After being canceled last year due to ongoing construction, the annual upper school Hoscars variety show made its Rothschild Performing Arts Center debut on Friday, featuring dozens of students putting their many talents on display, be they musical, comedic or terpsichorean. Several students performed modified versions of popular songs, such as the duo of pianist Annabelle Perng and violinist Susan He, both juniors, who played a medley they put together in an experiment to see how many songs they could fit into three minutes. The show also featured energetic dance performances, as well as a comedic monologue by Andrew Semenza, grade 12, offering a feverish interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” recreated faithfully by Harker students posing as the famous painting’s subjects.
Because of limited capacity in the Patil Theater, this year’s Hoscars consisted of two shows to give as many students as possible the chance to attend. Audiences at both shows were very enthusiastic, relishing the opportunity to be among the first to cheer for Hoscars performers at the new venue, which is especially suited for live performances.