Senior English major Brittany Cook provides a behind-the-scenes look at the annual – and successful -- Greek Sing event, held Saturday in Seiberling Gymnasium.
I love Greek Sing. There. I said it. It's one of my favorite events for those of us who are Greeks. I look forward to it every year, and I am sad when it's over.
I've been lucky. Along with my sister, I have had the honor of arranging not one but two of the Euglossian Society Greek Sing routines in the three years that we have been active. Our first year we did a take on the hits of the ’90s, and this year we have tried to encompass 50 years of Broadway musicals into a 10-minute show.
The annual tradition has recently become the main feature of Parent/Family Weekend at Heidelberg. A large number of alumni and parents come campus to participate in one of the biggest events of the year and support their family and friends.
Greek Sing occurs in the fall semester of each year, sponsored by Heidelberg’s Greek Council. Each group prepares about a 10-minute musical program including singing and dancing—although in years past, groups have done story time and full rock band tributes.
Greek Sing is not a competition; instead, it is a charity event. Each year, a free will donation is collected during the event and the proceeds go toward the charity of Greek Council's choosing. This year, Greek Sing raised funds for FACT, or Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment. FACT is a nonprofit organization that assists Seneca County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer. The agency provides funds for the payment of medical-related bills, including medication and treatment. This year, Greek Sing raised more than $1,800 dollars for FACT between donations and a 50/50 drawing.
Although Greek Sing was early this year—a month earlier than normal—we still threw together a fantastic show that I'm pretty proud of. To start the project, we had to discuss and plan the majority of the show before school even started. My sister, Brianne, and I cut together the music before July and had the choreography finished before August. Now, this could be a good or a bad thing; when we finally taught the program, we kind of forgot things as we went, but luckily, we had it all written down.
We had eight hours of rehearsals for Greek Sing per week, and often, we would only have half the group at a rehearsal at a time because of classes and other commitments. This proved to be a challenge. We would have to teach and re-teach much of the choreography on any given day. We knew we just had to be patient, though; by the end, everyone knew what they were required to do, their places, and what props they needed for the show (tutus included!).
Some of the highlights this year included the conclusion of the banana saga by the men of Rho Eta Delta and “The Way It Used to Be,” a Barbershop-type presentation by the men of Excelsior, who were accompanied by Dr. Paul Mayhew on piano. I’m proud to say that I think people will remember the Euglossian Society as well. The theme of musical theatre hadn’t been done in our time, and we definitely had a lot of fun with it. There were many laughs included along the way, especially for the Eugs’ rendition of “Feed Me, Seymour” from “Little Shop of Horrors”.
Thanks to all the Greeks who performed this year, and a special congratulations to those who arranged the program for their respective Greek societies and fraternities: Tess Gerber and Adrienne Gabriel; Sia DuFour, Haylie Robinson and Jennifer Behnken; Elle Dutton and Amanda Conley; Jake Slaback, Jeff Gordon, and Mike Kenney; David Fales; Brittany and Brianne Cook; Geoff Clay; Mike Landeros and Dave Eisenberg; and Nick Knoblauch. We also owe a lot of thanks to our presenters: Adam “Train” Hine, T.J. Wasserman, Dakota Thorn, and Carlee Mefferd. Special thanks go to Kathryn Quilter and David Fales for making the program run smoothly, along with Lauren Austin Smith, Alexa Crase and Mark Zeno.
For the Eugs, we like to have fun with Greek Sing. It’s not always about how good the choreography looks or making sure that everything is perfect, but the fact that we have smiles on our faces and that everyone leaves with a laugh. In the end, it’s always for a good cause, and this year we were able to donate almost $2,000 to people in Seneca County who can benefit from it. That’s how I know that my hard work went to something worthwhile, and I can’t ask for a better feeling of accomplishment.