The year was 1995, and the theme was Turn the Radio On. The songs were radio hits from different decades, and the stage was a multi-tiered old fashioned radio.
Dr. Susan Lewis was the Sing Song director for that one year, but left that fall to have a baby. Now that baby, Barrett Lewis, senior management major from Abilene, is all grown up and a Sing Song host.
“It’s a full circle moment for our family,” Lewis said. “I always like to come to Sing Song. I’ve gotten to be a judge a couple of times. So that’s really fun. To really focus on how hard everyone has worked and the time and hours and how dedicated everyone is to it, I think it’s really fun.”
It was a year Gamma Sigma Phi, Ko Jo Kai and Freshman took home the top honors. Lewis described directing Sing Song as fun, but challenging, especially when the vice president for marketing – Sing Song was under marketing rather than student life at that time – asked her to make the show only two hours long.
“It was very fast paced,” Lewis said. “We minimized the time that we took from the upstage acts. But the hosts and hostesses we reduced, they wouldn’t sing the whole song. They would sing an excerpt from the song… Just [to] give the upstage acts enough time to trade out. That just made it so much more exciting. To feel the pressure of that time. It was a really good show; everybody did a really great job.”