Scope & Scalpel 2016
Although their campaign has concluded, if you would still like to make a donation to Scope and Scalpel, you may always do so here.
Who We Are
Founded in 1955 by a group of students looking for a way to share their unique perspective on the challenges of medical school, the Scope and Scalpel Society is comprised of fourth year medical students who are charged with writing, producing, and performing an annual musical show. Part roast, part parody, the show gives students the opportunity to reflect and celebrate their years at Pitt by turning a humorous eye to the triumphs and tribulations of medical education. It also brings out the hidden talents of our classmates, who make up the cast, crew, and orchestra. It is a fun camaraderie building tradition that we value, and hope you will enjoy with us as well!
About Our Project
In 1955, a medical student was doing research in a lab run by Frank Dixon, M.D. During a “gripe session” at a local pub, the two began to discuss the challenges at Pitt’s School of Medicine. As the discussion progressed, they introduced the idea of a class play. The idea was widely favored and was ultimately presented to the Dean, William S. McEllroy. He was as excited as the students and helped the growing group of over 50 medical thespians in their quest. On May 13, 1955, the premier Scope and Scalpel Society production, PMS IV, was performed to a sold out crowd at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theater. Since then, the show has grown in huge proportions. It has been the largest nonprofessional theatrical production in Pittsburgh and is the longest running annual theatrical production in this area.
This year marks the 61st production of the show and the Class of 2016 is working hard to make it a production you will not soon forget! Show times are on May 20th at 7 PM and May 22nd at 2 PM and will be at Central Catholic High School on Fifth Avenue (they have air conditioning!).
As medical students, much of our time is spent doing rotations or research. As fourth years, we are also frequently traveling for interviews, which leaves little time for fundraising. Although we are working on several events (bake sales, rent-a-med-student, etc), we are counting on this EngagePitt campaign for most of our funding. All money raised through this campaign will be used to cover production costs, including venue rental, costumes, props, set construction, program and playbill printing, etc. Our goal for this project is to raise $15,000 for the show. Any amount helps! We really appreciate your support, and hope to see you at our show on May 20th or May 22nd!
A breakdown of our budget:
Production (set, costumes, props, etc) - $6,000
Venue - $5,000
Tech - $2,000
Graphics/Promo (videos, posters, playbills) - $3,500
Storage/Transportation - $1,500
A Brief Glimpse of Prior Productions