Joy and sadness, fear and disgust and anger too – these are all emotions Oklahoma Christian University freshman are bringing to the surface with Freshman Fanfare.
“In the past, the theme has dealt more with what the emcees do and say during the show and not so much involving the group acts in the theme,” sophomore Jenni Jones, director for Freshman Fanfare, said. “But this year, with the theme being ‘Inside Out,’ the emcees will be doing stuff involving the emotions and so will the group acts. There a song for each of the emotions you see displayed in the movie. Joy, sadness, disgust, anger and fear will be part of the show.”
A committee of four assistant directors including senior Reid Reding and sophomores Caleb Ruff, Kenzie Minor and Anna Dindak assist Jones with the production.
Jones said it is helpful it is her boss, Amanda Watson’s, first time advising and supervising a Freshman Fanfare production.
“She said we’re going to treat it like a mini Spring Sing show since that’s essentially what it is and I said okay,” Jones said. “We’re just kind of winging it, but I think it’s turned out really well and I can’t wait to see how people respond to it.”
Jones said she feels Fanfare is important because of the comradery it brings the freshmen who decide to be involved in the production.
“I think it’s really important for the upperclassmen on campus to support the underclassmen,” Jones said. “It’s really cool because we’ve had groups of upperclassmen come in and bring the freshman snacks to show support for them during practices. It lets the freshmen know that they are really important when the upperclassmen take the time to support them like that, even in small ways.”
Jones said there is a lot of talent from the freshman involved in this year’s show.
“A freshman composed his own piano piece specifically for Fanfare and I feel like that normally doesn’t happen,” Jones said. “He managed to incorporate OC’s alma mater at the end of it and I started crying when he auditioned. It was just so beautiful and I cannot wait for people to hear it and come to the show.”
Freshman Fanfare shows are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.
Student, faculty and staff admission is free with presentation of an Oklahoma Christian ID at the door for entry.