CMU School of Drama

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Greek Sing

The Tartan Online: Throughout the year, 17 of Carnegie Mellon’s fraternities and sororities competed against each other to raise the most money for Pittsburgh’s chapter of Camp Kesem, a charity program that “operates free summer camps for children who have been touched by a parent's cancer,” and to put on a 13-minute musical performance. Greek Sing has partnered with Camp Kesem for two years to help raise $150,000, and started off towards their goal incredibly strong with a new Greek Sing record of $100,522.53 raised in the first year.


Kelly Simons said...

I clicked on this article because it reminds me of my undergrad. Every year, the Greek houses on campus create an original musical from the ground up, including script, costumes, scenery, as well as one original song, and three other songs with new lyrics. They roll into KU’s road house for a week and tech, perform their shows and strike. The entire week is about 40-50 hours of work to put up their shows. I’m glad to see that CMU does something similar for charity. And the amount that they raise: more than $100,000 in the first year. It’s interesting to see that most of the shows are pulled from Disney and converted into musical form. To be fair, converting a Disney movie into a play isn’t the hardest task out there; basically the movies are one big musical with some dialogue thrown in. I’m glad that CMU is doing this great and fun for charity.

Ali Whyte said...

I commented on an article last week about the same topic, but I think this one really captured the entire event much better. This is likely due to the fact that the former was written the morning after and this one had some time to gather information and create a more coherent depiction of the event. I think this is a really awesome vent that raised a lot of money for a very well-deserving cause, Camp Kessler. I'm glad articles like this exist to showcase the reason why people put so much time and effort and money into this.I also found it particularly helpful that the author included the list at the bottom of all of the various awards, as I was present and honestly couldn't hear a few of them over the cheering of the different organizations. You could really tell that for those who did place, it was a reflection of all of the hard work put into the show, and for those that took home philanthropy awards, it showed all of the dedication to their cause.