The Edmond Sun

March 4, 2013

Spring Sing highlights 2013 Spring Visit to OC campus


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian University and its social service clubs will present the Disney-themed Spring Sing show, “The Wonderful World of OC,” on March 7-9.

Spring Sing coincides with Spring Visit weekend, which brings hundreds of prospective students from across the globe to OC’s Oklahoma City campus each year.

The four Spring Sing performances will be Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the OC Box Office in the Garvey Center each weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket reservations may be placed by phone at 425-5545.

“Spring Sing is a good time to visit OC because you get to see so much campus involvement — in everyone from students to staff,” Spring Sing Staff Advisor Amanda Watson said. “It gives high school visitors a chance to see what it looks like to be involved on our campus in a positive fun way, and gets them excited about becoming a future Eagle.”

Ten social service clubs and a group representing the freshman class have prepared for this year’s show since January. The women of Gamma Rho, Iota Kappa Phi, Lambda Chi Zeta, Pi Zeta Phi and Theta Theta Theta will take the stage. Five of OC’s six men’s clubs — Alpha Gamma Omega, Chi Lambda Phil, Delta Gamma Sigma, Kappa Sigma Tau and Psi Epsilon — also will perform.

Chi Lambda Phi has won nine of the past 11 shows, with Gamma Rho winning the other two in that span. Chi is on a three-win streak and will bring Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin to life on the Spring Sing stage this year.

Student hosts and hostesses emcee Spring Sing and perform songs between each club’s show. This year’s hosts and hostesses are seniors Katelyn Jackson, Sarah Risley and Brian Wilcox, junior Megan Helterbrand, sophomore Jabbarri Jones and freshman Sean Steele.

Junior Lee Branch will be the third member of the Branch family to direct Spring Sing. His father, Alfred, directed in 1984 and his sister, Meagan, directed in 2011. Alfred Branch went on to serve as OC’s fifth president and now serves on the OC Board of Trustees.

“After growing up in Edmond and going to Spring Sing for as long as I can remember, then hearing about when my dad directed and witnessing my sister direct the show two years ago, having this opportunity to direct this year’s show has meant so much to me,” Lee Branch said

Branch is president of Delta Gamma Sigma and directed Delta’s club show last year.

“Being executive director is a unique opportunity to not only manage and work with people, but also challenge your creativity,” Branch said. “I am excited for everyone to see what the hosts and hostesses are bringing this year, they have been working so hard all semester and are amazing performers.”

Other students involved in the production of Spring Sing 2013 are Assistant Director Natalie Howard, Club Coordinator Danielle Reall, Band and Vocal Director Reece Kingcade, Advertising Sales Coordinator Emily Grelle, Treasurer Jaynes Parker, Executive Producer Mary Watson, Choreography and Costumes Coordinator Hannah Faye Foster, Lobby Design Coordinator Taylor Davis, Tech Director Kandyce Moore and Light Design and Sound Coordinator Zeke Gustafson.

Spring Sing has been an OC tradition since 1969, when former Chorale director Ken Adams was inspired by a performance he saw elsewhere. Executive Director of Alumni Relations Bob Lashley served as Spring Sing adviser for 12 years, and Watson is in her second year advising after being involved as an OC student and directing her club show.

“Each person involved in Spring Sing in whatever way has memorable moments and performances,” Watson said. “That’s the beauty of it.”



FOR MORE information, go to www.oc.edu/springsing or call the OC Box Office at 425-5545.