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Archive for Monday, March 8, 1993

WINS AT ROCK CHALK REVUE

March 8, 1993

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"Off the Wall" came away with top honors in Kansas University's 43rd annual Rock Chalk Revue, KU's entertaining fund-raiser that benefits the United Way of Douglas County.

The skit, co-produced by Pi Beta Phi sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, was named best overall show Saturday night.

But the big winner is the United Way, which will reap $26,000 from the revue's proceeds.

Although this year's contribution is smaller than last year's, said Ashley Balch, the revue's executive director, "we're really excited for what we were able to get."

Two "Off the Wall" cast members also received individual awards. Ann Perry was named best female performer and Travis Houk tied as best supporting male performer. The production also was honored for best use of sets and costumes.

"Oh Noah," co-produced by Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and Beta Theta Pi fraternity, received several awards. Cast member Adam Mansfield tied with Houk as best supporting male performer, and Kelli Curtis was named best supporting female performer. The skit's song "Welcome Aboard" was named best original song.

Jamey Welch, a cast member of "A Hairy Situation," was named best male performer. The skit was co-produced by Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

In other categories, Gamma Phi Beta sorority and Phi Delta Theta fraternity were honored for volunteering the most hours of community service and Chi Omega sorority and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity for raising the most money in ticket sales.

Students contributed more than 16,000 hours in community service, Balch said.

The show, performed at the Lawrence High School auditorium, opened Feb. 25 and closed Saturday.

Last year's Rock Chalk Revue raised $43,000 for the United Way. This year total was down for several reasons, said business manager Aaron McKee.

"This year all our overhead went up considerably," he said. "There's nothing we can do about that. And last year we had a lot more donations in sympathy for Hoch." Rock Chalk had been staged at KU's Hoch Auditorium before it was severely damaged by fire in June 1991.

The revue's donation to the United Way could increase after payments for expenditures are completed. McKee said.

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