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Sing Song 2006 celebrates anniversary year with 1,200 students producing "The 50th Show"

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Feb. 14, 2006

Abilene Christian University students will perform the 50th annual Sing Song, the largest collegiate student musical production known to exist, Friday and Saturday.

"The 50th Show" features three hostesses and three hosts who will guide audiences through more than 1,200 students performing in club and class numbers, jazz bands, dance troupes and management and production roles.

"If there is a larger student production on another campus, we don't know about it," said Kendall Massey, director of student productions.

All four classes and most social clubs will perform campy ensemble acts with choice numbers performed by the hosts and hostesses between each ensemble. Freshman ushers, local children and special ACU Sing Song alumni will perform large ensemble acts designed specifically for this anniversary production.

The 2006 hostesses and hosts are:

  • Crystal Hughes, junior communication major from Frisco,
  • Jenna Lucado, senior integrated marketing communication major from San Antonio,
  • Ragan Rhodes, senior composite interdisciplinary major from Fort Worth,
  • Josh Castle, junior music major from Overland Park, Kan.,
  • Shannon Bailey, senior management major from Corsicana, and
  • Will Smyth, senior Bible major from Keller.

The production will include musical performances of old and new songs, bringing together different eras represented by Sing Song's 50-year history.

During the 1956-1957 school year, Sing Song began as a contest between quartets standing on stage singing. It has evolved into a competition of choreographed, costumed crowd-pleasers. Dr. Bob Hunter, vice president emeritus, conceptualized the first Sing Song, while past ACU President Dr. William J. Teague, served as the first host or emcee.

Three different performances are open to the public this year: Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available for the Friday and Saturday afternoon showings for prices ranging from $14-$18.

For tickets, call ACU Student Productions at 325-674-2767, or visit www.acusingsong.com.

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