Though still 11 months away, the co-chairs for ACU Sing Song 2015 have been chosen.
Zeke Morgan, Amy Sloan, Brance Armstrong, Ashley Crisp, Kirk Farrell and Cheyenne Rawlings represent the new team of students involved in the year-long process of organizing one of ACU’s annual traditions.
“When Tom Craig told me that they wanted me to be a co-chair, I may have squealed,” said Cheyenne Rawlings, junior marketing and management major from Houston. “It was not my most professional moment, but I was super excited and couldn’t wait to get started.”
Sing Song co-chairs are responsible for organizing in three areas: upstage, downstage and production.
“Last year, I worked on the downstage production staff and had a blast,” Rawlings said. “It was during my time working downstage that I began to consider being a co-chair.”
This year, Rawlings is working in the production area. This role includes all business aspects of Sing Song, such as ticket sales, ushering the crowd to their seats and controlling the flow of traffic on and off stage. Preparing for this is no easy task.
“It will involve countless hours, hard work, occasional anxiety and lack of sleep, but it is to be expected when you are putting on a show as large as Sing Song,” Rawlings said. “I feel incredibly blessed to have gotten this opportunity to work Sing Song, and I look forward to working with everyone to
put on another fabulous show next year.”
Amy Sloan, sophomore advertising and public relations major from Houston, will be in charge of upstage production with Zeke Morgan.
“I became interested in being a co-chair pretty soon after I got to school,” Sloan said. “I was a freshman follies co-chair, and I fell in love with student productions, the processes and all the details that go into making a show a success.”
Planning Sing Song 2015 begins right away for these six co-chairs.
“We will start brain storming ideas about the show within the next week,” Sloan said. “We will also talk over the summer. Once we get back in the fall, we will hit the ground running.”
Tom Craig, director of student productions, helps select the group of co-chairs through an interview process and is a big part of making Sing Song possible each year.
“Sing Song is a huge enterprise,” he said. “Students coordinate all aspects and all elements necessary to make Sing Song happen.”
The co-chairs will be responsible for everything from planning and conceptualizing the show, to marketing the show and selling tickets. They also coordinate practices and rehearsals, as well as transform Moody Coliseum into a concert venue.
“Being a co-chair is very much like having an internship, and the experience you gain is invaluable,” Craig said. “They will learn things that help you communicate, become a team player and understand the dynamics of how people work together.”
Craig said Sing Song is one of those events where everyone comes together to make something great and create memories and relationships that last for years to come. Sing Song draws 8,000- 9,000 people to campus and involves over 1,000 students every year.
Craig said he is excited about the new group of co-chairs and looks forward to working with them.
“The greatest thing about working with students is watching the creativity and ingenious ideas they generate year after year,” Craig said. “Theses ideas translate to the Sing Song stage, and it blows you away. It’s what makes this job fun and exciting.”