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April 25, 2006
Contact: Ann Eversole, Student Success, (785) 864-4060.

KU announces winners, participants in 57th Rock Chalk Revue variety show

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LAWRENCE — Rock Chalk Revue, a student-run philanthropy and variety show, concluded its 57th year with three shows in March at the University of Kansas and presented its top awards.

“CinderEllie” won best overall show for Chi Omega and Phi Delta Theta. The show swept other production awards, including best use of costumes, best script, best use of sets, best interpretation of theme, best choreography and the audience-choice award, which was new this year and allowed $1 votes for a favorite show. Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Chi won best production award for the “Rockin’ the Boat” number in the show with the same name. Delta Gamma and Phi Kappa Psi won for best pre-show video for “In the Club.”

Since 1983, when Rock Chalk Revue designated United Way as its beneficiary, the campus show has become a major contributor, according to Ann Eversole, Rock Chalk Revue adviser and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. The revue’s 2006 donation will be presented to the United Way of Douglas County at the start of the campaign next fall. The record single-year Rock Chalk Revue gift was $52,000 in 2003.

In addition, KU students contributed 11,419 volunteer hours to about 30 United Way agencies as part of their Rock Chalk Revue contributions activities.

Lindsey Ross, Meade junior and member of Chi Omega, was named most community service-dedicated woman for contributing 153 volunteer hours. Alex Rock, Lawrence freshman and member of Phi Delta Theta, was named most community service-dedicated man for contributing 263 volunteer hours.

Nineteen organizations won group volunteer awards based on four levels of contributed hours per person. The gold award, recognizing at least 13 hours per person, went to Lambda Chi Alpha, which also was named most community service-dedicated organization with 13.49 hours per person. Phi Delta Theta won the silver award for per-person volunteer hours and was named most community service-dedicated organization runner-up with each member contributing 11.49 hours. Bronze award winners for an average 9-10.9 hours per person were Beta Theta Pi and Delta Gamma. Honorable mentions were Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Chi Omega, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Sigma Kappa, Phi Kappa Psi and Sigma Phi Epsilon and Battenfeld, Douthart, Grace Pearson, K.K. Amini, Margaret Amini, Miller, Pearson, Sellards and Watkins scholarship halls.

Other awards included
— Best original song: Chi Omega and Phi Delta Theta for “All I Need” written and composed by Chris Allen and Paul Lewis for “CinderEllie.”
— Best actress: Abbey Murray, Lawrence freshman and member of Chi Omega, for the title role in “CinderEllie,” the daughter of Cinderella and Prince Charming.
— Best actor: Will Russell, Wheaton, Ill., senior and member of Sigma Chi, for his role as William Jay Hawking, an ace crew member pretending to be a rich passenger/heiress suitor on a cruise ship in “Rockin’ the Boat.”
— Best supporting actress: Jamie Wilkerson, Omaha, Neb., senior and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, for Ethel, the bustling do-it-all wife of an aging fire chief in “Rising Heat.”
— Best supporting actor: Greyson Clymer, Prairie Village senior and member of Phi Delta Theta, for his Monty Pythonesque version of Prince Charming in “CinderEllie.”

KU students write and produce the annual satirical musical revue as well as fill leadership and fundraising roles and select a theme. This year’s theme was “Breaking Through.” Groups interested in performing in Rock Chalk Revue create scripts and submit synopsis notebooks and video presentations each fall to a panel of judges. The panel selects five shows for the revue.

Shows this year, in order of performance, were
— “Rising Heat,” about the selection of a worthy successor to the town’s fire chief, a choice between his ego-driven son or his better-qualified daughter by Kappa Kappa Gamma and Delta Upsilon.
— “In the Club,” depicting two wealthy battling families playing out their rivalry at a country club tennis tournament by Delta Gamma and Phi Kappa Psi.
— “Joes and Dolls,” about the everyday lives of a collection of G.I. Joe action figures and Barbie dolls whose domain is faced with a takeover attempt by stealthy outsider dolls by Kappa Alpha Theta and Beta Theta Pi.
— “Rockin’ the Boat,” a cruise ship adventure tale involving an heiress to an air-freshener fortune and a pair of prankster crew members who pretend to be wealthy bachelors by Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Chi.
— “CinderEllie,” the story of the quest for a husband for the daughter of fairy-tale parents Cinderella and Prince Charming by Chi Omega and Phi Delta Theta.

Students serving on the Rock Chalk Revue advisory board or in leading or director roles as well as individual award winners are listed by hometown, level, major, parents’ names, high school and Rock Chalk Revue achievement below.


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