Britney Spears, Mr. Roboto, and Annie raise money for charity

Last weekend at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on Fifth Avenue, fraternities and sororities competed for charity during Greek Sing 2008. Greek Sing features 13-minute musicals put on entirely by the fraternities and sororities, from the acting and singing to the musical accompaniment. One of the biggest Greek events of the year, students in fraternities and sororities work for months to put together the shows.

“We’ve been working since May of last year. A lot of hours are put in, especially with the shows,” said Greek Sing co-chair Bevin Hill, a senior music major in Delta Gamma.

The night began with a “CMU Variety Hour,” a show similar to the late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live. The “Variety Hour” was performed by mechanical engineering junior Ellen Hyland and social and decision sciences senior Tim Dimond, featuring a news segment called “Things That Happened” in the style of SNL’s “Weekend Update”, along with the rap “Hazy Sunday,” detailing the aftershock of those crazy Carnegie Mellon Saturday nights performed by a group of students. The real competition began with the singles performances by six fraternities.

Sigma Tau Gamma kicked off the show with a rendition of the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The show was the first to showcase what sexy girls a fraternity can produce, with members dressing up as women. Next was “Beta Presents TRL” as the members of Beta Theta Pi flashed back to the year 2000, when President Bush told Beta to save the world from the evil reign of Carson Daly by taking the number-one slot on his show, Total Request Live. It featured memorable performances by Britney Spears, Sisqo, *NSYNC, and the Beta Masters with their hit single “Save a Horse, Ride a Beta.”

Theta Xi won third place with its performance “Greek Lightning,” a parody of Grease, in which Danny, a member of the fictional Gamma Pi fraternity, is trying to get his first-year friend Sandy to pledge. One of the more creative shows of the night, Theta Xi used the songs from Grease to fit their story well, with a bubble machine named “Grease Lightning” and singing “You’re The One That I Want” on Pledge Night. Alpha Epsilon Pi followed with its parody “Revenge of the Jocks,” as the jocks challenged the greasy nerds that dominate Carnegie Mellon for the love of a girl. Earning first place, “Revenge of the Jocks” had good music and fancy ballroom dancing, and ended with a pretty decent “that’s what she said” joke.

The Asian-American fraternity Pi Delta Psi made its debut at Greek Sing Saturday night with a performance One Night Out with Jersey Boy. Members of the fraternity sang their first song a capella and showcased their singing voices throughout the show.

“Kappa Delta Rho Presents: Greek Sing” was next, featuring William Shatner as the host of “VH1 Presents: The ’80s.” The fraternity’s hilarious remakes of songs such as “Rocket Man” and “Mr. Roboto,” along with the performers’ light-up robot costumes and Pepto-Bismol pink ribbon boys helped Kappa Delta Rho take home second place.

The doubles acts were more serious and complicated, as most of them emulated actual musicals. Delta Gamma and Phi Kappa Theta began the second act with Little Shop of Horrors. Their abridged version featured difficult choreography with lots of lifts, a complicated set, a really gigantic plant, and amazing singing. Their performance helped them earn not only first place in the doubles division but also the award for the most number of points.

Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Phi Epsilon won second place with their version of Hercules, which not only had a ton of people dancing on stage at once, but also an outstanding solo during “Go the Distance.” Delta Delta Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha got third place in doubles with I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, a long-running musical that easily relates to Carnegie Mellon’s social scene.
Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Sigma did a mediocre version of The Blues Brothers with decent singing and dancing, but which could have been much funnier. A definite crowd favorite was Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Kappa Gamma’s “ArmagAnnie,” which meshed Armageddon, Annie, and a couple of songs from Rent to create a truly unique story that capitalized on poor Orphan Annie. You haven’t seen everything until you’ve seen a bunch of asteroids in a chorus line doing the can-can.

Asian-American sororities Kappa Phi Lambda and Alpha Kappa Delta Phi ended the night with step performances and dance routines as the scores were being tabulated.

This year, the money raised from Greek Sing was given to Gilda’s Club, which provides support groups for cancer patients and their families. Junior social and decision sciences major Dorian Adeyemi, Greek Sing co-chair and member of Pi Kappa Alpha, said Gilda’s was chosen because they wanted to donate to a local organization.

“We wanted the money we [raised] to have a big effect on the charity we gave it to,” Adeyemi said.

Gilda’s representative Carly Reed said on stage that donations such as these are “the only way we can keep going.” Overall, Greek Sing 2008 sold 1832 tickets and made $20,292 for Gilda, $5000 more than the money raised last year for Easter Seals.

Adeyemi and Hill hid the news from the Gilda’s representative until the check was presented to her on stage.

“Our beneficiary was about to pass out. She came out stunned. I thought she was going to cry,” Adeyemi said.