Student Productions is preparing for its first Sing Song block party on Saturday.
Nick Tatum, director of student productions, said he is expecting a good turnout of students and guests for the new event.
“We wanted to create a space for guests and students to socialize before the show,” Tatum said. “I also think part of planning a successful event involves engaging the audience before they even enter the venue.”
Tatum said the idea of the block party has been in the works for a year.
“I developed this idea last year during Sing Song,” Tatum said. “Based on the timing of the shows, the amount of guests coming and the chance to create more connections among current and former students, this seemed like an ideal opportunity.”
Colton Powell, senior financial management major from Brentwood, Tennessee and executive treasurer of SGA, has been working with Nick Tatum and the Student Productions team.
Powell said SGA has supported and helped with the event since it was first mentioned.
“We know there has been a tremendous amount of thought and preparation into ensuring that the block party is successful,” Powell said. “We can sense the excitement for the event and it has rubbed off on us as well. We can’t wait.”
There will be seven food trucks at the block party, which will take place in the area surrounding the GATA Fountain. The list of vendors will include 1981, the Toasted Traveler, the Sweet Side and Hearts BBQ.
Sing Song attendees and participants will have the option to visit these food trucks between the 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances.
Tatum said if the block party is a success this year, it may become a Sing Song tradition.
“We’ll see how this year goes, but hopefully it will become an annual event,” Tatum said.