Rather than implementing a theme, Nick Tatum, director of student productions, required all acts to replicate an act that had been done before the year 2000.
“I think over the past 10 years, some of the themes have been really great and some of them have been really hard and limiting for students,” Tatum said. “Historically, we didn’t start doing themes until halfway through Sing Song’s existence, so it’s not like not having a theme is terrible.”
Tatum said he still thinks it’s important for groups to have some direction, but he wanted to give them creative freedom. In conjunction with the release of the Sing Song archives website during homecoming weekend, Tatum asked for students to engage in and honor the Sing Song history.
“Some of the acts are very similar, some of them are very different,” Tatum said. “It was more of an inspiration for theirs rather than repeating it word-for-word.”
For the no-theme idea, Tatum said everyone was really excited.
“Initially, people had been dreaming up acts before Sing Song this year, but I think once they got over that, they were excited.”
Tatum compared the “no-theme” idea to the quarter quell in the Hunger Games – every few years, he said he’d love to do something that stirs the pot or challenges people in a new way.
“This is the first iteration of that.”
Read below which acts the classes chose to replicate.
Freshman White, seven dwarves – “Heigh Ho!” – replicating Galaxy’s 1970s act.
Freshman Purple, playing cards – Do You Want to Play a Card Game – replicating Alpha Theta Chi Omega’s 1993 act.
Sophomores, skeletons– Saturday Night Femur – replicating Delta Theta’s 1977 act.
Seniors, Adam and Eve – …Is it Too Late to Say Sorry? – replicating the Senior’s Adam and Eve act of 1986.
Les Hunter, who directed the original winning act, said though he won’t be able to make it to town, he’s excited to see what how the seniors made it their own.
“We were crazy,” Hunter said. “It was very challenging, but it’ll be fun to see the clever new twist on everything.”
Hunter directed his class act each year and won.