This year’s Sing Song show will feature two freshman class acts instead of one, unlike previous years.
Despite some negative reactions from students, Barrett Lewis, freshman biology major from Abilene, imagines the show and the freshmen will be just fine.
“There were a lot of people that were upset about [the change] but I think it’ll be interesting to see what kind of social dynamic it brings to the campus,” said Lewis, a longtime Sing Song fan. “I think people were worried, but I think it’ll be okay.”
Lewis said he believes the change elicited negative reactions from his peers because the addition of a second freshman class act breaks ACU’s long-standing tradition of only having one act for first year students. The the change may be seen by some as “too inclusive.”
“There’s some fun to being somewhat exclusive when there’s an audition. Some people get cut and people like that competition,” Lewis said.
Despite some Sing Song fans’ frustrations, however, Lewis says he has faith in the two freshman directors Jaci Bonneau, graphic design major from Abilen, and Madison Losher, Bible ministry major from Garland.
While the freshman will now have to choose which act to audition for, classes and clubs are finalizing their choices for directors.
Sydney Greer, sophomore marketing major from Spring, and Ashlyn Rhyne, sophomore nutrition major from Spring, will serve as co-directors for the class of 2017. Both Greer and Rhyne participated in last year’s winning freshman act and they are anxious and ready to defend their class’s title as champions.
“We hope to continue to unify our class through just having an exciting and memorable experience,” Greer said. Rhyne also said she hopes to continue the sophomore class’s winning streak.
Leslie Lewis, senior class Sing Song director, said she hopes to see a large turnout of senior participants in her class’s act this year.
“I really want as many people involved as possible,” said Lewis, senior psychology major from Houston. “I want that whole stage to be full of seniors and for people who have never been a part of a class act to be a part of it [their] last year.”
Hendrix, also a director for the senior class act, said she feels honored to continue her family’s Sing Song legacy.
“I grew up coming to Sing Song, watching my brother direct several acts, and making some of my most precious memories in college through doing Sing Song,” said Hendrix, senior psychology major from Abilene. “So knowing that I get to have such a hands-on role in creating those memories for others is intensely gratifying.”
Though the show is months away, director’s duties have already begun. The countdown to Sing Song 2015 is officially underway.