Sing Song 2000 to entertain thousands with unforgettable show

For Immediate Release
Jan. 27, 2000

Students at Abilene Christian University are preparing to entertain thousands of alumni, students, friends and the Abilene community at Sing Song 2000 Feb. 18 and 19 with a show they are striving to make unforgettable with a focus on our global community.

Three performances are slated for the two days, and show director Phyllis Wilson says Sing Song 2000 will inaugurate the 21st century with performances that will pull at every emotion.

On Friday, Feb. 18, the first performance will start at 8 p.m. Two performances are scheduled for Saturday, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. All performances will be conducted in Moody Coliseum on the ACU campus.

This annual event involves almost 2,000 students and faculty and will feature six hosts and hostesses. They will perform a variety of songs chosen from past decades to relate to this year's theme, "Unforgettable."

To order tickets, call 674-2648, or go to the ticket window in Moody Coliseum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wilson chose the theme "Unforgettable" with the year 2000 in mind.

"This show is going to be of a caliber where every group act, every performance by the hosts and hostesses and every band score will be somebody's favorite part of the show," she said. "There will be something for everyone."

Feature song numbers include "You've Got a Friend," "It Don't Mean a Thing" and "Into the Fire" from the Broadway musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel." Another special number will be "When You Believe" from the motion picture "The Prince of Egypt." This number will emphasize how similar people are, even when they are around the world.

"When You Believe" will feature hostesses Sara Martin, junior integrated marketing major from Cleburne, and Tara Wilfong, junior vocal music/teaching major from Sugar Land, as well as the a children's choir singing in Hebrew and Music Department faculty members as the chorus.

Plus, a video presentation of the Red Sea parting will add another dimension of drama during the song. That, with the children singing in Hebrew and the voices of the Music Department faculty spurred John Gilson, Sing Song host and senior vocal music/teaching major from Houston, to say he has high expectations for this number.

"I think "When You Believe" will be the best part of the show," he said.

Another number to showcase global unity will feature three ACU student organizations, Essence of Ebony, the International Students' Association and Hispaños Unidos. These groups will perform "We are One" from the movie "Simba's Pride.

Another number with a global slant will feature Wilfong and Gilson singing "The Prayer" from the movie "Quest in Camelot" in both English and Italian.

Along with the host and hostess performances, groups such as clubs and classes will compete in categories such as vocals, choreography and costumes. Fourteen groups are broken in to three competitive categories, women's social clubs, men's social clubs and classes. They will be judged on presentation, originality and vocals.

Some of the groups will represent themes such as ring masters, umpires, Canadian mounties, ancient Egyptians, patriots and mailmen.

Members of the community also are participating in Sing Song. Teri Wilkerson, director of Dance Discovery Studio, is the choreographer for the musical numbers. Barry Smoot and David Utley of the Paramount Theatre are coordinating lighting and set design.


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