Freshmen prepare for show
Monday, October 1, 2007
By Jacey Jacobs
Fanfare is always a big attraction on campus, and this year is no
exception. The production, cast entirely by freshmen, is in its
nineteenth year at Oklahoma Christian University.
for the events center, Bob Lashley, came up with the idea of Freshmen
Fanfare because he thought it would be a way for the freshmen class to
showcase their talents and meet other students. He thought it would
also be a good opportunity for the parents of the new college students
to come and see an example of the freshmen experience.
fact is, you don’t have to be experienced at all with being in shows to
be in this show,” Lashley said. “We will just put you in the acts. We
don’t turn anyone away.”
year’s show is under the leadership of three directors: Katy King,
Emilee Holley, and Brent Stafford. This is the first year to have three
directors, but the extra help is necessary due to the increase in
number of students participating.
main responsibility is to get the large group acts ready,” Lashley
said. “I work with the tech crews and the band, and I try to pull all
the pieces together on the last week. It’s a team deal. The directors
are very much into it and coming up with very good ideas.”
Every year the freshmen vote on a theme, and together they decided this year’s theme would be the Freshmen of Oz.
says the show consists of simply having a list of songs, but also
seeing what talent the freshmen class has and building a show based
upon that. Auditions were held for individual acts as fillers between
the big group acts. As much of the auditioned talent as possible is
used. Other talent that is not auditioned is used as well.
idea is to use freshmen in every position possible, from spotlights to
stage managers to band.” Lashley said. “It is to help them learn to do
some things even if they don’t always have the experience in it, and
they would like to learn. Then we will try to teach them some stuff as
the show goes along. Hopefully, down the road they will learn even more
and maybe end up being an advisor next year.”
Emilee Holley and Katy King, fondly remember last year’s Fanfare, and
decided to find a way to participate again this year.
“I really liked being a part of Fanfare last year, and I thought it would be a fun experience being a director,” Holley said.
King helped some with Spring Sing last year as well and enjoyed it so much that she wanted to be a part of Fanfare this year.
While both Holley and King enjoy directing, there is a lot of hard work and many long hours involved in such a large production.
come up with the choreography and change the lyrics of the songs to fit
the theme,” Holley said. “We do all the stage decorations, costumes and
The directors also help select the feature acts and help them with their performance.
is something you have to be thinking about at all times during the
day,” King said. “For every hour of practice, it’s two hours thinking
This year’s show is different and more difficult from years past.
really increased the amount of choreography and perfected it so it
looks good,” King said. “Our goal is for it to look more polished. We
work them to the bone, so at the end of the practices, they are
sweating. We just keep repeating until it looks good. The freshmen this
year will not be gaining the freshman 15.”
show times are tonight at 7:00 and Saturday afternoon at 2:00. Seats
are general admission and tickets cost $6 at the door. Oklahoma
Christian students get in free with their ID.
audience this year will be in for a surprise,” King said. “This isn’t
going to be an average typical Freshmen Fanfare; it will exceed all