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April 8, 2024

Capitol Steps mocks politics to benefit Post Prom

A full auditorium of students, parents and community members enjoyed political satire at its best March 10.

The Capitol Steps perform in Boca Raton, Fla. The touring group performed at Whitman to benefit Post Prom. Photo courtesy bocamag.com.

Mocking the madness that is politics, musical comedic group the Capitol Steps chewed up people and events and spewed out hilarity to raise funds for Post Prom.

The Capitol Steps, which has been performing since 1981, satirizes political and current events by changing the words to well-known songs and performing humorous skits mocking timely issues. This is the 5th year The Capitol Steps has performed to support Post Prom.

As soon as the lights dimmed, the announcer drew hearty laughter with advice for the crowd in the event of an emergency:

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“Remain seated, stay calm and wait for Congress to adopt a plan,” he said.

A highlight of the evening was an act entitled “Greece.” Sung to a medley of tunes from the musical “Grease,” the skit poked fun at the bailout of the Greek economy. Performers impersonating German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Holland sang “Greece is Frightening” to the tune of “Greased Lightening” and “Hopelessly Devalued, It’s True” to the tune of “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”

One of the funniest skits was an updated rendition of “Lirty Dies,” which is filled with double entendres and humorous rhymes created by switching the opening syllables of successive words.

In honor of the group’s 30th anniversary, it concluded the night by cataloguing 30 years’ worth of political gaffes and scandals to the tune of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” with a song entitled “We Didn’t Start Satire.”

Audience members appreciated the wit and easily related to the popular tunes and timely material.

“It made fun of politics without having to say anything too offensive,” sophomore Sebastian van Bastelaer said.

Cast member Jon Bell, who impersonated President Obama throughout the evening, enjoyed the youthful energy of the well-informed audience.

“I enjoy a younger audience,” he said. “They get all the jokes, which makes our life much easier.”

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