Spring Sing 2015 features duets, club performances

Spring Sing 2015 features duets, club performances

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Hundreds of Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students will come together to perform in the 47th-annual Spring Sing show March 6-7.

Spring Sing features vocal performances by student hosts and hostesses backed by a live band, plus choreographed presentations by OC’s social service clubs and the freshman class. More than 600 students will be involved in this year’s show, themed “Just Duet.”

“Spring Sing is a variety show,” said Amanda Watson, Spring Sing staff advisor. “Each club picks a theme and songs, then they write new lyrics and add choreography for a five-minute set.”

The organization and production of Spring Sing is done entirely by students through club leadership and an executive committee. Junior Brandyn Treat is the executive director for this year’s Spring Sing and has high hopes for the show.

“The main thing I’m excited about is seeing the unique aspects of this year’s show when they finally come to life,” Treat said. “I’m very excited to see how a show of strictly duets goes and is received by the audience. There are a few other surprises, too.”

This year’s participants include Alpha Gamma Omega, Chi Lambda Phi, Delta Gamma Sigma, Gamma Rho, Iota Kappa Phi, Kappa Sigma Tau, Pi Zeta Phi, Psi Epsilon, Theta Theta Theta, and the freshman class. Chi Lambda Phi has captured first place the past five years and in 11 of the last 13 years.

The hosts and hostesses are: Kirby Allen, a junior music education major from Plano, Texas; Morgan Barnett, a senior early childhood education major from Shawnee, Oklahoma; Ty Belt, a senior social studies education major from Mesquite, Texas; Kennedy McAlister, a freshman music and English major from Ardmore, Oklahoma; Krystal Rodriguez, a senior public relations major from Carrollton, Texas; Hayley Waldo, a junior communication design major from Edmond, Oklahoma; Lane Wheeler, a junior computer science major from Wichita, Texas; and Brandi Williams, a junior Spanish major with a minor in vocal performance from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Spring Sing coincides with OC’s Spring Visit weekend for prospective students, giving visitors an opportunity to experience the event.

“I think it is a pretty cool thing is that we make our Spring Visit the same weekend as Spring Sing,” Watson said. “Our Friday night show has a ton of prospective students who come and think ‘I want to be a part of that.’”

Students began working on the show at the beginning of the spring semester. Clubs are allowed to practice a total of 40 hours throughout the semester preparing for the production. Treat said the effort of the students is worthwhile, because it unifies the OC community and appeals to alumni.

“Spring Sing is OC’s biggest production, and it brings a lot of people back on campus, which is great for OC,” Treat said.

There will be three performances open to the public: Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. All performances will be in Hardeman Auditorium.

Tickets are available online for $16.50 apiece at www.oc.edu/springsingtickets.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.