Disney music fills Howard with childhood memories

December 15, 2010

by Sherelle Black, Staff Reporter

Nostalgic sounds filled Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts, as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc. and Sigma Alpha Iota performed songs from some of Disney’s most memorable movies.

The two fraternities collaborated Dec. 9 for the free production of “Disney Musicale,” where members presented the audience with songs from 10 Disney movies with a total of 12 musical selections.

The fraternities had discussed the Disney musicale for about a year, but they did not begin practicing until fall quarter.

Sabrina Olivares, president of SAI, said she was overjoyed at the opportunity to participate in the musicale with her brothers of PMA.

“The men of Phi Mu Alpha are our brothers, and we love them dearly,” Olivares, a senior music major, said. “So, when they invited us to participate with them in the musical last quarter, I knew we had to do it.”

Before each performance Olivares, who was the emcee, gave a quick overview of the corresponding Disney movie to lead into the song.

“Aladdin,” “The Jungle Book,” “Toy Story 2,” “Pocahontas,” “The Lion King” and “Hercules” were some of the featured Disney movies.

Each number was a solo or a duet except for “Go the Distance” from the movie “Hercules,” which was performed by a male quartet, and the finale, “Prince Ali” from the animated film “Aladdin,” which featured all the members from both fraternities.

Kate Corbin, a sophomore biology major, said she liked those numbers best because they did a better job at bringing back memories.

“You could tell in these performances that the people were enjoying performing, and that made it more fun for the audience to watch,” Corbin said.

Kaitlyn Wooley said she had the task of not only helping the audience relive their favorite childhood memory but also conquering her inner fears about performing on stage.

“I’ve performed plenty in the past, but I hadn’t done it in a while, at least not anything as intense as a solo,” Wooley, a freshman communication design major, said. “I had to re-conquer stage fright, but I’m glad I did. I loved it.”

Because the performers did not wear costumes and most numbers had only a piano to accompany the vocals, Corbin felt she did not receive the best reenactment.

“I would have liked more instruments accompanying the singing than just the piano in most of the songs,” Corbin said. “Some of them seemed a little too simple and didn’t remind me of Disney.”

Olivares said they intended to add extra things to each performance, but time did not permit for it.

“We had planned on having a slideshow of clips from each movie playing as we performed, but that was something we just couldn’t get thrown together in time,” Olivares said. 

“If we make this an annual musicale that is something we would like to see in the future.”

If it were to become an annual event some, like Corbin, said they would not attend unless more instruments were added.

“I would only go again if they had an orchestra,” Corbin said.

Along with helping the audience bring back some of their favorite Disney memories, getting some more exposure for the fraternities was also on the agenda.

“I hope that audience members had a wonderful time reliving some of their favorite childhood movies,” Olivares said. 

“I hope they had a chance to just sit and relax and enjoy the music. Hopefully, we sparked interest in some people to consider joining one of these fabulous fraternities.”

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