Homecoming 2013 marks 50-plus years for the popular student-run extravaganza at Hardin-Simmons University. Complete with lively music, costumes, and well-tuned musical vocals, students have been putting together All-School SING for audiences ever since Behrens Auditorium was built in 1961.
The extravagant and always-humorous Homecoming performance is a not-to-be-missed event for returning alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the Big Country and Abilene community.
The show is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 11-12, 2013, in HSU’s Behrens Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. On Thursday, October 10, 2013, HSU students, faculty/staff, and alums can view the dress rehearsal performance at a reduced price.
Two music fraternities plan and prepare for the student-produced show, which showcases some of the best musical talent at Hardin-Simmons. Money raised by the fraternities goes to help with scholarships for high school students attending HSU’s summer music camps and for major expenses incurred by the HSU Collage of Fine Arts.
Social clubs and classes are given seven to nine minutes to put on fully choreographed, vocal, orchestra-accompanied numbers. Acts from previous years have spanned from Broadway and musical show tunes, to dancing white-gloved hands in the darkened auditorium.
The individual acts are eligible for five awards: Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Creativity, Runner-up, and First Place. The shows are judged on Friday and Saturday nights by a panel of five judges, with a different panel of judges each night.
All-School SING is hosted and planned by Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Mu Alpha, the two music fraternities at Hardin-Simmons, as a College of Fine Arts fundraiser. However, the show is a collaborative effort of many student organizations across the campus with more than 200 students involved in the production.
In addition to the competitive numbers, other acts keep the audience entertained in-between performances including the “World-Famous” Cowboy band and the Spurs Dance Team.