Greek Sing 2015 Doesn’t Disappoint, Features Everything From “Space Jam” To “Toy Story”
Greek Sing 2015 was Thursday night, and it brought together 19 groups of Penn State fraternities and sororities to put on dance and song routines ranging from “Toy Story” to “Space Jam.” Some shows were great, some were funny, and some were…well, people who weren’t singers or dancers but were there to have a good time. The best of the best was the production of “Grease” from Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Tau Delta, and Alpha Epsilon Pi, as the panel of judges declared them as the night’s winners.
The show opened with the male and female MCs stepping on to the stage cross-dressed, each satirizing the extremes of a stereotypical fraternity brother or sorority sister. Then, the real show started with “The Lion King.” It featured an even more G-rated takedown of Mufasa from Scar, then gave the audience a taste of the dancing it was in for. The next three performances were “Hairspray,” “Toy Story,” and “Mean Girls.” A highlight from that segment was during “Toy Story” and its transition from Kanye West’s “POWER” to the movie classic, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (there was a lot of juxtaposing between songs you’d expect to hear at a frat and Disney/Pixar songs, and it was awesome).
Next up were “Pitch Perfect,” “Space Jam,” “School of Rock,” and “High School Musical.” The first few acts of the night had solos here and there, but as the night went on more and more talent came to the forefront. It started with the soloists based on the hit a capella movie “Pitch Perfect” and continued through “High School Musical.” The section I sat in sang along gleefully, but was also quick to point out the upside “a” in the “Go Wildcats” banner.
Things picked up further as the show’s halfway mark was reached after “Footloose” and “Into the Woods.” While a few groups picked non-musical movies for the pop culture references that it could sneak in their shows, more picked strictly musicals for which they could sing and dance to the soundtracks. These were two examples of those, as the Kevin Bacon and Anna Kendrick-led films provided great fodder for their short, fun re-imaginings Thursday night.
The final two quarters were divided almost evenly into non-musicals and musicals. First were “The Great Gatsby,” “Anchorman,” “Elf,” and “Ouija.” Naturally, the stage began to look like a famous Gatsby Party when the set started, though things got even more heated when the next group used the fight scene in “Anchorman” as the perfect opportunity to dance to the Migos classic, “Fight Night.” Next up was Buddy and his elves singing Christmas carols, and then the most fascinating performance of the night. “Ouija,” the horror film from fall 2014, was a unique subject, and its approach was even more so. Rather than the usual small background props, a screen was set up that showed a projection of the film’s trailer while ballerinas danced in front of it, and it ended with one girl getting surrounded and swallowed up by demons, or spirits, or whatever the subject of the movie is.
Next up was the snub of the night. “Frozen” featured Elsa, Anna, and Hans being given significant roles in the short time they had to perform, and they were all legitimately good singers. Still, the judges didn’t even give an honorable mention, let alone want to build a snowman.
The last set of the night had some of the most talented individuals involved, either in choreography, dancing, or singing. First was “Step Up,” which probably had the fastest dancing of the night. Next were “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” which did justice to Disney. Finally, bringing it all home was “Grease,” featuring a John Travolta lookalike leading a talented cast through “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightning,” and “You’re the One that I Want.” The judges awarded them Best Leads and Best Overall soon after everything was done.
A two and a half hour show culminated with the best show for last, and everyone who attended, Greek or not, had a blast at one of the more unique and fun shows around.