Freshman Follies, a freshman-only family weekend production, will take place in Cullen Auditorium on Friday and Saturday with three men’s acts and 10 women’s acts.
This is the first Freshman Follies coordinated by Nick Tatum, director of student productions, since he accepted the position last fall. Tatum made several changes to restructure the production.
Tatum said these changes were made in order to give Follies a more professional appeal. The budget was realigned to provide more money for lights and staging and are new restrictions placed on participating groups.
“Basically before it’s been like, ‘you can do anything you want,’ but this year we are only letting groups do lip sync and dancing,” Tatum said. “So they can’t use their own voices, they can’t do a skit–we just want it to be streamlined.”
Follies groups were also restricted on the use of Disney themes or songs and “ring by spring” references.
Tatum said there have also been changes in the format of the leadership team. Previously, the team consisted of five or six student directors, but this year there are 13, with three intern supervisors.
“Freshman Follies is kind of chaotic because a lot of it happens last minute,” Tatum said. “That’s just the nature of the beast because it’s freshmen and that’s such a short time period. It’s a lot of work.”
Follies is on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at acustupro.com/tickets