It is not often songs from "Chicago," "Mary Poppins" and "Willy Wonka" are performed on the same stage in the same night.
This is what happened Friday and Saturday night as sororities and fraternities donned themed costumes and warmed their voices for the 82nd annual All-Sing.
All-Sing was created in 1932 under the name All-University Sing in order to familiarize students with university songs, according to the event's program. Originally, each group was required to perform UT's Alma Mater in addition to a song of their choice. The event quickly became a UT tradition.
To carry on this tradition, each group sang a set of combined songs falling under one theme, which ranged from Chicago to Disney. Their performances were then judged by "Jurors," made up of several UT graduates, employees and former All-Sing participants.
Delta Zeta and Sigma Kappa took away Best Single Performance – only girls or only boys – as well as becoming overall winners for the second year in a row.
Delta Delta Delta and Chi Omega as well as Phi Mu won second and third place in the singles category. Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Sigma won the mixed category.
Phi Mu was the first contestant of the night and performed a mix of the music from "Chicago." Their songs varied from "The Cell Block Tango" to "All that Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzled." These merry mistresses, as the program referred to them, even included red ribbon to imitate the red in the play and movie.
Next was "Song of the South," a nod to country music made by Delta Gamma and Alpha Gamma Rho. They took the stage with cowboy boots and some well-known country hits, such as Brad Paisley's "Country Music," Miranda Lambert's "House That Built Me," and, of course, Alabama's "Song of the South."
The show took a turn for the magical with Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Sigma's set, aptly titled "Beauty and the Beast." The costumes reflected Belle's world, and there was even a Gaston to show off his muscles. "Be Our Guest" and "Tale as Old as Time," were also part of the performance, prompting several audience members to sing along.
The release of "Saving Mr. Banks" made Delta Zeta and Sigma Kappa's theme of Mary Poppins all the more relevant. The group came out dressed as chimney sweeps, with a few wearing costumes of principal characters. In the front, the conductor also stood out in his striped suit that alluded to Bert's. They sang songs such as "Spoon Full of Sugar," "Jolly Holiday" and "Step in Time", during which the front row promptly broke into a tap number. The group ended with "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," which they spelled out with tongues and hands faster and faster until they reached their last note.
Chi Omega and Delta Delta Delta shimmied onto the stage to perform "Little Shop of Horrors," revolving around a man-eating plant, a deranged dentist and a girl named Audrey. They incorporated such favorites as "Skid Row" and "Don't Feed the Plants!" into their set.
Another group, Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Delta Theta, also took on a musical theme; theirs being the acclaimed "Wicked." They told the story of Elphaba and Glinda by starting with "Loathing" and "Popular," and wrapping up with a rendition of "Defying Gravity."
Elphaba's green makeup was comparable to that worn by Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Mu Alpha, who chose "Willy Wonka," as their theme. The majority of the group were dressed as Oompa Loompas with white pants, suspenders and bright orange faces. Of course, they warned against greediness between Wonka's periodical solos with "A World of Pure Imagination."
Other groups to perform included Alpha Omicron Pi and Delta Tau Delta with "Through the Decades," a gathering of hits from "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" to "Bye, Bye, Bye" as well as Pi Beta Phi's take on Justin Timberlake, with "Sexy Back," "Mirrors" and other favorites.
Also, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry's set composed of music used in the Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah movie, "Joyful Noise." Kappa Kappa Gamma and Beta Upsilon Chi closed the evening with their theme, "Disney." Their music ranged from "Under the Sea" to "At Last I See the Light" and "The Circle of Life."
Kate McGregor, a sophomore in nursing and a member of Delta Delta Delta, had more than one favorite.
"Obviously, my own sorority, but other than that, DZ and Sigma Kappa's, 'Mary Poppins,'" McGregor said. "They did really well."
Sydney Deaver, undecided sophomore, said she particularly enjoyed the Disney-themed performances.
"(I enjoyed) Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Sigma," Deaver said. "They did 'Beauty and the Beast.' I thought that was really good, I liked their costumes. I really liked when they did Gaston."
Hannah Simpson, an undecided freshman, was a member of the Delta Zeta chorus.
"I think we did really well," Simpson said. "But I heard that Tri Delt and Chi Omega were absolutely amazing."
McGregor said her sorority practiced three nights a week and had done so since the start of the semester.
"We practiced Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for two hours every week," Simpson said. "We had two rehearsals in December, and then we went the week we came back from Christmas Break on our regular schedule."
The awards ceremony can be viewed here.