Sing Song turns 60

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Sing Song, one of Abilene Christian University’s best-loved musical traditions, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

The show, set for Feb. 19-20 in Moody Coliseum, will feature five men’s clubs, five women’s clubs, and five class acts all performing related to the theme “On the Town.”

For the second time, the show will have two freshman acts, each with 100 freshmen on stage. Between each competing act, six hosts and hostesses will perform group numbers along with a dance team and the ACU jazz band.

Sing Song is an original choral competition in which students prepare three-and-a-half minute medleys of popular songs rewritten with humorous lyrics. The acts are judged on their appearance, originality, entertainment and vocals.

Tom Craig, director of student activities, said the show is a great representation of ACU’s culture.

“When anything continues for as long as Sing Song has, it becomes a strong part of the culture on campus,” Craig said.

Sing Song showcases student talent to the community, and at the same time builds community among students. The audience is broad, including alumni, students’ friends and family, and the Abilene community. Craig said Sing Song helps people who may not be familiar with ACU to understand the university better.

At the end of each show, students and the audience join in the ACU tradition of singing “The Lord Bless You.”

“Those are the kinds of things that make people look at ACU and think, ‘Something special is going on here,’” Craig said.

Sing Song was conceptualized in 1956 and first performed on Feb. 14, 1957. It generated so much excitement that Sewell Auditorium was filled to capacity. The show then moved to Abilene High School auditorium, then to Moody Coliseum in 1969.

The production contributes to the Abilene community culturally and also economically. It brings in audience members from out of town who stay in Abilene hotels, eat in Abilene restaurants and shop in Abilene stores.

Tickets are available online at www.acu.edu/singsong. Cost is $17 for Friday’s 8 p.m. show, $22 for Saturday’s 2 p.m. show and $25 for Saturday’s 8 p.m. show. Also, a preview showing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, will be open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m., and audience members can pay $10 at the door to sit anywhere.

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