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Homecoming Talent Production brings out cast of characters

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 12:43 p.m. CDT; updated 9:46 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 13, 2011
Jacob Lenox practices his dance moves in the lobby of Jesse Hall on Monday before his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, performs its Homecoming skit.

COLUMBIA — Dressed up as characters such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Santa Claus and zombies, MU students showed up at the stage door of Jesse Auditorium on Monday evening for the 2011 Centennial Homecoming Talent Production.

In Talent Production, MU Greek chapters compete by performing skits no longer than 15 minutes, which begin with a 1 1/2-minute video introducing their themes to the audience. This year's theme is "Celebrations."

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The final scores of each skit are an average of all judges’ scores. Between every two skits, there are In-Between Acts in the form of solo performances, musical medleys, instrumental performances and dances. Talent Production will continue until Wednesday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m each night. Tickets are $10. IBA winners will be announced with the final results of Homecoming on Sunday.

“I’m excited to get on the stage and show everyone what we got,” MU sophomore Joseph Greenstein said in an old man’s voice. Greenstein played the role of a grandpa in a skit by Delta Chi, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Sigma Sigma Sigma  — A Very Jewish Christmas.

“And I’m gonna break a hip,” he said, proudly stamping his walking stick on the ground.

With a fake bleeding scar on her pale face, dark circles around her eyes and a worn-out blue witch dress, MU sophomore Skyler Still said she felt different from the other students preparing for the performances. Still, one of the dance directors for Delta Gamma’s Halloween-themed skit, helped design the costumes for all the dancers, choreograph the dances and cut the music for the skit.

"We really try to make it a more theatrical dance,” she said.

Delta Gamma's skit chronicles the journey of students on their way to a Halloween party at MU. As they walk through the woods, they are cursed by zombies and witches and must find a way to undo the curses.

To prepare for the Talent Production, participating MU Greek chapters had a weekend filled with skit rehearsals from Oct. 6 to Oct. 9. Practices stopped at midnight on Sunday and couldn't resume until 3 p.m. on the chapter’s preliminary competition day.

“You practice daily from Friday through Sunday and put in, like, eight hours a day,” MU senior Chad Evecett, a member of Phi Kappa Theta, said.

Kelsey Kaelin, an MU sophomore, helps out with costumes and back stage organization for Delta Gamma’s skit.

“We’ve been preparing it for so long, and it all comes out tonight,” she said. “It should be fun.”


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