Spring Sing is an annual event at Harding. It was “born” in 1973 (I think) so we kind of grew up together. It’s become one of the biggest recruiting weekends for the university and youth groups from all over country come to see it. There are four performances every year and each one sells out our 4,000 seat auditorium.
If you’ve never been to it, it’s hard to describe. It’s a student-created musical production and follows a similar format each year. Outside judges come in and awards are given. It’s very competitive. When we were in school the award money went back to the student organizations; now they donate it to local charities of their choice.
Before moving back to Searcy, Keith and I would often bring groups up for Spring Sing weekend. When we did, we usually took them to either the Friday night or Saturday afternoon show. However, one thing that EVERYONE should experience at least once in their life is a Saturday night Spring Sing show. It’s the last performance, the bugs have all been worked out and at the end, the awards are given out.
But that’s not the reason you should go. You should go because of the ENERGY that is in the building. For several years in a row I would drop in just in time for the finale and awards and I could physically FEEL the wall of energy when I walked into the auditorium. It’s hard to describe. The student performers are there, alumni are there, parents are there and they’re all a part of the dynamic.
So for those of you who never have experienced Spring Sing and for those of you who have and miss it, settle back and check it out. This is the finale from last year’s show and it was captured by an audience member so you get the full effect of the energy level in the audience at a Saturday night Spring Sing show.
Now — who wants tickets?