“Give me your tired, your bored, your unentertained masses yearning for a show,” is the cry of Oklahoma Baptist University’s Campus Activities Board as they host their annual variety show Spring Affair – this time with a distinct American theme. “Star-Spangled Spring Affair” will arrive at OBU in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium Saturday, April 16. The show begins at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30. The free event is open to the OBU community as well as the general public.
The production is under the direction of seniors Bruna Gomes and Meg Reeder. Decorations, skits, songs and more will reflect a uniquely American theme.
“We chose Star-Spangled Spring Affair because we wanted an understandable theme with a lot of skit and song possibilities,” Reeder said.
“There is little to no doubt what our show will be about, but it also leaves a lot of room for a bunch of ideas,” Gomes said. “Further, an American theme during an election year is a perfect win-win situation.”
Gomes is a marketing major from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Reeder is a communication studies major from Shawnee. Both Gomes and Reeder have a history with past CAB productions in either emcee or board roles.
The night’s musical entertainment will feature the University’s student-comprised stage band, The Beets, as well as eight musical acts: The Lodge of Villains, BTF, Sydnie Randolph, The Conscientious Objectors, Musicians Anonymous, To Infinity and Beyoncé, American Reeder, and Bradley and the Jetts.
“We are always proud of the talent that shows up to audition for our featured musical acts,” Gomes said. “Like always, it was so hard for CAB to choose the musical acts for this show. The acts we selected stood out to us. I think that the audience is going to love them.”
Seven emcees were selected to create and present several skits throughout the show which will complement the performances of both the stage band and the featured acts. This year’s emcee entourage includes junior Blake Randolph and senior Matt Welborn, who will take on the roles of video emcees to broaden the media used in the show. Joining the two will be senior Travis DeWall, sophomore Jordan Hunt, junior Lauren Morgan, sophomore Paden Rogers and freshman Chance Stillwell.
“One of the most exciting parts of this show is that only two of our emcees have ever been in a show before,” Gomes said. “That means we have fresh faces bringing their comedic talent to the stage.”
“We cordially invite OBU students, their families and the general public to our Spring Affair,” Reeder said. “It may not be summer yet, but Walmart already has their 4th of July stuff for sale. Let this show ring in summer for you as you celebrate what it is to be American.”
The Campus Activities Board sponsors three major talent and variety shows each academic year: Biggie, Freshman Follies and Spring Affair. Biggie is hosted near the beginning of the school year and is reserved for upperclassmen presenters. Freshman Follies showcases freshman talent each fall, and Spring Affair is open to all students. Acts and emcees must audition for each show and are selected by members of CAB.