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Hosts, hostesses perform feature acts

Friday, February 29, 2008  
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By Katie Halstead

Although social service clubs provide the competition for Spring Sing, hosts and hostesses are also an important part of the cohesiveness of the performance.

Six Oklahoma Christian University students have practiced numerous times in the past months and every night this week to prepare for their feature acts.

"It's a lot less stressful than what I'm used to," sophomore Spring Sing Hostess Megan Martin said. "Practices are actually really fun."

Martin has been in previous productions put on by Oklahoma Christian as well as shows put on by her high school. She also contributed to Iota's Spring Sing show this year.

"When I found out that Spring Sing this year was going to be Broadway themed, I knew I had to try out for it," Martin said. "I was so excited."

New to the feature acts this year is a choreography team. The team will perform in a number from Disney's High School Musical 2.

The choreography for this number was put together by executive director Josh Bouye and senior Rachel Orr.

Junior Ryan Parker is one of the 15 background choreographers for the show.

Parker has been involved in Spring Sing through the band for the past 2 years, but has never choreographed for Spring Sing.

"It was tougher to get down all the moves than I expected, but it's coming together pretty good," Parker said.  

Junior Miriam Hobbes is doing background choreography because she saw it as a fun way to be involved in Spring Sing without the full commitment of a club show.

She said most of the other background choreographers joined for the same reason she did.  

"We have become such a tight-knit group now; I have also grown closer to friends who are part of it and made a lot of new friends," Hobbes said. "I think the fact that we are a much smaller group than a regular club, as well as coed, gives us a lot of freedom and more options in what we are able to do."

Hobbes said she appreciates the hard work Orr has put into the show.

"We all have had so much fun together," Hobbes said. "We know that High School Musical is really popular right now, so that just adds to our excitement in getting to share part of it in Spring Sing."

Hobbes hopes there will be similar opportunities to be a part of something similar in future Spring Sing shows.

Host Bryson Holley is a veteran to the stage in Hardeman and has participated in the group acts for the past two years.

He is also in New Reign, the university's a cappella group and participated in various productions in high school.

Holley said he normally doesn't get nervous, partly because he sticks to a routine before every show, and he is excited about the unique feel of this year's acts.

"This year's show has a different swing from last year's," Holley said. "I think it's going to be more energetic this time."

Freshman hostess Lacey Thomas has lived in Edmond all her life and because her mom works for the university, she has come to the Spring Sing show each year she was presented with the opportunity.  

"It's just been a little girl dream of mine to get up there and sing for this awesome show," Thomas said.  

Each host was chosen through a series of tryouts and call backs. Holley said there was a lot of competition throughout the process.

"It was really interesting to get to see, singing-wise, how much OC has to offer," Holley said.

Thomas has a variety of costumes throughout the show and enjoyed the preparations.

"I looked forward to going to practice because I knew I was going to have a blast," Thomas said. "Most of the time my stomach hurt afterward because I had laughed so much!"

Each host performs individually and in collaborations as a group between the club performances.

The feature acts include songs ranging from Disney favorites to Broadway classics.

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