By Casey Oliver
Six student leaders are singing a new song after the Office of Student Productions chose them to be the 2010 Sing Song hosts and hostesses Oct. 6.
The hosts and hostesses are Erick Carter, junior theatre major from Abilene; Kara DuBose, senior ad/PR major from Fort Worth; Erika Goldman, senior interdisciplinary major from Lakewood, Colo.; Alex Howard, senior youth and family ministry major from Henderson; Wade Huggins, senior Bible, missions and ministry major from Abilene; and Cassey Owens, senior finance major from Dallas.
Students tried out for different reasons. Carter said he hoped being a host would give him experience in his major.
“I auditioned because I had seen prior involvement within the theatre department from hosts,” said Carter. “Last year, I was a part of a tap number, and I got to see firsthand how much hosts contribute to the show.”
Since being selected, the hosts and hostesses have talked informally about song selections for the show, but those will not be finalized until the Sing Song retreat Dec. 11-13, Howard said. During the retreat, the group will also begin working on their responsibilities as hosts and hostesses.
“It’s our job to craft the show and get songs synched to give the best show possible,” Howard said. “We have to make sure we give the show 110 percent.”
Carter agreed with Howard but recognized the value of having fun, too.
“If I’m not enjoying myself, the audience won’t enjoy themselves,” Carter said. “I have to be on top of what I am responsible for to help the show move along.”
Carter said although hosting the show is important, setting an example and being part of the tradition is just as crucial.
“I want to be an example as a host for others who think they may want to get involved with Sing Song and be a leader,” he said. “It’s an honor to take on this role. To be chosen is a great privilege for me.”
For Howard, giving back to ACU is an important part of hosting Sing Song.
“ACU has been a really cool place to grow as a person,” Howard said. “Hosting is kind of a way to give back and is a great opportunity to represent the school that has done so much for me.”
Students can see the hosts and hostesses in action during the Sing Song 2010 show, “Name Fame,” opening Feb. 18 in Moody Coliseum.