By Mallory Schlabach, Editor in Chief
More than 30 seniors will perform in Sing Song for their final time this weekend during the “Shift Into High Gear” themed event with the senior class. Some have split time between club acts and class acts, others have participated in the class act each year – relishing memories shared with classmates.
“I’m really going to miss it next year,” said Jared Brockington, senior biology pre-med major from Friendswood. “I think every year I’ve been in the class act, I’ve met new people. Even though you perform with the same class each year, it seems there are always people that join that you never even knew were your age. Some people showed up for practice that I thought were juniors and seniors. It was neat to be able to connect with them.”
Brockington said the senior class act is fun because it’s not taken as seriously as club acts.
“It’s so fun each year,” he said. “I think that’s why I’ve done it all four years.”
For Evan Woods, Sing Song has been a chance to integrate his love of music with his classmates. Woods, senior music education major from Fleming, Ohio, has been either director or “the music man” for the past four years for his class acts.
“My freshman and sophomore year, I was the music guy for everything,” Woods said. “I helped write lyrics and arranged the music.”
He said for his junior year, the class decided on “Noah’s Ark” for the theme, and he stepped up and became director.
“I’ve been able to build friendship though Sing Song that I might not have otherwise,” he said. “I met my roommate for the past two years through Sing Song, and if you ask the people involved, Sing Song is a blessing to many people; it really is.”
This year the seniors involved in the class act will perform as barristas at Starbucks who realize they are addicted to coffee and need to go to Coffee Addicts Anonymous.
Woods said the lyrics, music, costumes and choreography are solid this year.
“We might be a little smaller than we had hoped to be, and we only have five guys, but I think we have a strong act,” he said. “This is definitely our strongest act as a class. It’s the most creative and the funniest one we’ve done before.
“I think we actually have a good chance of winning this year. The competition seems fairly even this time, and there isn’t one class that really sticks out as the winner,” he said.
Tiffany Polnisch, secondary education major from Baytown, joined the class act this year because she wanted to join in on the tradition of Sing Song.
“Sing Song is a good tradition to get involved with at ACU,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of the class act because there is more involvement between the members – with both guys and girls – and it’s not as serious. Our act is funny, and it’s nice to be able to represent our class.”