By Madison Miller
With homecoming approaching, student organizations are gearing up for the much-anticipated 2014 Pigskin Revue.
Pigskin features the top eight acts of last spring’s All-University Sing ranging from ancient Egyptians to evil fairytale characters. Pigskin will take place during homecoming weekend at 7 p.m. today, 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, and at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The acts contain Broadway-style choreography, costumes and backdrops. The event is so anticipated that tickets are sold out.
Some groups started rehearsing for their performances during the first week of school. After the seniors graduated, the new members of each group stepped up to take their places and learned the act to perform on homecoming weekend.
“Sing is the concert and Pigskin is the encore,” said San Antonio senior Paige Foster, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. “It is not hard to be excited about such an incredible Baylor tradition.”
The first place act from Sing 2014, Kappa Omega Tau’s “The Battle Within,” was loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” With eerie red lighting and sharp choreography, this is the act that took home the first-place trophy and will be one of the most entertaining acts of the night.
Coming in second, Delta Delta Delta’s “Take Me to the Pyramids” act was a crowd favorite. All of the performers danced in matching wigs and costumes, sang the famous song “Walk Like an Egyptian” and stunned the crowd with their vast numbers on stage.
The routine won the costume division of audience choice, an award based off of the audience texting in their favorite acts for different categories such as costumes, backdrop, theme development and overall favorite.
“I am so excited to get to perform our act again because there’s nothing more fun that getting together as a chapter to sing and dance in an act we are proud of,” said Plano junior Janna Royal, a member of Delta Delta Delta. “We were fortunate enough to have amazing sing chairs that worked extremely hard to create an act we could be proud of. Delta Delta Delta is also full of members who are dedicated to working towards what we want and know how to have fun getting there.”
Third place went to Alpha Tau Omega’s “Scotland the Brave,” which incorporated many outstanding vocal numbers including one from the Broadway show and feature film “Les Miserables.” The battle scene held people’s attention at the end of this “Braveheart” themed act.
The other acts that are headed to Pigskin are Alpha Chi Omega’s “O, Sister Where Art Thou,” Kappa Alpha Theta’s “Happily Never After,” Pi Beta Phi and Phi Kappa Chi’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Kappa Sigma’s “How We Roll,” and Kappa Kappa Gamma’s “Running Wild.”
“We dedicated so much time and creative energy toward this act that we are honored to show Baylor one more time,” Foster said about Kappa Alpha Theta’s fairytale-themed act. “We took a familiar fairy tale and added a dark twist that no one saw coming. We didn’t just tweak a few details of the story, but rather created a fresh, new story with layers of complexity that kept the audience engaged.”
Not having to actually compete takes a lot of the pressure off, but she knows they will still try just as hard to live up to what they did in February and will have even more fun doing it, Royal said.
“Although Pigskin comes with its share of stresses, it is so much nicer not to compete and just appreciate our act and all of the hard work we put into it,” Foster said.
Royal said she is most looking forward to getting to spend lots of time with her best friends practicing for their act, and then getting to sing and dance her heart out on stage in Baylor’s long tradition of Pigskin.