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Varieties Lingo

Key Terms (that might be helpful to know!):

  • Exhibition – This occurs after Thanksgiving break, and is a chance for skits to display songs and plot. It is closed to the public and serves as a trial run for the pairings.
  • Pairings – The various Greek Houses (usually, but anyone can be involved) will be paired according to serenade preferences and numbers of participating members in the house
  • Patents – Skit plot ideas
  • Semi-Finals – Weekend in February in which each pairing performs twice on either Friday or Saturday. The top pairings will then move on to finals to compete for the top prize
  • Serenade – The process by which the houses rank each other to determine the pairs. The women serenade the men.
  • Skits - Pairings of Greek houses (usually, but anyone can be involved) who put on a 20 minute skit with five songs with original lyrics
  • Finals – The final show in late February, the best of the best
  • Varts – Short for Varieties

Positions on Varieties Committee:

  • Director - Oversees the planning and implementation of Varieties
  • Assistant Director – Assists the Director with logistics vital to the implementation of Varieties
  • Dramatics Coordinator – These individuals will assist skit pairings. There are usually 3-4 dramatics, they each are assigned one or two pairings and will go to practices, answer questions, give suggestions, etc.
  • Judges and Trophies Coordinator – This individual coordinates a panel of judges for each performance and coordinates with them so they understand how everything is working. They also take care of ordering trophies.
  • Emcees and Vignettes Coordinator – This individual coordinates and recruits emcees and vignettes
  • Public Relations Coordinator – Advertisements, press releases, etc.
  • Technical Coordinator -Works with pairings to organize lights & sound requirements
  • Stage Coordinator and Community Outreach - Works with pairings to organize stage requirements, and reaching out to residence hall and non-Greek participants to help them get involved. 
  • Sound Coordinator and Community Outreach - Works with pairings for audio requests and with MU staff to ensure audio requests are organized. They also reach out to residence hall and non-Greek participants to help them get involved. 
  • Spotlight Coordinator - This position is responsible for testing, setting up, and operating the spotlight for performances and rehearsals.
  • VC – SUB Varieties Committee, the group of students you will work with closely to produce this big event Vignettes – short skits, up to 10 minutes involving any type of talent (singing, dancing, bands, juggling, comedy acts, etc)
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