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Sing judges' expertise helps performers

Feb. 22, 2001

4 shows graded on music, theme



Hardly noticeable, they sit in the back of Waco Hall during each performance of 'All University Sing.' To the audience, they may go unnoticed, but Sing performers know every move is carefully watched by the four of them as they quietly sit in the last row.

The judges may not sit in the front row, but their focus is solely on the performers and the technical aspects of their shows.

Judges score each acts' four performances during sing and decide which groups will perform at Pigskin Revue the following fall.

'The judges are chosen by referrals, the area theaters, involvement with the student body or their background in music, dance or theater,' said Chad Peterson, coordinator of special performances.

A new set of judges is used for each of the four performances to score the acts on music, creativity, choreography, theme and entertainment value.

The judges are chosen the previous fall and are sent packets of information about Sing. They are informed of all the rules and have an opportunity to ask questions before the performance.

Judges for the first Friday performance, which is more commonly known as Club Night, include Baylor faculty members who are knowledgeable in theater arts.

The judges' scores for Friday night are not included in the final scoring and serve as preliminary criticism intended to improve future performances.

Marla George, Sing chairwoman for Kappa Chi Alpha, said the comments made by the judges were helpful, and a few adjustments were made to their act, Spirit of A New Generation, before the next performance.

Sam Urbantke, associate director in the office of admissions and Club Night judge, said judging was one of the hardest things that she has had to do.

'Trying to be fair, watching every little detail and all the while writing comments is very difficult,' Urbantke said. 'We give them feedback on how entertaining the show was and also technical improvements that can be made.'

While Urbantke's background consisted of more singing, Dr. Mark Morman, also a Club Night judge, was educated in stage performance.

'I have done theater since I was a little boy,' said Morman, assistant professor of communication studies. 'I went to undergraduate school on a speech and theater scholarship and have won national forensic awards, which are individual events in debate.'

Morman was very impressed with the choreography and the synchronization of the dancing but wishes he could have given some of his comments two weeks prior to Club Night.

'I wanted to make comments that were useful and meaningful,' Morman said.

Morman and Urbantke judged Friday night along with Heather Scott and Jessica Truglio, the community service coordinator for student activities.

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