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Greek performance Maysing adds rehearsals and planning

Maysing is known for slurred song parodies and stumbling skits, but organizers hope to add a veneer of professionalism this year with an extra dress rehearsal and focus on advanced planning.

“We’re hoping that because people are working on it for longer time, they will be encouraged to take a little more pride in their act and control themselves a little more,” said Matt Winters, Maysing chairman.

Winters is president of the Order of Omega, a Greek honor society that hosts Maysing. Sororities are paired with fraternities for the annual event, which takes place Wednesday night at Cahn Auditorium. In the past, the scripts — when scripts were written at all — were often raunchy commentaries on Greek life.

This year, participants turned in a list of their songs and skits ahead of time. A second rehearsal also was added to encourage advanced planning.

But participants said the extra measures were designed to improve the show, not censor it.

“It’s not like they’re dictators and they cut out stuff or are censoring us by any means,” said Speech sophomore Kristi Robles, who is organizing the Phi Kappa Sigma-Delta Delta Delta entry this year.

Jackie Holschen is coordinating the Delta Tau Delta-Delta Gamma entry. She said the additional planning should improve the performances.

“I think it’s going to make the show better,” said Holschen, a Weinberg sophomore. “Any time you’re put on a schedule like that, you have to do more work in advance.”

Winters said participants weren’t initially thrilled at the prospect of advanced planning, but in the long run it’s beneficial.

“Once they’ve been forced to do it, it’s fun,” said Winters, a Weinberg junior. “It’s another week they have to rehearse and have fun, so I don’t think anyone’s against practicing more.”

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