Parodies play at Stage Revue

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon close their tale of the Cyclops with a dance.

HOUGHTON — The Bible, Grimm Brothers and “Jumanji” inspired Michigan Technological University-themed parodies at Thursday’s Winter Carnival Stage Revue Thursday night.

A near-sellout crowd watched performances from seven student groups: St. Albert the Great, Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, Sigma Tau Gamma and Theta Chi, Phi Kappa Tau, Delta Phi Epsilon, Guardians of the North and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

In keeping with the theme, “Myths and Tales of the Past, In Our Frigid Forecast,” skits mixed legends of the past with local topics.

The audience choice winner, Army ROTC, used the setup of the recent “Jumanji” movie, in which four friends get sucked into a video game as their avatars. Han Solo, Hermione Granger, Shrek and dungeonmaster Karl Marx (not that one, but still a Communist), trekked to the top of the “Redundant Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics Building of Redundancy.”

There, they found the mythical Blue Key, named for the Tech honor society that puts on Carnival — or, as the team called it, “a fun-killing disappointment.”

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette A Good Samaritan squares off against Canadians in a hockey battle in St. Albert the Great’s skit for Stage Revue Thursday night.

“Last year, we got completely screwed at Winter Carnival Stage Revue and lost to the Air Force,” Shrek said, taking off the ogre mask for a fourth-wall-breaking rant. “The Air Force? Come on. That’s like losing a presidential election when you have a 94 percent chance of winning.”

Other groups played off different tales. St. Albert the Great moved the parable of the Good Samaritan to the U.P. A man looking to rescue his wife from marauding Canadian hockey players is passed by a conservation officer and a trail groomer, but is picked up by an Illinois snowmobiler. He wins his wife back from the group in a hockey faceoff.

Sigma Tau Gamma joined with Theta Chi for the tale of Drunks-a-Lot and the Three Yoopers, in which pasties take the place of porridge.

In addition to Blue Key, students spoofed targets such as the Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercials, Fox News and, as always, its rival school in Marquette.

“It’s just lame you haven’t changed up your hair in a few decades,” one character said in Delta Phi Epsilon’s “Bachelor of the Ball” skit. “Dumb blonde is such an NMU thing.”

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Sigma Tau Gamma and Theta Chi do a Yooper version of the Goldilocks tale.

Megan Sprague was part of the stage crew for Delta Phi Epsilon, But she would have come anyway, she said.

“I thought some of the jokes were risky, but they really worked,” Sprague, a fifth-year geological engineering major, said of the night’s skits. “I wouldn’t have done them, but they worked.”

While the crowd left knowing the audience choice winner, the ultimate champion has yet to be revealed.

A panel of judges score the contestants on quality of acting and presentation, technical production and staging, originality, relevance to the theme, entertainment value and good taste.

Results will be announced at the awards ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette CIA officers encounter alien surgery in Area 51 in Phi Kappa Tau’s Stage Revue skit “Close Encounters of the Worst Kind” Thursday night.

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Seven campus groups at Michigan Technological University vied for first place in the Stage Revue Thursday night, including audience choice winners Army Reserve Officer Training Corps’s “Jumanji” parody.

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Delta Phi Epsilon performed a parody of “The Bachelor" at Thursday's Stage Revue.