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Carleton: The Musical

<ir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-c7f6c236-3ed7-884c-a5c8-a69f73c39be9">If a year at Carleton were a musical, what would it be like? Would it be feel-good and upbeat? Fast-paced and intense? Melodramatic and a little bit scary? Romantic? Not romantic at all? Comic? Tragic? Here’s how Carleton: The Musical might be staged.

Act One: In the opening scene, freshmen pour onto the stage from all sides, toting duffel bags and sporting lanyards. Everyone else follows them more slowly. The first big musical number is a choreographed Frisbee toss; the second, an upbeat group number in Halloween costumes. Key plot points include a frenzy of email-list signups at the Activities Fair, a mishap while apple picking and the search for the cheapest textbooks.

Act Two: The set has been changed. The campus is now coated with snow, and all choreography must include intense shivering. All of the characters sing melancholy ballads about their lack of a love life. The biggest scene is Midwinter Ball, featuring a variety of types of dance: swing, salsa, and sweaty Cowling-style mess.

Act Three: The return of the sun brings with it the end of all rules. Characters sing out of tune, break the fourth wall and forget their choreography. The ending is bittersweet, but stay tuned for the sequel, The Summer Internship: A One-Act Musical, hopefully coming soon to a theater near you!

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