Pepperdine students will come together for the 41st year to perform at Songfest, the annual musical variety show featuring a student cast of hundreds and a live orchestra. One of the university's longest standing traditions, Songfest performances will commence each evening at Smothers Theatre at 7:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Mar. 11, and continuing through Friday, Mar. 14. The matinee performance will be held Saturday, Mar. 15 at 2 p.m., and the final show will be that evening at 7:30 p.m.
This year, the production will celebrate the theme "Bright Lights, Big City," which will highlight the music, culture, sights, sounds, and people of domestic and international cities chosen by the performance groups. Each year, students of every kind join together in groups, each of which presents a 12-minute-long show that features singing, dancing, creative sets, costumes, and an original script based upon the central theme, which is specifically unique to each year's Songfest.
The groups are given two weeks to write their own scripts, create their own choreography, and design their own sets and costumes. At the end of the two-week preparatory period, the performances begin.
The Songfest tradition began in 1973 in the cafeteria of Pepperdine's Los Angeles campus. Now in its 41st year, Songfest is one of Pepperdine's most well-known and enjoyed events of the year, with students performing to sold-out audiences time and time again.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.