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34th Annual Songfest Premiered at Pepperdine
Pepperdine University presented its 34th annual Songfest from March 20 through March 24, on the University's Malibu campus.
Created in 1973, Songfest is one of Pepperdine's greatest and most unique traditions, shared by students, alumni, and the greater Pepperdine family. Originally titled "Spring Sing" and held in the cafeteria of the Los Angeles campus, the program eventually changed its name to Songfest and is now presented in Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre to a sold-out audience.
This musical variety show features a cast of nearly 300 students and a live orchestra, but more importantly, provides an opportunity for students to establish wonderful friendships and create life-long memories. Students join together in groups to create 12-minute-long shows featuring singing, dancing, creative sets, costumes, and completely original student-written scripts all based upon a central theme. With the 2007 year's theme titled "Caught in a Tale Spin," students focused their acts on classic childhood fairytales.
In addition to the group performances, Songfest also features several performances by the Songfest Hosts. The hosts make up a small ensemble of very talented students who spend several months preparing specially arranged music, choreography, and theme-based skits. These mini performances help to orient the audience throughout the show, while also providing smooth transitions from group to group.