To lessen the stress and chaos of preparing for Sing Song, some groups decided to turn practices into costume parties by encouraging students to dress up according to various themes.
Andrew Tate, freshman pre-med biology major from Abilene and director of the freshman act, was inspired by the junior Sing Song act to host themed practices.
“They have had themed nights since their freshman year. It seemed like a great way to get people excited to practice and have fun. Also, I wanted to help Zeke show off the depth of his closet.”
Zeke Morgan, freshman psychology major from Keller and communications director for the freshman act, was the brains behind each theme.
“I’ll admit, I was a little selfish when I was picking themes,” Morgan said. “I basically examined my wardrobe and picked themes that I could participate in and figured enough people could put something together for it to be fun.”
Freshman wore pajama, country and movie character costumes and 80’s style clothing during the theme nights. Morgan enjoyed the enthusiastic way freshmen participated.
“We thought it would be a simple and really fun way to add a little extra excitement to practices,” Morgan said. “It was really cool getting to see how everyone showed up. We typically started practice with taking pictures with each other in our costumes.”
Sigma Theta Chi has a tradition of theme nights that was preserved by Meredith Morgan, senior music education major from Arlington and director of Sigma Theta Chi’s act.
“We have done themed practices every year that I have been in club and I’m assuming for several years before then,” Morgan said. “It’s a great way to shake up the normal pace of rehearsals and allow the girls to have fun and be creative during rehearsals.”
The Siggies’ theme nights included a “Wild at Heart” night and a Harry Potter night.
“For Wild at Heart night, we asked the girls to be creative and dress like people they might meet at a firework stand, and for Harry Potter night they dressed as characters from the books,”Â Morgan said. “It may seem silly to have themed rehearsals, but it really helps to ensure that everyone is having a good time and gives girls an opportunity to be involved in rehearsals that may not have had another role.”