Sing Song preparations began last week with the announcement of the hosts and hostesses and will continue this week as the class and club directors will be chosen by Thursday.
This will be the second year the freshman class will have two separate acts. The process for choosing the freshman directors includes interviews with the Sing Song co-chairs and Tom Craig, director of Sing Song, said co-chair Taylor Flowers.
“Otherwise, like sophomores, juniors and seniors, we told the class presidents that it’s up to them to decide who they want their directors to be,” said Flowers, senior kinesiology major from Spring. “That’s pretty much all we do with them, unless they send somebody that we don’t think would work.”
Social club directors are chosen and voted by the members of each club. The co-chairs don’t help in finalizing the club directors, but Flowers said it’s best to choose two different people.
“One thing – like GSP – that we need to learn from is that you need to pick a musical director and an assistant director, one to be onstage and one to do administrative stuff,” Flowers said. “[GSP] did not do a good job with the administrative stuff last year, and it almost cost us a lot of points.”
Most of the administrative work for Sing Song happens this semester, said Tom Craig, director of student activities and productions.
“The entire structure of the show is created during the fall semester,” said Craig. “Then, when students return in January, they jump immediately into rehearsals, gearing up for the show in February.”
The theme for this year’s Sing Song is “On the Town.” Co-chair Kevin Carroll, junior marketing major from Abilene, said the theme is supposed to show what a night on the town would look like, but it’s also open to interpretation.
Other preparations include a retreat at the end of the semester for the Sing Song staff, including co-chairs, hosts, hostesses and directors. Individual practices for the acts won’t start until next semester.
“Sing Song is the greatest thing that ACU offers,” Carroll said. “It’s a great way to get to know people. It’s fun to just practice and goof off and get to know the people you’re with.”