AXO Lip Sync
Annual Skinfest Brings Laughs, MusicBy Pey-Hua Hwang
Sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega
April 25, 2002
Students braved freezing rain to fill the bleachers of the Johnson Athletic center for Alpha Chi Omega’s 14th Annual Lip Sync. The 15 acts included 12 competing acts and three acts done by the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega, several audience participation contests between the acts, and a local band which played before the acts started and at intermission. For Reasons Unseen featured strong guitar and clear live vocals unlike the “lip sync” which would follow.
The first half of the show kicked off with a spoof of “Hero” by Alpha Chi Omega and continued with show tunes, Missy Elliot and various medleys, as well as recurring sexual innuendo, random stripping, a “Hottest Guy at MIT” push-up contest, and a “How Well Do You Know the Logs?” competition. The highlight of the first half was a tightly executed dance under the title “Sync or Swim Part II: The Drowning,” which won the prize for Best Choreography.
The winner for Best Small Group was a clever parody of MIT students living in lab called “This Guy Goes to Lab.” The piece incorporated songs ranging from “Great Balls of Fire” to “Proud Mary.” The final prize winner from the first half (Funniest Act) was a modified version of “A Secretary is Not a Toy” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The Next Act skit made fun of Wellesley students and fraternities.
The second half began with yet another Alpha Chi Omega act. The brothers of Sigma Nu won Best Overall Act with their number, which was set to the soundtrack of the movie Pulp Fiction and had costumes, set changes, dance numbers, and even gratuitous fake blood. Upon winning, Howard F. Chan ’04 attributed the success to a team effort. “It’s great that we won best act. ... we couldn’t have done if it weren’t for all the efforts that all the brothers and friends of the house have put in,” he said.
Another impressive act and major crowd pleaser was Most Creative Act winner “It’s a Small World,” by Phi Sigma Kappa. “It’s a Small World” was a clever satire inspired by the controversy over the selection of James D. Wolfensohn for commencement speaker. The skit also paid tribute to Austin Powers and Mortal Kombat. “Basically the idea came from Lance Tamashiro in the wake of the commencement speaker decision because it upset a lot of people. He wanted to do a general parody/satire on the whole world and U.S. trade market,” said Chris J. Emig ’04. In their excitement, however, some of the brothers accidentally knocked down the scaffolding holding up the curtain behind the stage. The scaffolding was quickly repaired but not without cat calls from the audience.
Some acts that were not formally recognized also got positive audience reaction. “Wanted: Prince Charming,” done by the sisters of Sigma Kappa, was also cleverly packaged, displaying the stages of love through a series of dances to music ranging from Disney soundtracks to hip hop. A solo performance of “Adelaide’s Lament” from Guys and Dolls was also charmingly executed. If the category of most skin existed, however, the winner would not be “Hot Boyz,” the Dance Troupe-style performance given by the Alpha Phi 2005 pledge class, but “Luck be a Lady Tonight” by Phi Delta Theta freshmen, who ended the number wearing nothing but their boxers and tape on their backs that spelled out “Phi Delta Theta loves Alpha Chi Omega.”
Lip Sync was perhaps not a talent scout’s treasure chest. It was, however, a night of positive energy and a pleasant diversion from the usual Thursday night problem set crunch.