On Saturday March 21, 2009, campus Greco-philes flocked to Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium to watch the sororities and fraternities of Carnegie Mellon sing songs from time-honored musicals to raise money for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
For those who weren't there: Alpha Epsilon Pi and Delta Delta Delta performed "Seussical the Musical," Kappa Delta Rho and Kappa Alpha Theta sang songs from "Chicago," Kappa Sigma and Alpha Chi Omega presented "The Nightmare Before Christmas," Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Pi Kappa Alpha delivered a romantic take on the hyper-masculine "300," Phi Kappa Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma did "West Side Story," and Sigma Phi Epsilon and Delta Gamma made the audience feel the love with "The Lion King."
In the singles category, Beta Theta Pi presented an original production about the trials and tribulations of writing a script in the aptly-named "Original Show." Delta Tau Delta, in their first show since rejoining the Greek community, did Mel Brooks proud with their rendition of "Robin Hood Men in Tights." Theta Xi reminded everyone who the jungle V.I.P.s are with "The Jungle Book." Continuing with the Disney theme, Pi Delta Psi gave the audience a taste of the Orient with "Mulan." Alpha Kappa Delta Phi performed an interesting dance routine, but was not part of the competition proper.
The awards ceremony was highly emotional. For the doubles category, "West Side Story" (Phi Kappa Theta/Kappa Kappa Gamma) took third, "The Lion King" (Sigma Phi Epsilon/Delta Gamma) took second, and "Chicago" (Kappa Delta Rho/Kappa Alpha Theta) took home the gold. For the singles, "Mulan" (Pi Delta Psi) nabbed bronze, Robin Hood (Delta Tau Delta) shot an arrow through second, and "The Jungle Book" (Theta Xi) was declared victorious.
In my opinion, the singles category was spot on. Jungle Book had a great set, good singing, and kept the audience laughing. Robin Hood was good but not great, and Mulan was alright. The doubles category was the one that apparently drama-filled.
Chicago was pretty good, featuring a pretty good set and definitely above average singing. However, in my opinion The Lion King was better. The sets were creative and visually impressive, featuring moving wildebeests and swaying grass. The singers did a great job of reproducing the feel of the movie and Broadway show without making it feel like a carbon copy. From what I heard at the show, the people who put on West Side Story felt slighted that they only got third.
In addition to being annoying simply for being a bit of poor sportsmanship, these sentiments are completely unwarranted. While the act was certainly well done, the singing wasn't amazing and the set less than stellar. In fact, unless you happened to be looking in the right place at the right time you didn't even see the final stabbing. Seussical could have easily taken third as far as I'm concerned.
Drama aside, all of the fraternities and sororities put on a very enjoyable production and raised a substantial amount of money for pancreatic cancer research. If this year is any indication, I'll be sure to attend next year's Greek Sing expecting a truly enjoyable experience.
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