Sing Song 2019, likely the largest annual on-campus event, will be led by a talented group of hosts and hostesses, including sophomores for the first time.
These six performers get to belt their pipes throughout the show before and after the acts. While they do not get the chance to take home bragging rights, they do have the opportunity to make this Sing Song a historic one.
The Sing Song 2019 hosts and hostesses include Tre’ McLeod, Kolby Hart, Jessica Overton, Sarah Ross and, for the first time ever, two sophomore hostesses: Abby Ware and Erin May.
Before Nick Tatum was put as the director of student productions, a rule was kept in place under former director, Tom Craig, that only juniors and seniors were allowed to be hosts and hostesses.
With the new rule change, Ware and May were given an opportunity they are thrilled to be a part of.
Ware, sophomore speech-language pathology major from Hurst said she enjoys “the community that is built through performing, laughing and working as a team.”
“Although Sing Song can get exhausting, you end up getting so close to the people you’re working with,” May said. “You develop these incredible friendships that you’ll carry with you through the rest of your college career and long after.”
Although each member varies in their major, a common pattern is their love for the art of performing.
“Before I discovered my love for musical theatre, I knew I loved pop music,” said Tre’ McLeod, musical theatre major from Houston. “From a young age, one of my favorite things to watch on TV has been awards shows like the Grammys, Tony’s or Oscars, because of all the performances in between speeches.”
Jessica Overton, junior vocal music education major from Arlington, said, “Being a hostess this year has truly been a dream come true. Ever since freshman year I’ve dreamed of having this opportunity so I’m just super grateful to be able to make music and perform with some of the most talented and fun people ever.”
With the work they have put in, each of the hosts and hostesses said they saw this opportunity as a blessing.
“Being a hostess is a dream,” said Sarah Ross, worship ministry major from Sugar Land. “Getting to use the gifts that God has given me, in this season specifically, has been so fruitful.”
However, being in a position like this isn’t easy from the start.
Kolby Hart, senior marketing major from Tyler, said, “It requires a lot of work and planning. You have to pace yourself and learn things on your own as well as with a group. Don’t be afraid to sing in front of people while learning music, you have to push yourself. But it’s all so much fun and so worth it.”
With the annual hype that surrounds Sing Song, the pressure is not only immense on the acts, but also these six hosts and hostesses. This is not something they are concerned with, rather they are enthusiastic the show they will put on will be exciting and unique.