A look ahead to Spring Sing

Feb. 22, 2017 | Spring Sing |

Spring Sing 2017, “Curtain Up!”, will be presented April 13-15.

“Spring Sing 2017 is all about Broadway and beyond,” Director of Spring Sing Steve Frye said. “We are going to celebrate the performing arts and the new works that are drawing millions more to live theatre. We are also celebrating the curtain going up in life and onstage for more than 1,000 college students involved in eight club show parodies performed to benefit eight different charity organizations.”

The social club show directors began planning club shows last spring and are currently finalizing plans for the performance. Madison Stone, director for the Regina, Sigma Phi Mu, Chi Sigma Alpha and friends show, said their theme will be “Delivery People.” The show will follow groups of mail carriers, UPS delivery people and pizza delivery people.

Each set of people will have simple costumes corresponding to their role’s stereotypical uniform. Stone said the three groups of people will be on stage at different times and join together at the end.

“I expect it to be really good,” Stone said. “It is going to be really different than the past couple years.”

Reed Harriman is one of the directors for the Gamma Sigma Phi, Pi Theta Phi and friends show. The theme will feature meerkats as the main characters instead of people. Smaller roles will consist of a safari guide and other African animals.

“We wanted to have main characters who could be fun,” Harriman said. “We thought about animals, then we thought about ‘The Lion King’ and how funny Timon is. Meerkats are funny, so we made our people meerkats.”

Harriman said he believes their show will be enjoyable, and he hopes the group can win the Spring Sing spirit award, as they did in 2016.

“Hopefully we can instill the same work ethic the directors did last year,” Harriman said. “I am definitely sure we have a good show, and I feel like we can put on an entertaining performance that would be one of the best shows.”

Frye is looking forward to the production because of the show’s focus on Broadway and the atmosphere of life theatre.

“It’s big! It’s exciting! And it’s not just looking backward,” Frye said. “More people are attending live theatre than ever before. So, Spring Sing 2017 is calling ‘Curtain Up!’ on new Broadway as well as classic Broadway.”

Seniors Duncan Michael, Victoria Deboef, Renee Maynard and junior Ross Smith are the hosts and hostesses for the show. They have begun narrowing song choices and choosing opening and closing acts, according to Michael, and he is excited for a theme with which he is familiar.

“Being a theatre major, I love Broadway in general, so getting to perform some of the songs I listen to daily is going to be a lot of fun,” Michael said. “It’s going to be big, and there is going to be a lot of sequins and glitter and all things shiny.”

Tickets are now on sale at www.hardingtickets.com.

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