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An Inside Look at Makin' Music

Mary Beth Morris, FHU freshman, shares her experience

I love Makin’ Music. I attended my first Makin’ Music in 2002, and I have not missed a show since then. As a faculty kid, I grew up around Freed-Hardeman, and I could not wait to be in college and be a part of Makin’ Music. Now that I am a freshman at FHU and in the cast of my social club’s show, I am finally getting to experience Makin’ Music first-hand and discovering how much work actually goes into the production. Makin’ Music is still weeks away, yet our cast is already busy fitting costumes and learning songs and choreography. I know that my schedule is just going to get more hectic as Makin’ Music approaches, but I am enjoying every minute of it and am blessed to have this experience.

Makin’ Music is celebrating its 35th year, which means that the audience is in for an exciting production. In honor of the anniversary, Makin’ Music 2012 is being dedicated to those who were involved in the very first Makin’ Music, with interviews and videos being incorporated throughout the show. Makin’ Music will bring hundreds of visitors to Loyd Auditorium April 13 and 14 for FHU’s biggest weekend of the year.

One of the most anticipated aspects of Makin’ Music is the social club competition. FHU’s six social clubs: Chi Beta Chi, Gamma Tau Omega, Phi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Rho, Theta Nu, and Xi Chi Delta, have created shows lasting no longer than seven minutes. Each club will be competing in various categories, with the Makin’ Music trophy being the ultimate prize. This year is also the 100th anniversary of FHU’s oldest social club, Sigma Rho; more than 200 Sigma Rho alumni plan to be in the audience for Saturday night’s performance.

Makin’ Music is truly a campus-wide production, offering students opportunities to participate outside of the club shows. Ansley Goodman, Blake Jenkins, Rachael Weaver, Jamie Williams, Leah Young and Travis Young have the honor of being Makin’ Music hosts and hostesses. Cody Poe, Anna Segala and Bradley Field will serve as the emcees, with Wayne Scott returning as the voice of Makin’ Music. The coordinators for this year’s show are Emma Danley, Shelley Carter and Jeff Collier. The Makin’ Music show band and staff have already dedicated countless hours to making this production a success.

The show times for Makin’ Music are Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For more information on Makin’ Music 2012, visit Tickets may be purchased at

Mary Beth Morris is a freshman from Henderson. Her dad, Dr. Stephen Morris, is an associate professor of political science at FHU.

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Grits   3/13/2012 8:25:31 AM
Hmmmm. I bet Sigma Rho "wins" this year.
Portia Johnson   3/13/2012 10:57:09 PM
I HOPE Sigma Rho wins this year. When they do, it will be the reward for excellence and many, many hours of dedication to this very special event.
Barbara Reeger Byerly   3/14/2012 7:38:24 AM
I was part of the first show in 1977 and Alpha Tau won! It was a great time and thanks for reminding me of it! Good Luck
David Milner   3/19/2012 2:06:37 PM
My wife and I were in the very first one with Lambda. I even have a copy of the first Makin Music Book showing the different productions, list of participants, clubs, residence halls, host/hostess, classes etc. I believe the Senior class won in there division with Working in the Coal Mines

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