By Lucy Turnipseed '18
How to Plan a Music Day Skit (…successfully?)
Think of the worst case scenario for a music day skit: the music plays at the
wrong time, the banner is rolled out upside down, and a couple people who are supposed
to be in it miss the cue and do not come up on stage.
Surprise! That is exactly what happened during the CVT (Cathedral Varsity
Tennis, if you didn’t know) skit. Definitely a setback to a team that is trying to reinvent
itself as a more intense Close sport, hence the banner that read “Gr1nd S8ason.”
But while it might have seemed like a hastily planned and un-practiced skit, and it
may have been one in reality too, the creative process and the shared experience of
performing accomplished something for the team that a perfect show could not.
Flashback to team captains Nicole and Georgia asking, “Anyone have any ideas?”
about three weeks before Spirit Day. The only responses the first time around were self-
deprecating digs about how few fans regularly came to our matches, the long trek to the
tennis courts from Hearst, and the proximity to football and cross country practices. After
multiple dead-end conversations in our group chat (the name featuring the emoji of a
dragon holding a crystal ball—or possibly a diamond, the jury’s still out on that
one—which may or may not tell you something about our team, I’ll let readers decide),
Kate Nuechterlein had a plan. Her brilliant idea included classical music, a pump up
song, preppy outfits, and a little STA humor.
The idea grew into a full-blown skit that detailed the tennis team’s evolution.
Beginning as stereotypes of lofty tennis players, each team member became intense when
the team captains came to whip them into shape. And to top it all off, there was a good
dose of pump-up at the end.
So, after figuring out how to properly copy the football warm-up, changing STA
to NCS and bulldogs to eagles, we left practicing the skit to about 5:30 on the Thursday
night before, came up with our plan, and left details like unrolling the banner and playing
the music up to chance.
Now think of the best-case scenario for a skit: if you cannot imagine it, watch the
video of CVT’s skit.
Because later that day, with a huge turnout at our homecoming match and an
amazing, even e18ctrifying, energy in the air that helped us to beat Madeira 7-0, we knew
the mere actions of preparing for and carrying out our skit had brought us closer as a
We survived a fumble early on in the season and turned the borderline chaotic
experience into a joke we were all in on, Lucy Freemyer even declaring that she “loved
it,” because it, “captured the essence of CVT.”
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