Greeks compete to out-sing each other in Campus Activities Council event
Ty Johnson, The Oklahoma Daily
Sororities and fraternitites are joining forces to sing their hearts out again for Campus Activities Council’s annual University Sing musical show.
Each fall, sororities and fraternities compete for which house has the best singers and performers.
The theme of this year’s show is picture perfect.
“We encouraged acts to choose a picture from an OU yearbook and tell a story about the people in the picture,” vocal music senior Elvie Ellis said.
With this information, student organizations paired up and picked directors, and their directors began drafting scripts and songs for their act. Fast-forward through the summer, and the 12 acts that had decided to participate began practicing for auditions. The acts perform one acapella song, one choreographed song and another song with limited movement and minimal dialogue to convey their picture, Ellis, vice-chairman of act relations, said.
In U-Sing, sororities and fraternities work together in pairs or groups to come up with their own individual theme that will coincide with the overall theme of the show.
Each act usually has a chorus of about 36 people with three to five lead characters that tell light-hearted stories with a happy ending, Ellis said. After auditions, six acts are chosen to move on to the big show in historic Holmberg Hall, Ellis said. The acts that move on get six more weeks to prepare for performances during Dad’s Day Weekend.
Participants have put in countless hours of rehearsals for several weeks.
“Immediately after tryouts, we learned who all made it and began practicing right away,” University College freshman Marissa Dodson said. “We practiced for eight hours every week, and then the week of the show it is more like 15 hours per week. Going into U-Sing, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect and had no idea of the time commitment it would be, but it truly has been such a great experience, and I would do it all over again.”
U-Sing is one of the best ways for freshman pledges to get involved with their houses and OU tradition, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority member Dodson said. “I have developed a special bond and friendship with not only my pledge class but also with the Sig-Ep boys,” Dodson said. “I owe these invaluable friendships all to U-Sing.”
U-Sing performances started Thursday and will run through Saturday. Winners of the show will be announced Saturday night.
“We are really excited about and proud of all of the acts in the show this year, and although there is going to be some fierce competition, we on U-Sing Exec believe that it is more about having fun with friends and celebrating one of the [oldest] traditions at OU,” Ellis said.