Campus Lights, "the longest running student produced and performed musical in the South," was founded by the Gamma Delta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America in 1938. The show was originated as a fund raiser to pay for the fraternity's charter. After chartering the Gamma Delta Chapter, the brothers decided to continue the Vaudevillian performances as a means to raise scholarship money for deserving prospective music majors who would attend Murray State University. During World War II, the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota, Iota Beta Chapter, stepped in to "let the show go on" while the brothers of Gamma Delta went off to serve our country. Upon return from the war, a partnership emerged in an effort to keep the rich tradition that had begun with a concept called Campus Lights.
Today, the Gamma Delta Chapter and the Iota Beta Chapter continue to produce and perform shows. Campus Lights runs the last Thursday through Sunday of the month of January. Due to copyright laws, the organizations decided to perform musical theater works that are written by popular librettists and composers of our time. Recent performances have included: Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You, The Music Man, and, most recently, The Wizard of Oz.
All proceeds from the show are given to the Department of Music and every four years one outstanding prospective student is honored with a full four-year scholarship to attend Murray State University.
The brothers of Gamma Delta and the sisters of Iota Beta gladly welcome your attendance at this year's show! Ticket information may be obtained by contacting the Murray State University Department of Music at 270-809-4288.