Women’s social club Tri Kappa Gamma will perform in Sing Song for the first time in 16 years, since it was re-chartered in 2015.
Directed by Rachel Lopez De Castilla and Sara-Kate Oliver, the women of TKG will perform as Wonder Woman. Seventy women, a mix of new and old members as well as non-club members, will perform in the act.
“What girl group’s ever done superheroes?” said Lopez De Castilla, senior psychology major from San Antonio.
TKG elected Lopez De Castilla and Oliver as Sing Song directors in the fall before Homecoming. Oliver, junior biology secondary education major from Dallas, developed choreography for the act, while Lopez De Castilla worked on the vocals.
Amy Pybus (’90), a member of TKG’s 1988 pledge class, directed the first winning TKG Sing Song act in 1990. The women performed as street mimes for the Sing Song theme “Takin’ it to the Streets.”
Pybus has watched Sing Song acts since she was in junior high school, because her parents were both professors at ACU. She performed in her freshman and sophomore acts as well as a TKG act her junior year.
“I felt like I understood Sing Song,” Pybus said. “It wasn’t like I was great at being a director, I just had more experience than a lot of people in the room.”
Some of the pop songs TKG members used in their first winning act were Three Dog Night’s “One is the Loneliest Number,” Chicago’s “Saturday Night in the Park” and the act’s title song “The Sounds of Silence” by the Beatles.
TKG went on to win again in 1992.
Although the club does not have a historical signature dance move, Oliver said this year the club developed a cheer-leading move into the “Kappa K,” which may become a new tradition.
“It is our first time back in a really long time, so we just wanted it to be memorable overall,” Lopez de Castilla said. “We want to come out and make a statement that we’re excited to be back and we’re really glad that we have a good group of girls who are willing to do this with us.”
Pybus said she is looking forward to seeing her club perform again.
“Sing Song is an intense experience, but you strengthen friendships,” Pybus said. “Whether you win or lose, it’s a great experience. It’s fun to be able to perform it on stage and say: ‘There. We did that.'”