This weekend, I was able to experience my first ever Judson pageant. Each year, the junior-sophomore class presents a pageant that represents the unity of the senior and junior-sophomore classes. Everything about pageant, from the story line to who plays what part are kept secret - especially from the seniors. While the jr/soph class works hard to prepare for Pageant, seniors try their hardest to break in to the practice area and discover as much about the play as they can. This is where the freshmen get to help. :) During practices, freshmen have the option of helping guard duty. By guarding entrances, we can help protect the secret by not allowing seniors to enter the building.
When Pageant weekend finally arrives, the song leaders each make up a song for their class, and each class sings a song about their participation in Pageant, whether it was guarding, getting ready for the performance, or trying to find out information about the play.
By the time the big day had come around, I was so excited! I couldn't wait to see what Pageant would be like. Since no one could say much about it, we weren't sure what to expect. That night, we dressed up and headed over to Alumnae Auditorium to claim our seats. When Pageant finally started, and it was obvious the jr/sophs had put a lot of time into their program. The storyline, called "Into the Woods" was based around fairytales, from Cinderella to Jack and the Beanstalk. We all really enjoyed the entire play, and can't wait to start on our own next year!
After Pageant was over, they held a reception in the Jewett Parlors with lots of food and pictures. The parlors were packed full of friends and family, and we all had fun talking about our favorite parts of the play. When the reception ended, Judson girls claimed different buildings around campus to finish off the night with some fun and of course, more food.
One thing I love about Judson is all the traditions they have here. I think it is one of the many things that make this place unique, and I'm already excited about participating in this particular tradition next year!
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." -Helen Keller