I am writing in response to the article entitled “Follies too serious to be entertaining.” First off, I would just like to say that I completely agree with what was said; Follies was too melodramatic and drawn out this year. But if anyone has complaints or feels the need to criticize, I would like to advise them: do not blame the freshmen.
My floor’s lyrics were sent back completely scratched out saying that they needed to be re-written. We had about two hours to work on our new lyrics, and not very long to come up with new choreography. After our first run-through, we were told that we needed to re-do our entire show. Our floor was in the lobby until one in the morning re-working everything. We were not allowed to talk about anything related to ACU, Abilene, or being a freshman, thus defeating the entire purpose of Freshman Follies. Whether or not the person who we consider responsible for this had a higher level to answer to I do not know. All I know is that we were forced to comply with a number of ridiculous rules. My floor was not the only group to suffer; other groups such as McKenzie’s “Zorro” were forced to change their act several times, even between performances.
Because we couldn’t talk about the things that actually pertained to us, we lost interest and had very low group morale. The large chorus had fun goofing off on stage, but as I have come to understand, it was not very fun to watch. We also were unaware of the darkness to light themes, as categorized in the program, which in my opinion were unnecessary. My parents were not here to discover if they really do have a facade, they just wanted to see my friends and me and know that we are adjusting well.
How do you think we felt when we got a less than positive reaction towards the production that we bent over backwards for? All we wanted was a lighthearted show, not a mini and bad version of Sing Song.
freshman undecided major from San Antonio