For 50 years, OC students have united on the first weekend of March for Spring Sing. This year’s theme, “A Year of Gold,” celebrates a half-century of the friendly musical competition.
OC Celebrates 50 Years of Spring Sing Spring Sing 2018 will be March 2 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.
For 50 years, Oklahoma Christian University students have united on the first weekend of March for Spring Sing, featuring colorful costumes, popular music and energetic choreography. This year’s theme, “A Year of Gold,” celebrates a half-century of the friendly musical competition among social service clubs. Spring Sing 2018 will feature performances March 2 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.
A student-led executive committee organizes Spring Sing, and individual club directors choreograph each performance, design costumes and write lyrics. Ten hosts and hostesses, chosen through competitive auditions, perform between club performances while backed by a live student band. As part of this year’s theme, social clubs and hosts will sing well-known songs that have been honored with awards such as a Grammy, Tony, Golden Globe, Emmy or Academy Award.
OC’s 2018 Spring Sing production also includes a philanthropic element. Students are raising funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma.
Amanda Watson, the student events coordinator at OC and the staff coordinator for Spring Sing, explained that Spring Sing is a student-led performance.
“It is a professional-level production where students lead as club performers, hosts, band directors and technical coordinators,” Watson said. “So many impressive students bring their talents together for this large production.”
Watson said she loves to see students use the opportunities Spring Sing provides to grow in ways they often do not expect.
“I find it so exciting to watch students grow as leaders, working with them on something they are passionate about,” Watson said. “I feel like Spring Sing develops good leaders. They see things they didn’t think they were able to do become a reality.”
Senior Blair Hall is an interior design major from Oklahoma City. She is the student director of Spring Sing, and she was the director for Iota Kappa Phi’s first-place show last year.
“I love how fun Spring Sing is,” Hall said. “As an interior design major, I have to be creative in my major, but Spring Sing is a different outlet for that creativity. I have been blessed to work with friends both old and new, and without them, this show would have never happened.”
One of Hall’s favorite parts of Spring Sing is seeing students and classmates outside of their normal class environments expressing themselves differently. She also admires Spring Sing’s impact on the community.
“Spring Sing is a way to bring our community together,” Hall said. “This is why we are celebrating 50 years. People fall in love with it; some people’s best memories from OC are from Spring Sing.”
While Spring Sing is a fun activity for current students and alumni, it is also a way for potential students to see how much fun OC students have.
“We are able to bring in students who are looking at OC and show them one of the most exciting events on campus,” Watson said. “It is a great way to showcase our students’ talents and see much of our student body represented on stage.”
The 2018 hosts and hostesses are Katie Alvarez from Norman, Oklahoma, Destiny Bentley from Dallas, Kai Jorgensen from Byng, Oklahoma, Collyn Lee from Longview, Texas, Sydney May from Tulsa, Kennedy McCalister from Ardmore, Oklahoma, Morgan McCutcheon from Owasso, Oklahoma, Preston Prock from Cushing, Oklahoma, Jonah Strand from Gresham, Oregon and Morgan Walkup from Weatherford, Oklahoma.
The show features Alpha Gamma Omega as “Alpha: The Last Airbender,” Chi Lambda Phi as “James Bond,” Delta Gamma Sigma as “Rocky,” the freshman class as “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Gamma Rho as “Hairspray,” Iota Kappa Phi as “Into the Woods,” Kappa Sigma Tau as “Alice in Wonderland,” Phi Omega Nu as “Wonder Woman,” Psi Epsilon as “Strikes and Spares” and Theta Theta Theta as “Peter Pan.”
Tickets for Spring Sing 2018 cost $17.50 for the front section and $15.50 for the back section of Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/springsing, in the Garvey Center box office or by calling 405-425-6310.