The Home Show, another term used for the Gymnastics Exhibition Show, is where gymnasts and dancers show off the spirit and enjoyment of their talent. Every second of the show has spectators amazed. The Springfield College gymnastics team plans to do just that this for the 105th Annual Home Show.
The Gymnastics Exhibition Show originated when the college was all men. Historic personnel were involved, such as Amos Alonzo Stagg, James Naismith, Frank Seerley, and Luther Gulick. Leslie Judd was one of the first to really develop the show. The shows were performed in local YMCAs, and the musical background for the exhibition increased the popularity of the program.
This year, the show is doing take-offs from Tron, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tarzan, Footloose, Grease, and others, says Stephen Posner, the men’s gymnastic coach. Posner, an associate professor at Springfield College, was the 2011 USA Gymnastics National Collegiate Coach of the Year. “The Home Show is a big part of the celebration to homecoming and homecoming weekend,” Posner says talking about the importance of the Home Show. Coach Posner and Cheryl Raymond, the women’s head coach, start working on the event in the summer on a weekly basis. “We really have a cornerstone on exhibition gymnastics, we kind of started it,” Posner quoted.
“Since we’ve been performing, there have been other performance groups that have taken off. Such as Cirque Du Soleil; Disney has a performance group as well.” Posner continued.
Exhibition shows are different from competition shows; the transition from competitive to exhibition gymnastics is tough. Exhibition gymnastics is more about being in a large ensemble of a cast without stars. “The difference between a performance and a competition is that a performance has costumes, themes, and it’s not judged,” Coach Posner said, also mentioning, “show performance is just for the enjoyment of the spectator.”
Coach Raymond successfully develops athletes to their full potential. She’s sent many gymnasts to Nationals, and Division III Championships. With 35 years under her belt, she’s no stranger to hard work and dedication, including hard work for the Home Show. “The history is that, back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, they used to take it on the road in the fall semester,” Raymond says. “In the winter trimester, they would come home and perform. It was the last show.” Raymond continued, “Gymnasts on campus are involved in a class where they put routines together that are more entertaining, rather than in a competitive nature.” Raymond describes the Home Show, “It’s the best of what gymnastics has to offer.”
Coach Raymond and Coach Posner started working on the Home Show’s every summer. “Coach Posner and