By David Soto
As Sing Song approaches, the Office of Student Productions begins its search for student hosts and hostesses once again.
Five to seven students are chosen from about 60 applicants each year, the majority of whom are women.
“The judges’ panel is comprised of people from the Sing Song professional staff, ACU’s Music Department and music professionals outside of ACU,” said Tom Craig, director of Student Productions. “They look for people with excellent voice quality and who have the ability to blend well with others.”
Auditions take two days to complete. The first night, each applicant has three and a half minutes to sing portions of two songs. The best are called back for the second round of auditions the following night. Callback auditions involve sightreading a piece of music and singing in various small ensembles, after which students are taken through a simple choreography routine, Craig said.
“Those auditioning should expect to perform for the judges as if they were performing to a crowd of 3,500 people,” he said.
Auditions will take place Oct. 5-6 in Cullen Auditorium. Full-time students with at least 60 hours, a grade point average of 2.5 or better and in good standing with the university – as interpreted by the dean of Student Life – may audition, according to the audition information sheet.
Those interested must sign up for an audition time slot by Sept. 30 and should plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to their audition time. The first performance of Sing Song, themed “Name Fame,” will be Feb.18.