Singarama is a springtime Lipscomb University phenomena during which students who generally do not intend to continue in theater past graduation dedicate insane amounts of time and energy to performing a musical with their friends (and have a complete blast doing it!).
The 51st production took place in Collins Alumni Auditorium this past week, with opening night Thursday and the last performance Saturday night. It was wonderful, tragic, fun and stressful all at the same time.
Participants are separated into three teams that must each develop an original 25-minute musical. These three casts then compete against each other in categories such as music, staging, theme and overall show (called “sweepstakes”). The results are decided by a panel of 18 judges. Each show includes an original storyline and eight chosen songs that further tell the story with accompanying choreography.
The Greek Life system on campus is heavily involved and the three groups are primarily made up of randomly selected, evenly distributed social clubs. However, Singarama is open to all students. Those not in a social club can choose to participate with whichever cast they would like.
Although I’m not part of a social club or majoring in any area that would justify spending six hours or more a night on a musical, I chose to join one of the groups.
While I didn’t fully realize the time commitment involved, I absolutely loved it. I sang and danced in three of the eight numbers and helped paint the sets.
The coordinator of the entire show, Sarah Keith Gamble, put it best when she said, “Singarama is about building relationships and a sense of community. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and to engage with friends in the fun and creative process of building a 25 minute mini-musical from the ground up, culminating in the collective sense of accomplishment the students feel when they get to perform their show in front of the appreciative Singarama audiences.”
I had a ton of fun spending time with my friends and making new ones. I felt that participating further formed my place here. Every day this place becomes more and more of a home.
Have you participated in Singarama or something like it? Share your experience in the comments below!