Greek Sing is a music and dance extravaganza
At 5:30 p.m. this Saturday, the Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium was packed with countless excited members from 16 greek organizations on campus and their friends, families, and professors eagerly waiting for them to perform. There were teapots and clocks, school children and fairytale creatures, and an anxious audience murmuring and taking quick pictures before the show started. At 5:45 p.m., the five minute warning lights lulled half of the audience into anticipatory silence, and the greek organizations into a hushed frenzy, as makeup was touched-up and final best wishes were exchanged. As the house lights dimmed and the stage lights flashed, overall Greek Sing chairs Amanda Branson, a junior humanities and arts major of Delta Gamma, and Erin Persson, a senior civil engineering major of Kappa Alpha Theta, graced the stage in black evening gowns to start the show.
Greek Sing is an annual philanthropic event put together by Carnegie Mellon’s various sororities and fraternities. The show serves to combine fundraising for charity with the infectious delight of musical theater. This year the show sponsored “Our Clubhouse,” an organization that supports families and individuals who have been “touched by cancer.” On the whole, Greek Sing set a goal to raise $160,000 for Our Clubhouse over the course of two years and, much to the delight of everyone in the auditorium, succeeded that night. The next organization that Greek Sing will be sponsoring is Carnegie Mellon’s chapter of Camp Kesem, which strives to “support children through and beyond their parent's cancer with innovative, fun-filled programs that foster a lasting community.” The current goal is to raise $150,000 over the next two years, and we wish them the very best for achieving this for such an important cause.
As for the show, each organization is given 15 minutes to perform their piece. There were two categories for the evening: singles and doubles. The doubles were collaborations between fraternities and sororities, and the performances were condensed, high-energy renditions of full-length musicals complete with a band, dancers, singers, actors, intricate set designs, costumes, and makeup. Here was the lineup for the night:
- Kappa Kappa Gamma & Delta Tau Delta — Beauty and the Beast
- Alpha Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon — The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Delta Delta Delta & Alpha Sigma Phi — Mamma Mia
- Alpha Chi Omega & Kappa Sigma — Matilda
- Delta Gamma & Phi Delta Theta — Shrek: the Musical
- Alpha Kappa Delta Phi & Pi Kappa Alpha — High School Musical
- Kappa Alpha Theta & Sigma Chi — Chicago
At the end of the night, the trophy for first place went to the incredibly costumed and wonderfully quirky performers of Delta Gamma and Phi Delta Theta in [ITAL]Shrek[ITAL]. Their singing was soulful, and the great attention to detail that lingered throughout each number made the performance wholesome and enjoyable. They stayed true to both the musical and the Dreamworks classic that we have all come to know and love.
In second, were the sisters and brothers of Delta Delta Delta and Alpha Sigma Phi with Mamma Mia, with a co-lead who bore an astonishing resemblance to Meryl Streep. What stood out here was the meticulous fusions between dialogue and song. From the father-conundrum that arose in "Voulez-Vouz" to the captivating performance of "Lay All Your Love On Me," Mamma Mia did not disappoint.
In third were the stylish and polished members of Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Chi in Chicago. The choreography was clean and each and every number was executed with finesse, both from the singing and dancing perspective.
While the winners are set, I want to take a moment to recognize the other notable performances that contributed to making the evening the wonder that it was. Kappa Kappa Gamma and Delta Tau Delta’s Beauty and the Beast was perhaps the most intricately choreographed performance of the evening, with major credits going to Sarah Deluty, a sophomore neuroscience major. The ensemble brought life to the stage, and the leads were expressive and true to their roles. All-in-all, it brought to life an old Disney classic, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Alpha Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Hunchback of Notre Dame carried on the Disney theme, and with witty gargoyles, colorful and lively gypsies, and a multipurpose set that was honestly very well used.
Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Sigma’s Matilda was something unexpected and heartwarming. Matilda is one of those stories that many of us found comfort in as young readers, and seeing it come to life was magical. Every character was invested, and active and the musical numbers were crisp and inviting.
Last, but certainly not least, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi and Pi Kappa Alpha brought to the stage a Carnegie Mellon themed version of everyone’s guilty pleasure, High School Musical. Sharpay was sassy, basketballs were rampant, and best of all we got to hear the leads belt out “Breaking Free.” I honestly couldn’t stop singing along.
As for the singles, it was a face-off for the winning position between Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Epsilon Pi, performing the first and second half of a mash-up of The Magic School Bus, The Wizard of Oz, and The Pink Panther titled, respectively, The Gizzard of Oz and The Path of Justice (Justice). Sigma Alpha Epsilon lived up to their reputation of performing a sort of free-form, “YOLO” play, which left the audience in tears from laughter. The story followed the path of an appendix seeking to find purpose in life, who encounters Ms. Frizzle and the gang on their journey into the human body of an insanely unhealthy fourth grader. This transitioned into Alpha Epsilon Pi’s story of the investigation of said fourth grader’s untimely unconsciousness, with a friskier Ms. Frizzle and a detective with knack for circular reasoning. The award for first place ultimately went to Alpha Epsilon Pi, but I think I can speak for everyone when I say that the two performances were like Ying and Yang, complementing and bringing out the best in one another.
If you didn’t go this year, be sure to check it out next year. All the organizations put in a lot of effort for a great cause and a great evening, and it really is something special.