This year at the twenty-eighth annual Mr. East pageant, one quirky contestant plans to walk off of the stage with no regrets. Noah Ritz (’15), now known as Mr. Noahpologies, is a witty, taco-sock-wearing musician with unique plans for the competition this year.
“[My act] will be some sort of mix between jazz and comedy,” said Ritz. “Half jazz, half comedy.”
Ritz is active in Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, Pit Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, playing the trombone in school and taking additional piano lessons. He says that his best memory at East was doing Pit Orchestra for the past three years, especially for the show “Peter Pan.”
Besides his musical abilities, Ritz also can juggle and ride a unicycle.
“But not at the same time,” he adds.
Ritz believes that he should win Mr. East because he is better than the rest–but also the most polite, of course.
“I’ve always enjoyed it in the past and I like the idea of presenting as kind of a face in the senior class,” said Ritz. “I’ve always liked putting myself out there in front of other people, making a fool of myself publicly, so this is perfect venue to do that.”
Ritz also has big plans for his own future after completing the Mr. East competition.
“I’d probably like to go into some sort of physical science field, but that could all change in college realistically,” said Ritz.
If he were ever to get a tattoo, Ritz admits that it would be of his own face, directly over his real face. He would also love to meet Ben Franklin, “hopefully alive.”
On the night of March 27, be prepared for a fun, jazzy act presented by Mr. Noahpologies.