By Kara Livingston
I apologize to all Siena students who were not able to attend Mr. Siena 2008, where the overcrowded audience was able to watch twelve classy men willingly dance and sing in front of their peers for a wonderful cause. All of the proceeds from this year’s show will be donated to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity, and the rest will be donated to help current Siena students. The contestants were challenged to be creative, and make their own slogans that represented what they could do to help out with Habitat for Humanity.
The opening act was very entertaining, as the twelve manly contestants danced to a complete mix of songs, which included “Mickey” by Toni Basil, “Low” by Flo Rida, “Crank That” by Soulja Boy Tell ‘em, and “Lip Gloss” by Lil Mama. The dancing was impressive, and all contestants danced hysterically in unison. An audience member and freshman at Siena, Kerry Shea, explained, “I loved their Soulja Boy dance moves. The dancing overall was hilarious.” Fellow Mr. Siena 2008 contestant, and second place winner Bryan Schroter explained, “My favorite part of being in the show was definitely the opening dance. I was pretty nervous when I got on stage and heard the crowd. My adrenaline was pumping and I loved every minute of it. Dancing in front of everyone was really fun, especially since I’m terrible at it. I know I was going to make a fool of myself, and it was great!”
The laughs continued as the first scored portion of the show began: Habitat Wear. Costumes worn and created by contestants ranged from barely any clothes (Kiko Dryzmalski), to a smooth construction worker uniform (Bryan Schroter), and even to an actual brick house (Tim Hannigan). All of the costumes were expressive of the unique personalities of each Mr. Siena contestant. The slogans that each contestant created were also very interesting. Nick Noblett wore a shirt that said, “We nailed it!” which stirred laughter in the audience.
The second, and longest, scored portion of the show was all about the talent. Conor Geary, three-time Mr. Siena contestant, and his friend, Steve Archer, performed a lively dialogue about the Siena Men’s basketball team, which he claims is one of his favorite parts about Siena at the present time. Another contestant, Steve Hannigan, wowed the audience with his recipe for a “MAN-icure,” with ingredients that included beer, heaving duty tools, and his very own “man-milk.” Derrell Melton was very impressive when he showed off his own stepping moves, and his creative style of dance. Kristhiam Gonzalez, the winner of Mr. Siena 2008, displayed his talents by dancing to different styles of dance, which included Irish step-dancing and hip-hop. And lastly, the audience was very responsive to Bryan Schroter’s musical dialogue that included friends, Brendan Keogh and Joe Kim.
The final portion of the show, formal wear, was a lovely end to a great show. Finally, the contestants were able to show their serious sides, while they were all suited up. Diego Blake was stylishly dressed in green, Kyle Bernardo was bright in orange, Franchel Mendoza was stunning in bright red, and Chris Bopp was classy in cream. All of the tuxedos worn by contestants, and gowns worn by their escorts were provided by TuxEgo.
The show ended with a bang, when the contestants danced with audience members to the classic hit, “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls. Overall, the show was not only very entertaining, but it also raised a whole lot of money for Habitat for Humanity. Congratulations to all of our Mr. Siena 2008 contestants, including our winner, Kristhiam Gonzalez, our second-place winner, Bryan Schroter, and our thir-place winner, Kiko Drzymalski.