Before Freed-Hardeman University students went on spring break, they spent an entire weekend, striving to hit the right notes and polishing their choreography. Makin’ Music retreat weekend, March 16-18, was the big push before the show, “Live on East Main,” opens April 6 in Loyd Auditorium.
Three performances (April 6 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) will determine the winner of the 41st annual sweepstakes award. Five social clubs: Chi Beta Chi, Phi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Rho, Theta Nu and Xi Chi Delta, will compete for the coveted trophy.
Although spring break comes between retreat weekend and the show’s opening, Tony Allen, producer, sees the positives. “The same thing happened last year and we received mostly positive feedback. Students didn’t have to go through a long, exhausting retreat weekend and then straight into the week of Makin’ Music. The break helped last year and I think it will this year too,” he said.
Sandwiched between club performances, six female hostesses and the show band will entertain. Directed by Peggy Weaver of Jackson, Tennessee, the hostesses are Nikki Bautista, a biology major from Orlando, Florida; Emma Butt, a biology major from Peachtree City, Georgia; Conley Clouse, a sophomore early education and child and family studies major from Jackson, Tennessee; Sarah Hester, an elementary education major from Florence, Alabama; Elizabeth Hibbett, a social work major from Henderson; and Rebeckah Voce, a nursing and psychology major from Brentwood, Tennessee.
“I think the six hostesses will really impress everyone who comes to the show,” Allen said. “In fact, I know they will.”
Allen is assisted in the production of Makin’ Music by Kim Scott.
The show band, directed by FHU faculty member Steve Browning, will accompany hostess performances as well as entertain on their own. Members of the show band are lead guitarist Matthew Teague, a junior Bible major from Jackson, Tennessee; drummer Forest Antemesaris, senior Bible major from Winterhaven, Florida; Ian Jobe, junior biology major from Ramer, Tennessee, on bass; Ben Morris, senior accounting major from Henderson, on keyboards; and guitarist Mike Goodin, a sophomore from Lapeer, Michigan.
Student coordinators Rebecca Lawrence and Chad Brown are assisted by a team of students as they oversee the production boasting a cast of hundreds. Lawrence is a junior elementary education major, and Brown is pursuing dual degrees in business.
A trio of emcees: Matthew Johnson, Henderson, Tennessee; Mollie Comer, Amory, Mississippi; and Sutherland Shrader, Columbia, Tennessee, will introduce the various club entries and musical numbers. Jesse Forkum, Lebanon, Tennessee, the “voice” of Makin’ Music, will handle off-stage announcements.
Students, parents, alumni and prospective students are invited to come by Bader Green for Party on the Green Saturday, April 7, from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m. A performance by the Ambassadors and a live broadcast by The Lion 91.5 will entertain the crowd. Food trucks, inflatable jumpers, and a photo booth will also be on hand. Prospective students who stop by the photo booth will receive a special FHU gift.
Tickets for all three shows are still available, according to Allen. And, the audience should plan to stay for the whole show, according to him. “The closer is going to demonstrate why FHU has “the greatest show” among our sister schools,” he said.
Tickets are $17.50 for Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Saturday night’s show is $22.50. They may be ordered at MakinMusicTickets.com.
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