On Thursday, Oct. 4, Shippensburg University held its annual Lip Sync competition in celebration of Homecoming Week.
The show opened up with masters of ceremony SU alumnus Sam Depree and current student Jean Martinez.
First up was Gage and the Lackhove Ladies, who delivered a high energy performance of Aqua’s “Barbie Girl.”
By the time Gage and the Lackhove Ladies were done the crowd was going crazy and ready for Chelsea Scomak’s tribute to Michael Jackson.
She gave M.J. a run for his money as she danced across the stage while “singing” along to “Billy Jean.”
Following Scomak was DJ Barkdoll, who slowed things down with The Script’s “Man that Can’t Be Moved.”
Audience members teared up at his soulful performance as he made his way down the front of the audience with his sleeping bag and sign in hand.
Following Barkdoll was Ben Woodward, also known as “Ben Yonc.”
He worked the crowd with his “Rocky Horror-esque” drag show performance of Lady GaGa’s “Born This Way.” Next was Andrew Fleming, who synched Blessid Union of Souls’ “Brother My Brother.”
The show got a little old school when Justin Mohn performed “Mack the Knife,” as made popular by Louis Armstrong and again by Frank Sinatra.
Justin pulled up a lucky member of the audience to dance with him during part of the song.
Seth Baker slowed things down once more with the Goo Goo Dolls’ “I’m Still Here.” His eye patch and pirate boots were a shout out to the Disney film “Treasure Planet,” for which the song was written.
Wrapping up the individual performances was Otto Wallenmeyer, who rocked out to George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,” complete with saxophone and an ’80s club appropriate outfit.
With the soloists out of the way it was time for the group acts.
First up were the Throwbacks, who performed “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
Next up was Fab 5, followed by Off-Constantly with their lip-synch of the Maroon 5 hit “Payphone.”
Act V, the fourth group act, brought Disney back into the show with “The Nightmare Before Christmas’” “Oogie Boogie Song.”
The show began to wind down with 5 Ringed Circus’ performance of Britney Spears’ “Circus.” They ended their song with “It’s Britney, Ship,” a Glee reference for those unfamiliar with the show.
The finale was an excellent mash-up of Devo’s “Whip It” and Reel 2 Real’s “I Like to Move It.”
The light-hearted songs, ridiculous, yet fun costumes and smashing choreography made In-Motion Dance Troupe’s finale worth remembering.
Two dance offs, one between several audience volunteers and the second between members of the Homecoming court entertained the audience while the panel of faculty judges determined the winners of each category (solo and group acts).
Gage and the Lackhove Ladies and Ben Woodward both went home with the $250 second-place prizes.
A drum roll was requested by the MCs before the first-place winners were announced, and the audience gladly provided one for them.
The In-Motion Dance Troupe easily won first place in the group category while Chelsea Scomak won in the soloist category. Both left the Memorial Auditorium with $500 and bragging rights.