenwich High School’s senior class production.

A fitting name, Standing Room Only is one of the biggest GHS traditions. Every year, the show brings an outpouring of support from students, staff, and the Greenwich community.

SRO has been around since 1971, when it featured musical performances, comedy skits and dances. The show is directed, composed, and performed by the senior class. Since then, it has become a beloved GHS event. Students typically not involved in theatre or acting come together to perform for their classmates, and the community, during their last year on campus.

Greenwich High traditions like SRO bring our class together during a time when a lot of seniors might feel a slight desire to start checking out of school. With second semester having just begun, senioritis has begun to hit GHS.

For those not familiar with the term, senioritis is a condition afflicting millions of high school seniors across the country. As the last midterm exam bell rings, it sets in, slowly chipping away at our motivation. College applications have been sent, mid-year reports are on the way to schools and the process is officially out of our hands. But getting involved in SRO is a great way for students to fondly remember their past three and a half years at GHS.

Although there is no sure cure for senioritis, events like SRO help seniors relax and provide a fun outlet for the newly discovered time they have.

In addition to the student body, the rest of the Greenwich community plays a big role in the show.

Teachers and faculty serve as the brunt of a few good-natured skits, while also advising and approving the writing for the show.

Local businesses and parents help raise money for the class by purchasing advertising space in the program.

SRO generates money for the class that is used for scholarships, gifts back to the school and lowering prom ticket prices. And even though the show includes a lot of inside jokes, parents and residents of the town still love it.

In years past, skit topics have included the MISA project’s unintended side effects, the GHS security response to the senioritis outbreak and satirical renditions of current events.

Although past skits had been centered around a theme, this year it is a variety show in the style of Saturday Night Live. This format allows for more seniors to participate, with a lesser time commitment.

Ultimately, the more participants the merrier, because it is a great way to blow off second semester steam and bring our class together before we set out on our post-high school experiences.

 

Henry Ricciardi is a senior at Greenwich High School.

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