Step Sing. I heard about it many times before I even officially became a Samford student. I knew it was a big deal, but I really had no idea until the actual season began. I knew from the start that I wanted to be a part of it and was so excited when I found out that I would get to be a part of Samford's first ever freshman co-ed show. We called ourselves FreshMix and truly had a blast together. I think one thing about our group that caused us to work well together was that we all really wanted to succeed! We wanted to create a show that we could be proud of and ultimately that would not look like anything that had ever been done before. We wanted to create a buzz throughout the Samford community.
Our theme was The Bond, a take on James Bond and the secret agent life that he leads. Our music was fantastic! We had songs incorporated in the show like Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Secret Agent Man, Live and Let Die, and Jumpin Jumpin to name a few. One of the crowd pleasers was our step routine during the song Paper Planes. When I first started out, I was a little unsure that we would be able to put a whole production together in only two and a half weeks, but amazingly it did happen. It was a ton of work but we all enjoyed every step. I had rehearsal every weeknight for a couple of hours, and then we would have a longer rehearsal that normally lasted 5 or 6 hours on Saturdays.
Throughout the time we were rehearsing, we would have tech rehearsals where we would get to practice our show on the stage in the Wright Center. Not even that could prepare me for what I would encounter when the actual Step Sing weekend came. During dress rehearsal when all the other groups were in the Wright Center watching, the energy was astounding. It was amazing being on stage with all the lights flashing and people cheering, but the shout outs from my fellow classmates were the best. It made it so incredibly exciting!
It is tradition at Samford during Step Sing for all the shows to meet on the Quad an hour before we are supposed to be seated in the Wright Center. We would hang out, talk, pump each other up, and take pictures. I loved being able to go around and find my friends and take pictures with them in character to truly capture the moment. When Saturday night (Sweepstakes night) rolled around, the energy was at an all time high. I think everyone was so ready to see who would take it all. There were so many incredible shows; the judges had a hard task in front of them. And even though it was my third time see the show in its entirety, it was still just as amazing and intriguing as the first time I had seen it. It was truly a one of a kind and fantastic experience.
It was also so wonderful to see the impact that we as a school had on our Step Sing philanthropy, Terra Nova Academy. We raised over $12,000 to help support their efforts to promote quality Christian education in Uganda. Another thing that made Step Sing so special was that I got to know so many more people. I met a lot of people in my class who I had never even seen before! It was an awesome way to make more connections and create a stronger bond with those who are apart of this incredible school. I will say that in the few weeks since Step Sing, I have found that I have much more free time than I did during those few intense weeks of practice. Although it is nice to have more time, I miss it a lot and have already started looking forward to next year. After my experience, I can absolutely see why people here at Samford call Step Sing season one of the best times of the year!