Alpha Phi and Alpha Tau Omega sing to first prize
Ty Johnson, The Oklahoma Daily
University Sing awards
•1st place Alpha Phi and Alpha Tau Omega for ‘Raise Your Voice’
•2nd place Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Phi Epsilon for ‘Summer of Love’
•3rd place Gamma Phi Beta and Beta Theta Pi for ‘On Top of the World’
Hundreds gathered Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center for the final sold-out University Sing performance and award ceremony.
The 64-year-old show was one of the main events for Campus Activities Council’s Dad’s Day weekend.
This year’s theme was “Picture Perfect.” Acts were challenged to choose a photo from around campus or in a past Sooner yearbook and tell the story of the photo in a 12-minute musical. The themes of the short plays ranged from flappers and mob money to space exploration. With catchy tunes and flashy costumes, the audience was tuned in the whole time.
Alpha Phi and Alpha Tau Omega’s act, titled “Raise Your Voice,” about students fighting back against a campus-wide pop music ban, won first place and was a crowd favorite.
In addition to winning the highest honor of the night, University College freshman Payne Parker, of Alpha Tau Omega, won the best actor award for his role as Stevie Turner. University College freshman Stephen Cabler snagged the best supporting actor award for his role as Stevie Turner’s lovable sidekick, Wendell.
University College freshman Chloe Voreis won best female lead for her performance in “On Top of the World,” and University College freshman Claire Cowman won the award for best supporting female character for her part in “Summer of Love.”
University College freshman Casey Callahan enjoyed the awards show most.
“It was great to have everyone come together after all the hard work we put in and just have a good time,” said Callahan, an Alpha Chi Omega member.
The show included six main acts and continuity acts — acts in-between performances that kept the audience laughing.
In addition to putting on the show, CAC took the opportunity to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network by setting out buckets for each act in the lobby and having audience members donate to their favorite act. CAC raised $3,156 for the charity, which was announced during the event.
Kylie Frisby, public relations sophomore and graphic design executive, was pleased with the way the show turned out. She said she felt everyone’s hard work had paid off.
“I was just so happy to have been a part of it,” Frisby said.