After winning their first Sing Song title in club history last year, the women of Alpha Kai Omega are once again practicing choreography, decorating costumes and singing their hearts out.
Kylie Hanna, senior English major from Vancouver, WA, is the director of the Alpha Kai Omega Sing Song act. Hanna said the act has about 75 girls participating.
Alpha Kai’s act last year caught the audience’s attention with six costume changes. Hanna said they wanted to do something different this year.
“We felt like that was something we did and we didn’t want to do that again, so we decided to go in a different direction,” she said.
This year the club will be portraying the life of a T.V. remote control.
Hanna said she didn’t think about becoming the club director until she was approached with the offer. She said, as director, there have been many good moments.
“The moment that the music finally clicked for the girls was really awesome,” she said. “Just the realization of it all coming together was really awesome, and I couldn’t do it without the girls because they have been so encouraging the whole time, and it’s just been really great to work with these girls.”
Lydia Miranda, sophomore elementary education major from San Antonio, is participating in Sing Song for the first time. She said her first Sing Song experience with Alpha Kai has been “awesome.”
“Everybody said I was going to be tired,” she said. “I’m not feeling it yet; that’s probably going to change this week. I’m sure I’ll feel it later, but it’s been a lot of fun.”
Miranda said she chose to participate in Sing Song because she has been involved in music her whole life. She said her grandfather directed several Sing Song shows and she grew up going to Sing Song. She said she is “excited to finally be a part of it.”
Rachel Easley, junior psychology major from Belton and president of Alpha Kai Omega, said last year’s victory was one of the best moments of her life.
“I still get goosebumps thinking about it,” she said. “We actually just went and watched the video like, three times last night, so I still think about it all the time. Good times.”
Because of the victory last year, Easley said she feels Alpha Kai has a lot to live up to this year.
“It was such a great experience,” she said. “I think one of our big goals is just to be competitive and to be proud of our act and to glorify God through that. So that’s going to be our goal and our mission and I hope we have a lot of fun up there, but it’s definitely intimidating following last year, but I am really excited and looking forward to it.”
Abigail Talley, junior biology major from Tanga, Tanzania, and vice president of Alpha Kai Omega, said she is excited because this year’s act is different from the winning act last year.
“Even though we have good memories from last year and winning, it’s really exciting, this new act and new director. I think people do have high expectations, but I think that’s a good thing because that’s making us work harder this year.”
Talley said this year’s act is coming together well.
“It’s always chaotic and you kind of panic when it’s the last practice and it’s like, ‘Oh my goodness we don’t have this.’ But it’s all coming together really well and I’m very very excited about the end result.”