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Get Ready for Makin’ Music “The Music in Me”

Henderson, Tennessee - Mar 27, 2019

Freed-Hardeman University is bringing out the music in everyone with the 42nd annual Makin’ Music show “The Music in Me.” Show times are Friday, April 5, 2019, at 7:30pm, and Saturday, April 6, at 2:00pm and 7:30pm in Loyd Auditorium.

This year’s Makin’ Music show features seven hosts and hostesses, including: Emma Butt, Sarah Hester, Olivia Nash, David Rogers, Jacob Shelton, Paige Watson and Rebekah Voce. Matthew Johnson, Sierra Waggoner and Lucas Russo are this year’s masters of ceremonies while Wilson Miskelly and Amelia Rogers served as student coordinators for the show.

Makin’ Music producer Tony Allen said each year is special because of the teamwork each group uses to put on their best show. “It’s not about the shows or the skits themselves. It’s about the people who come together to create them. It’s how all of the individuals work together in a unique way to make everyone feel like they’re a part of something bigger than themselves, and this year we have a very special group working together,” he said.

This year’s Makin’ Music staff had a surprise visit from Matthew Morrison. A Broadway, film and television actor, Morrison is known from his portrayal of Will Schuester on Fox’s Glee, a show about a Spanish teacher put in charge of the school’s struggling glee club. He has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

“When he was talking about following your dreams, what went through my mind was even though everyone’s dreams might be different, they can all be achievable through passion, dedication and hard work,” Jaret Yancey, Phi Kappa Alpha director, said.

From seeing an idea come from infancy to fruition while crafting a show full of whimsy and escapism, every student and staff member has a different insight as to what Makin’ Music is to them and how it feels to be a part of the show.

“As a director, it is truly amazing to see your idea come to life and become even more than you thought it could be,” Faith Eden, Theta Nu director, said.

“People come to Makin' Music for two reasons: to relive the nostalgia of an old life or to be immersed in the world that their friends and family have created. With every song choice, we want it to make them dance. With every choreographed move, we want them to be mesmerized by how we did it. With every set piece, lyric choice, harmony and the smiles on the cast members’ faces, we want them to be immersed into our little world, no matter their reason for coming. Because at the heart of it all, Makin' Music is an escape. We just want to give them something to escape to,” Weston Stone, a Xi Chi Delta director, said.

Tickets for Friday, April 5, and Saturday afternoon, April 6, are $17.50. Saturday evening tickets are $22.50. Individuals may purchase tickets online at