University of Wisconsin-Madison students involved in Humorology raised over $120,000 for the Boys and Girls Club and United Cerebral Palsy of Dane County in 2016 and aim to raise $150,000 in donations for 2017. Humorology, one of the oldest traditions at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the largest non-profit student service organization in Wisconsin, raises money to support local youth organizations through providing an outlet for college students to direct, write, and choreograph short, competitive musical comedies.
Humorology, or “Humo” for short, is philanthropy organization that produces an annual juried musical/variety show that takes place at the Union Theater of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Each year, organizations, mainly sororities and fraternities, pair up to write, direct, and perform an original twenty-minute musical for friends and family. Throughout the course of the year, students dedicate over 200 hours rehearsing and fundraising.
This year Humorology selected Dane County’s The Rainbow Project to be their philanthropic partner. This specialized therapeutic program supports youth who have experienced trauma, such as neglect, sexual abuse, domestic violence and other causes. Humorology is proud to support an organization that promotes positivity and provides a unique treatment to the mental health of children of all ages.
“Humorology’s Philanthropic spirit continues to touch the lives of thousands of young children and their families,” said Sharyl Kato, Executive Director of the Rainbow Project. “We are grateful and blessed for this amazing opportunity to collaborate with such a talented and generous group of University of Wisconsin students.”
This year’s final show titled “When Life Gives You Lemons,” is being held on April 6-8th at 7PM in the Wisconsin Union Theater, where seven casts will compete to win “Best in Show.” Backed by a professional tech crew, Humorology has been equated to the caliber of an off-Broadway production that is fun for family and friends.
“Since 1948, Humorology has allowed students at the University of Wisconsin to sing, dance and act in college, whether they have previous experience or have never stepped foot on a stage,” said Humorology Public Relations Director Rebecca Haas. “It is an incredible opportunity for college students to continue their passion for the arts while also supporting organizations in Dane County.”