This year’s freshman class will face off at Sing Song as the class will be divided into two acts for the third year in a row.
The directors of the dueling acts have already been selected. The Freshman Purple group’s directors are Sloan Polvado, freshman marketing major from Houston, and Weston Weast, freshman music major from Oklahoma City, Okla. The Freshman White group’s directors are Audrey McKillip, freshman digital entertainment technology major from Houston, Ethan Bailey, freshman communications major from Abilene and Mikaela Clinton, freshman advertising and public relations major from Bulverde.
Co-directors Polvado and Weast have been friends since eighth grade, Polvado said, and auditioned for the leadership positions together.
“I really wanted to do this, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to do this on my own,” Polvado said. “I’ve always loved planning and organizing events and [Weast] is so good at writing songs, so I thought we’d be a really good team and should do this together.”
McKillip said she was ecstatic when she learned she earned a position as a director, as it would give her experience in the field she wants to pursue after graduation.
“What I want to do is direct film and theatre, and this is getting to do something that is a really cool and big thing at ACU, I thought it was a great opportunity,” McKillip said.
The selection process for the junior and senior class directors is ongoing and should be finished by Nov. 10. Courtney Tee, production manager at ACU student productions, said the production team is looking for students that will be able to take on the serious task that is producing an audience-worthy act.
“The selection team looks for capable leaders who or talented and creative, what above all they look for people who have the character to lead their class with humility, grace, and confidence, and to provide a positive sing song experience for all participants,” Tee said.
Tee said the freshman class directors will receive guidance from seasoned Sing Song participants in the production of their acts.
“We recognize that freshmen don’t have the advantage of having been through sing song before, so we do our best to surround the freshman directors with people who can help them succeed,” Tee said. “There is an entire freshman experience team dedicated to answering questions that they have about logistics, helping them make the vision of their act come to life and providing support when needed.”
Sing Song 2017 is Feb. 17-18. For more information visit http://www.acu.edu/legacy/events/singsong/index.html.