After the success of the “Handmade”-themed Homeshow, the Andrews University Gymnics have already begun preparing for next year. Assistant Fitness Coach Ryan Atkins commented, “We got such a great reception, that we want to do everything we can to top the show next April!” To help the Gymnics in this endeavour, the staff has hired a new assistant to provide creative input and oversee the implementation of these new ideas. We reached out to this new assistant, Tony Widdershins, to learn what might be in store for next year’s Homeshow.
“While we want to keep some things a surprise, I’ll let you in on a few of our plans,” Widdershins remarked.
Widdershins explained that the Homeshow was well-received due to the inclusion of fire and a balancing act involving several stacked chairs.
“Obviously, the only way to top those acts is to combine them,” he said. “Look forward to fire poi and fire-breathing on top of the chairs next year!”
The Gymnics also want to incorporate synchronized swimming into their routines.
“Starting next Monday, we’ll be hitting the pool to start practicing our swimming,” Widdershins said.
This is a bold new direction for the Gymnics team, whose acrobatics have not interacted with aquatics before. This also means the team will have to consider the logistics of pulling off a swimming routine in their traditional Homeshow venue—the Johnson Gymnasium.
“We’ve also got our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to partner with an animal-training group,” Widdershins remarked. “If all goes according to plan, we’ll be able to use live animals in our show, which will bring in a new level of excitement.”
Some of the animals the Gymnics want to include are monkey, panthers and elephants. They also hope to work with dolphins in their synchronized swimming act.
This is not the first time Widdershins has worked with a university team of performers.
“By no means are my services exclusive to gymnastics,” he explained. “I have helped turn campus theatre into grand spectacles and open mic nights into extravaganzas, thanks to fog machines and lasers! I always like to say, ‘There’s nothing that can’t be improved with a strobe light!’”
Widdershins has only been sued twice in personal injury lawsuits.
There’s no official word on what next year’s theme will be, but Widdershins will surely have a hand in the final decision—rumor is that “Grandiloquence” is up for consideration.
“We’re looking forward to working with Tony Widdershins,” added Atkins. “He’s a bit peculiar, but I say we give him a chance to prove himself.”
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