Chance Denman is pleased that his skit has moved from its formative phases in a friend’s grandfather’s basement to finally being performed live.
Now in its 60th anniversary year, Rock Chalk Revue is a show run by Kansas University fraternity and sorority members who perform musical comedy skits to benefit the Douglas County United Way.
Denman, a sophomore from Wichita, is a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and is one of his house’s directors for their skit, “Cast to Sea.”
He said it’s been fun working to create the performance — it has been in a work in progress since last September. Denman recalled the creative process that led to their basic premise.
Performed with Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, the skit chronicles a cursed sunken city whose residents need to complete three tasks to become uncursed.
“At first we came up with a city that had to be cursed,” he said. “We were like, ‘We need to go bigger.’”
And so, the underwater cursed city was born, and the idea was good enough to be selected as one of the five shows that will be performed for the final time tonight.
Kevin Campbell, a Leawood senior and member of Sigma Chi fraternity, is the executive producer of this year’s show.
He said it is an honor to be participating in a tradition that goes back to 1949, when the show was put on at Hoch Auditorium. In fact, 30 years ago, his father held the same executive producer role.
Campbell said he’s been involved with the show since coming to campus, and it will be one of his best memories of KU.
“You’re making lifelong friendships with those in the cast,” he said. “It provides those cast members in it with lifelong memories.”
Campbell said he is hoping this year’s performance will meet its goal of raising at least $60,000; it has already raised more than $52,000 based on ticket sales so far.
“It’s something I’m very proud to have my name attached to, and will always associate with it,” Campbell said.
After earlier performances on Thursday and Friday, today’s show is the final one for the year.
This year’s theme for the revue is “In the Nick of Time,” and tickets are still available for tonight’s performance at 7 p.m. at the Lied Center.