Homecoming Variety Show

McKendree’s Got Talent - Lip Sync and Variety Show (Auditions, Sunday, October 2 at 6pm – location PAC 220, Show – October 13 at 8:30pm in The Hett

This event is open for both Bearcat Award Teams and individuals not part of the Bearcat Award Games.


1. All Bearcat Award teams will participate in the Lip Sync competition. Entries from Registered Student organizations, student clubs, and Residence Halls must include only members from the respective group. All must be current & full-time undergraduates at McKendree’s Lebanon campus.
2. All groups and individuals who wish to participate in the Lip Sync and Variety Show competition must submit their entry by the October 2 audition. Here, teams and performers will randomly be ordered and given song selection preference through lottery. Each group for Lip Sync should prepare a list of up to 10 songs that they may perform to. This is necessary as duplicates will not be allowed in the event. The event is limited to a maximum or 20 acts. Should we have more than 20 acts, Bearcat Award teams will be given first priority and non-Bearcat Award groups will be entered into a lottery for participation.
3. Each Team will be allowed a maximum of 12 participants during Lip Sync – no exceptions.
4. Due to the expected response, the time for performance is limited to a total of 7 minutes.
5. Each group or performer MUST attend the Audition/Review on October 2. Each group must submit 2 copies of their performing songs/snippets as well as the script and organization introduction at the Audition/Review for staff purposes. This is the CD that will be used the night of the show.
6. Basic sound and lights will be provided for the final competition.
7. There will be no sound checks. The final order of performers will be random.
8. For the final competition, each group will have a total of 7 minutes to set up, perform and break down (6 minute song selection, song and/or snippet) After 7 minutes, 5 points for every 15 seconds will be deducted from the team’s final score.
9. NO Helium Balloons are allowed. There is no throwing/tossing anything during your performance (powder, glitter etc.)
10. All props MUST be removed after the event!! If a group leaves any props behind further deductions will take place and possible disqualification may occur.
11. The drinking of alcoholic beverages before your group’s audition or performance is prohibited. Any group or individuals who are obviously under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering drugs will be disqualified.
12. Additions and clarifications in regards to mitigating performance risks for Lip Sync. In an effort to help make Lip Sync a safer environment for performers, we have identified some high-level risk activities that we ask you refrain from incorporating into your performance. These additions are not new for this year, but in an effort to help provide clarity to the types of maneuvers your team should avoid, we’ve created guidelines. While we understand every team wants to put on the best performance possible, a higher risk maneuver does not equate to a higher score.
1. As these performances are on a wood floor (with covering) – a stunt that incorporates a toss should not be allowed. Additionally, anytime a person may become inverted, they should not be doing so over a person or prop.
2. For safety purposes, anytime a person is being lifted vertically, it should be done by two people (one per each foot – these people are known as bases) and a spotter should be behind the person being lifted to protect the neck and head. Bases must use both hands, should never be holding anything else (props, etc.), and should stay in contact with the person through the dismount. Lastly, bases should never lift a person higher than chest level
3. Judges will be given all of these rules and will be told to make decisions accordingly.
13. Performers will be judged on the following criteria:
1. Originality/Theme Representation (theme creativity, costumes, props etc)
2. Routine (dancing, togetherness)
3. Professionalism (how the group presents themselves-sportsmanship)
4. Lip Syncing
14. Lip Sync is meant to be an event that all members of campus can enjoy. Please refrain from using songs that contain explicit language in your performance.

Other Types of Performances Allowed (Non-Bearcat Award Participants):
1. Live Music Performance
2. Solo or group
3. In the above category, the majority of performance is live, no pre-recorded music will be allowed, except in the form of an instrumental accompaniment.
1. Novelty/Skit
2. Comedy, Magic, Drama, etc.
3. No vocal/instrumental (live) music performances will be allowed in this category except for background music or as necessary to the plot of the skit.
1. Dance/Lip Sync
2. Solo or Group
3. No live narration
4. Emphasis on performing to recorded music

Feel free to contact cabtraditions@mckendree.edu with any questions or concerns.

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