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Spring Sing to 'Debut'

Tuesday, February 5, 2008  
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By Tracy Corcoran

Long nights of rehearsing, parodies and choreography can only mean one thing. Spring Sing has arrived.

"Debut," this year's Spring Sing show, is based off of Broadway musicals. Spring Sing director senior Josh Bouye created the theme and believes it will be something the whole family can enjoy.

"Musicals have always been a big thing in my life," Bouye said. "They are really fun and energetic and can brighten up your day if you let them. They've always entertained me and my family, so I grew up with them. I figured, 'Why not do something that I love for Spring Sing?'"

Bouye is an experienced director and has a great knowledge of what Spring Sing is all about.

"I've actually been coming to Spring Sing since 1990, so it's kind of a big dream of mine just to direct it and everything," Bouye said. "I've directed my club show for the past two years, and I decided I was capable enough and ready enough, so I applied."

Spring Sing's executive producer, senior Ryan Smith, along with other SGA officers, chose Bouye's proposal, because of his drive and love for Spring Sing.

"He is so passionate about Spring Sing itself. He absolutely loves it," Smith said. "I am, personally, a huge fan of musicals so when he presented this particular proposal, I thought it would be a great show."

"Debut" will have something fun and entertaining for everyone in the audience.

"We picked Broadway songs that people would recognize and that they could have fun with. It's a good line up," Bouye said. "It has songs in it that are going to reach pretty much every age. We've got 'High School Musical' in there for little kids all the way up to 'Singing in the Rain' for the adults."

Last year's Spring Sing show sold out every night, which lead to ticket sales being opened up for the Thursday night faculty show. Bob Lashley, Spring Sing staff advisor, said Oklahoma Christian University sold at least 4,000 tickets.

"Last year, we had probably the biggest crowd we've had in 20 years," Lashley said. "We'd like to see that continue."

Lashley said ticket sales depend on the response of last year's show. The show last year had a story between club performances, which was different from previous years.

"For those who didn't prefer that format for the show, I would think they would give it another chance," Lashley said. "I'm expecting a similar response this year." Bouye only wants to direct a traditional Spring Sing with hosts and hostesses entertaining the crowd.

"We're staying to the same basic formula of what we know works. We're not straying too much from it," Smith said.

There has been one new rule added for Spring Sing participants.

Lashley said for safety reasons, basket tosses and other gymnastics type stunts will not be allowed.

Not only will this rule prevent injuries, but according to Lashley, it will also make the judging a little fairer.

"I think it will possibly level the playing field a little bit more between the guys and girls," Lashley said. "With guys throwing guys higher than girls can throw girls, it might appear like they're better, but they're really not."

Lashley is curious to see how the show turns out.

"It's just the execution of it," Lashley said. "It may come back to more precision and singing."

Even though Spring Sing practice has already begun, Bouye is still working hard on the vision for his show.

He is just now starting to see his plans and ideas unfold.

"There have been a lot of people helping me along the way, which is good. You should always need help," Bouye said.

Bouye has been planning the show since he was hired last year.

"The process is still coming along, and the bricks are finally starting to get laid as I get closer to seeing it come true," Bouye said.

Bouye, with the help of his executive committee, plan on making this Spring Sing show the best.

"The best thing is just working with everything, knowing that this is your creation that you are making and putting on the stage," Bouye said. "I have an awesome executive committee who wants to help me in making the best show ever."

Another change for Spring Sing is the date. Instead of taking place on the first weekend in March, Spring Sing will now be on Feb. 29 and March 1.

Ticket sales open Feb. 2 for students, and they are allowed to purchase six tickets each until ticket sales are open to the public on Feb. 4.

Lashley and Bouye feel this should have no effect on ticket sales.

Lashley believes this year's show has great potential.

"The hosts will do well, the clubs are working hard already, and the numbers are good," Lashley said.

"Everything is shaping up for what should be a good show."



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