SHADES has stepped up its game this year by including new lighting, gender dynamics, pumped-up music and a spiritual aspect.
SHADES will perform “SHADES Secret Mission: The Heist,” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Students can buy tickets in the Campus Center at various times or from SHADES members.
The show centers on a bank robbery. Two different teams, Team Broke and Team Money, will battle against each other to rob a bank and steal money before the other team.
SHADES captain and treasurer Destiny Hagood, junior photojournalism major from Los Angeles, said the show will include four guest performers. After the guest performances, each SHADES team performs five dances routines and seven to eight dances.
This year, SHADES has combined men and women on stage for their performances. In years past, the performances were either only men or only women.
“There was no mixture because we wanted to have them separate,” Hagood said. “But now this year, we’re trying to do something new and have everyone do things together.”
Catrina Bailey, SHADES member and sophomore design and technical theatre major from Riverside, Calif., said that a few years ago, men and women would not see each other until the show.
“It used to be guys and girls wouldn’t even practice together,” Bailey said.
Another change audiences can expect in this year’s show is the lighting used in the production.
Hagood said the new lighting, compared to the older lights previously used in Cullen Auditorium, is more up to date. Older lights had to be positioned manually but the new lights rotate and have different designs and shapes.
“We’re using totally different lights; different everything,” Hagood said. “We went out on a limb. We used a lot of money to make this better for ACU’s student body.”
Hagood said she would like to see different reactions to the show this year because of the integration of new elements.
“I want them to be blown away because we’re doing something entirely different,” Hagood said.
Bailey said this year’s show also incorporates more instrumental music with more beats than in previous years.
Some of the songs SHADES will step to include Whip My Hair by Willow Smith, a rendition of the Inspector Gadget theme song and He Wants It All by Forever Jones, Bailey said.
The team will also perform a spiritual dance to the song He Wants It All , which was not part of the show last year.
“This year, we’re making sure that we know that we’re not stepping for us; we’re stepping for Him,” Hagood said.
Hagood said the show lasts just over one hour.