By Zak Zeinert, Chief Photographer
For the men of McKinzie Hall, Friday and Saturday night will be evenings to remember as they perform McKinzie McMen: Men in Tights at the Freshman Follies. PJ Herb, freshman biology major from Houston, said he is not nervous to sing in such a performance.
“I’m excited,” Herb said. “It’s a funny act, and we’ll be wearing tights.” Since 1972, Freshman Follies has been a highlight of the beginning of the fall semester as freshmen work together to produce a show for the ACU community. “It’s been fun because you get to meet new people and do fun stuff with other people you don’t know,” Herb said.
Auditions, as well as interviews for co-chairs, began during the first week of school. Tom Craig, director of Student Productions, said rehearsals have been good so far.
“We have a great number of students involved this year, and they’re really pulling their acts together; it’s been funny and entertaining,” Craig said. Craig said at least 500freshmen are participating.
The performances will range from large group acts to solo routines. The theme of this year’s production is “iFollies: ACU Freshmen Get Connected,” referring to the iPhones and iPod touches that were distributed to all freshmen at the beginning of the semester.
“It’s a common theme that runs throughout the whole show,” Craig said. “The show is centered around how students are connecting to ACU through technology.”
Four co-chairs will act as the hosts for the show: Amy Archer, freshman nursing major from Pflugerville; Hailey Clinton, freshman public relations and advertising major from Keller; Jeremy Moore, freshman musical theatre major from Mesquite; and Lezli Parrish, freshman math education major from Levelland.
Each co-chair applied and went through an interview process at the beginning of the semester. “We had several students apply, but going through the interview process, we were able to pick four people that we thought would work well together and make things happen in a quick and organized fashion,” Craig said.
For PJ Herb and the rest of the participating freshman class, Freshman Follies will provide them with memories that might last a lifetime.
The show will take place in Cullen Auditorium, and performances are scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10.
For more information, students can visit www.acu.edu/follies or contact Tom Craig,
director of Student Productions, at 674-4864.