Preparations for next month’s Sing Song are continuing as the individual acts started their first rehearsals this week.
“We hit the ground running this semester, getting ready for Sing Song,” said co-chair Kevin Carroll, junior marketing major from Abilene. “For the business and production side of Sing Song, we’re mainly designing the program right now. When February comes, we need to get Moody ready for the big weekend.”
Carroll said organizers will start advertising, decorating and selling Sing Song merchandise in the upcoming weeks.
This year’s show again will feature two freshmen acts, Freshman Purple and Freshman White. All three of the Freshman White directors, Anna Hornell, Logan Owens and Madeline Dayton, have never seen a live Sing Song performance.
“In the process of writing our act, I watched many of the best and worst acts from past years and have a good understanding of who the participants, audience and judges are, as well as the significance of this longstanding ACU tradition,” said Hornell, freshman business management major from Ft. Worth. “Considering those things, I don’t think that not having attended a Sing Song has hindered mine, nor my co-directors’ ability to help make this a memorable 60th show.”
Hornell said she became interested in directing Sing Song after her experience as a co-chair for Freshman Follies with Owens and Dayton, because she loved being in a position where she was able to brainstorm and bring ideas to life.
“In a lot of ways I know that it will be stressful but I think that that’s something that will bond our act, and on a broader scale, all the Sing Song participants,” Hornell said. “It’s my hope that having a shared experience where people are working together as a team will help grow relationships and create memories to be cherished for a long time.”
Rachel Mallary, senior multimedia major from Houston and freshman experience officer for Sing Song, said what the three directors lack in Sing Song attendance, they all make up for in musical talent and creativity.
The Sing Song production team is also working to put together all the behind-the-scenes details, like ticket sales, programs and props, to make the show happen, said Tom Craig, director of student activities and productions.
“With this being the 60th show, we plan on doing a couple things to honor Bob Hunter, the founder of Sing Song,” Carroll said. “We’ll have a special ceremony for him downstairs of the Campus Center where we will also unveil the Sing Song timeline artwork, similar to the one in the Welcome Center.”
Hunter will be recognized at the Saturday night show and the celebration reception will be Feb. 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the lower level of the Campus Center, Craig said.
The dates for Sing Song include a preview show for students Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and the official shows Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.