With nearly 400 freshman participants this year, Freshman Follies is ready to get the show on the road, literally.
Freshman Follies is a variety show that features hall acts and specialty acts. Hall acts are performances by groups of people, such as singing and dancing. For this act, anything goes. The only requirement is that the theme, “road trip,” is portrayed through their performance.
Specialty acts can be performed by individual or group talents. This category of the show has a wider variety because it showcases unique abilities and is not limited to singing and dancing.
This ACU tradition takes place at the beginning of the year. Freshmen have an opportunity to connect and get involved with fellow classmates as well as those working the show.
“Being a co-chair for Follies has been such an awesome experience,” said freshman Madison Losher. “I’ve loved getting to work alongside other freshmen and also upperclassmen who have been a huge help in the planning. It has definitely made me stoked for what the remainder of freshman year has to offer.”
The show is expected to be better than those in the past with the promise of a quality stage setup.
“We have a really cool backdrop for the ‘road trip’ theme this year,” said Nick Tatum, manager and director for Freshman Follies. “We’re spending more money for the set-up than we ever have before. It’s going to look more professional, more production-y.”
Additionally, a new performance has been added to the show this year.
All participants in Freshman Follies will unite for a group specialty act. The group will two-step to the song “She’s Like Texas,” by Josh Abbott Band.
ACU facilitated its first school-sponsored dance in its 106-year history just a few years ago after the no-dance policy was lifted. Since then, dancing has quickly been adopted into student productions and events and has become a prominent part of the university’s most known traditions.
Freshman Follies will have four shows in Cullen, starting with the $5 discount preview show at 7 p.m. Friday. Three shows will take place Saturday at 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 with a student ID.