Every year, Seeples come together to poke fun at themselves, their professors and SIPA life in general. We call this event, “Follies,” which means “a lack of good sense or judgment; foolish behavior,” according to Merriam-Webster. Think of it as an episode of Saturday Night Light, but with a SIPA twist! On Saturday, SIPA hosted its umpteenth Follies, but it was the second year we held the event at the world-famous Apollo Theater, where some of the greatest talents have performed, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, and Michael Jackson. Today, the Apollo, presents concerts, performing arts, education, and community outreach programs, which makes it possible for our Seeples to perform on the same stage as some of their musical and comedic idols.
Unfortunately, photography is frowned upon at the Apollo. Nonetheless, I was able to snap a few photos (and videos) during the event. (Shh!) Don’t worry, I kept my flash off — as you can tell from the poor-looking stills below — so I wouldn’t disrupt the skits. While you might not understand all of the references, I hope you’ll still get a kick out of the images below. And who knows — maybe you’ll be writing your own skit in two years! Here’s a look at SIPA Follies 2016.
Want to see more? There are segments of Follies where the students prerecorded parodies of famous songs or perform general skits. Here are a handful of those video from the past five years.