For 38 years now, Freed-Hardeman students have observed their own special rite of spring. If it’s April, it must be time for Makin’ Music. Roughly a third of the undergraduate student body finds itself caught up in the madness. And that’s just in the cast.
This year saw Sigma Rho take the sweepstakes trophy for their production of “Up, Up and MIA.” XI Chi Delta and Theta Nu took second and third places for “Mine All Mine” and “A Hassle in the Castle,” respectively. Theta Nu also won the Spirit of Makin’ Music award.
Six hosts and hostesses and the Makin’ Music Show Band entertained the audience between club shows. Hosts and hostesses were Matt Kyser, Houston, Texas; Patrick Spears, Cordova, Tennessee; Charlie Stoltz, Culleoka, Tennessee; Madison Jobe, Ramer, Tennessee; Jennifer Trimble, Spring Hill, Tennessee; and Haley Webster, Winfield, Alabama. The entire production was coordinated by Tommy Genduso, Apex, North Carolina, and Katy Holmsley, Sheffield, Texas.
This year’s show was called “Written in These Walls.” Instead of a traditional dedication of the program to an individual or individuals, coordinators Holmsley and Genduso chose to make a statement to those who have “written in these walls.”
In their remarks, they specifically mentioned these individuals: E. Claude Gardner, Sam and Rhonda Jones, Kirk Brothers, Wayne Scott, Ben Flatt and Clay and Ginger Young.
The program read: “There are some who have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows this past year. Our dedication this year is not as much a dedication to these folks as it is a statement: No matter what life throws at us, we will always be a family. We are united in our love, our hope and our friendships as well as our experiences within these walls. We are here for each other now, and we refuse to forget those who have gone on before us. The memories written in these walls unite us and make us one.”
Through the Years
2--clubs have competed all 38 years
4—number of Weavers who have been a host or hostess
9--years Tony Allen has produced Makin’ Music
17--years Peggy Weaver has worked with hosts and hostesses
19—most sweepstakes trophies won by a single club
38--years of Makin’ Music madness
1 sweepstakes winner
6 hosts and hostesses
5 judging categories
6 club shows
15 student managers, coordinators
28 club directors
37 different costume designs
46 songs parodied
276 hours of scheduled club rehearsals (46 x 6)
434 cast members
1,302 (estimated) yards of poly satin (based on 3 yards per costume)
6,000 (estimated) audience members
a gazillion sequins