The 55th annual Lipscomb University Singarama kicked off Thursday, April 5 with performances from three hard-working groups of students.

Each night, a panel of 18 judges will focus on one aspect of each group’s performance and announce a winner for that category. This year’s theme is “It Takes Two” and the judging the first night was on “Theme”—which group had the best plot and successfully incorporated music into the storyline.

The winner of Thursday’s performance was “Rise and Fall” directed by Taylor Sain.

On taking home the first category, sophomore Jonathan Sottek said “it’s significant because it means that our story was significant to people.”

“The way that we performed meant something as opposed to just being entertaining.”

This year’s hosts are Berkeley Boglin, Madeline McPherson, Savanna Stewart, Hudson Parker, Luke Howard and Peytan Porter.

This is McPherson’s second year hosting but, for her, no less special.

“It’s been a really cool community to have and I’ve been coming to Singarama since I was little so it’s been a dream of mine to be a hostess,” she said. “It’s been so good to be singing with people who also love to do the same thing.”

While the event is largely represented by social clubs, non-Greek Life friends are encouraged to join in on the fun. According to student body president Carson Panovec’s introduction video, this year has a record number of non-social club member participants.

There are three more shows this weekend. Vocal quality is the award for Friday night. Saturday’s matinee will feature the award for best staging. Saturday night’s grand finale includes the award for “Sweepstakes” — which includes audience appeal and showmanship.

“I feel really good about the first night and we’ll see what happens next, it’s going to be great,” McPherson said.

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