Platt House’s signature Carnegie Hall showcase lights up New York City with an unforgettable night of talented student ensembles presenting song, dance, and comedy. The much-awaited event at this prestigious venue brings together students, friends, and family, reuniting performing arts alumni with their own fond Penn memories and often introducing them to newer groups who have emerged to dazzle Penn’s stages.
Applications are now open for groups to perform at Carnegie Hall this winter!
What is the time commitment? This event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd. Performers will be bussed to New York in the late morning and will return on buses late that evening. Please note that December 3-4 is also the last weekend of PAC shows. If your group has afternoon or evening performances that day, you may be ineligible to attend this year. There will always be next year! If you are not sure whether the timing of your show makes your group ineligible, please contact Platt House at email@example.com.
Your group members may also have other commitments conflicting with this date. Please poll your members for their availability before submitting your application. Keep in mind that Carnegie’s Zankel Hall limits us to 18 performers on the stage at a time, so larger groups might not be performing with their full membership.
What are the obligations of participating? The 5-7 groups who are selected for this event will be required to help market this so that their alumni, families, and peers are in the audience. This will be an active effort to develop contact lists and reach out to prospective ticketbuyers. Please read the application thoroughly and make sure your group is prepared to meet these responsibilities.
What are the COVID safety measures for the event? It is still too early to know what to expect for transmission rates, infection levels, and safety measures in December. However, the COVID policies will be aligned with both Penn’s and Carnegia Hall’s safety protocols. This past year, these included all audience members and performers presenting vaccine cards and performers presenting proof of a negative PCR test before the event.
When is the app due? The application for a performance slot is due Friday, July 1st. Please contact us as early as possible if your group may need an extension.
What if I have more questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on interest there may be an info session this summer. Follow our social media pages and make sure your group has updated PAC-Rep listserv contacts to make sure you stay in the loop.
A Toast to Dear Old Penn 2021
After a remote winter due to pandemic lockdowns the previous year, Platt House was thrilled to invite friends, family, and alumni to this gorgeous stage in safe, in-person celebration. A Toast To Dear Old Pen 2021 featured seven Penn student performing arts groups: Bloomers Comedy, Dischord A Cappella, The Excelano Project, Mask and Wig, Penn Dhamaka, PennYo A Cappella, and Onda Latina.
A Toast to Dear Old Penn 2019
Moving to the larger venue of Zankel Hall for the first year, A Toast to Dear Old Penn: Live from Carnegie Hall returned on December14 2019 to standing ovations. Eight Penn student performing arts groups, Bloomers, Counterparts, Penn Glee Club, The Inspiration, the Mask and Wig Club, Pan-Asian Dance Troupe, Penn Singers, and Strictly Funk took the stage for another evening of song, dance, and comedy.
A Very Quaker Holiday 2018
On a Saturday night in December 2018, Penn’s first Carnegie Hall showcase lit up New York City with an unforgettable night of song, dance, and comedy. Produced by Platt House’s Advisory Council and the Penn PARC Initiative, and hosted by performing arts alumn Lolita Jackson (E’89), the inaugural event brought together alumni, friends, and family to cheer on the featured student ensembles making their New York debuts. A Very Quaker Holiday featured Arts House Dance Company, Bloomers Comedy, Counterparts A Cappella, the Penn Glee Club, and the Mask and Wig Club.