Freshman Follies will offer three showtimes this year rather than the usual four to give students and parents the opportunity take advantage of other Familty Weekend events.
Freshmen perform in Freshman Follies during Family Weekend each year. Showtimes this year will be at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Cullen Auditorium. In past years, one show has taken place on Friday night and three more on Saturday.
Tom Craig, director of student activities and productions, decided to change it this year because he determined most of the audience is able to attend one or more of the Saturday shows.
“We looked at making the change internally because we wanted students to be able to participate in as many activities as possible,” Craig said. “It will allow them to do more during the weekend, and the same goes for parents.”
Last year, students participating in Freshman Follies were not able to attend the football game because of conflicting times; but this year, students will be able to participate in, attend and finish the show in time to attend the football game.
Students who participated in last year’s show had limited time to spend with family and friends who came to watch the show because of the show schedule.
Amy Sloan, co-chair for 2012 Freshman Follies last year, said this change will improve on her experience last year.
“I saw my parents during the nights of the shows and at lunch,” said Sloan, sophomore advertising/public relation major from Houston. “I think it will be easier for students to see their families on Friday because there is no show, but not on Saturday.”
Showtimes are not the only thing that has changed this year. Instead of four co-chairs, there are now five. Cullen Auditorium received a makeover too, because of summer flooding. Sloan said the new stage and fresh paint job will help add to to the student’s experience of Follies.