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Students put on best act for parents

Sept. 20, 1996

By Lauren Grillot

Lariat Reporter

Parents Weekend is a time for students' families to see if their money is being put to good use, but it is also a time for the annual After Dark variety show.

After Dark began years ago as a variety show for parents attending Parents' Weekend and since then its popularity has attracted many who would like to participate.

'After Dark is going to be amazing this year,' said Jeremy McCasland, a Houston senior who has been involved in After Dark for several years.

Of the 62 auditions, there were 12 acts chosen. Three choirs and nine student and faculty acts are planned for the presentation. The Baylor Religious Hour Choir, Living Proof and Heavenly Voices will perform the choral acts.

Dr. Bill Thomas, professor of accounting, will perform three songs throughout the evening. He will perform with his wife, whom he met through his participation in music, and will be accompanied by his former undergraduate roommate Tony Pryor, now a Houston attorney.

Susan Burnett, a Waco graduate student, will perform a vocal solo.

Grant Walsh, a Dallas freshman, has performed magic on NBC and channel 8 news and will appear in this year's program as well.

Doug McNee, a Houston freshman, will perform a bagpipe solo.

Chris Olejak, a Court Springs, Texas senior; Ryan Haney, a Baytown senior and Justin Whitaker, an Arlington senior; will perform a drumline routine.

Jarret McDonald, a Houston sophomore will sing a Gospel medley.

Brooke Escobedo, a San Antonio freshman, will perform a jump rope routine.

'She can jump the life outta that rope,' McCasland said.

Christopher Hanke, a Hot Springs, Ark., and Kirsten Somora, a Plano junior will perform, 'Sue Me' from the Broadway Show Guys and Dolls .

'I'm really excited about After Dark this year,' Hanke said. 'This will be the first time Kirsten and I have been able to sing a duet together. We were min-con leaders during Welcome Week last year, and we've been friends ever since.'

Sisters Shannon and Lauren Kelly , a Carrollton senior and a freshman, will sing a duet of 'Faith Without Works.'

Brothers Scott and David James, a Palestine junior and freshman, will perform a song written by Scott called, 'Blind Can't See.' The song will feature Scott on the guitar while David will play the harmonica.

Melody Madden, a Little Rock, Ark. sophomore, will sing 'The Power of a Dream' as Jennifer Lynn Watson, an Athens freshman, interprets through sign language.

Gannon Simms, a Conroe sophomore, will sing 'This is the Moment.'

The Masters of Ceremonies for the evening will be Robert Bobo, an Arlington junior, and Ashley Cherry, a Plano junior.

The production is tonight with performances at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are available at the Baylor Ticket Office for $10.

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