At 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, OBU’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) will be hosting their annual Freshman Follies talent and variety show inside Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Freshman Follies is a freshman-led show that gives new students the opportunity to show off their talents on campus.
In the past, themes for Follies have been “Follie-ing Through the Decades,” “Clueless,” “The ‘Game Show’” and more.
But unlike past versions of Freshman Follies, this year’s show doesn’t have a specific theme.
Instead, it will consist of a running story that ties all the performances together.
Mallory Locke commented on the show and its contents on behalf of CAB.
“We are excited for the theme this year because it’s a little different than usual,” Locke said. “The show will be more of a running story.”
The show will feature scenes outlining the story and songs highlighting the plot. Like all large CAB shows, Freshman Follies will star a stage band, emcees and various talented acts all performing around this year’s central theme: a story about a freshman and Shaz – OBU’s mascot.
Locke provided a general synopsis of the running story providing structure for this year’s Freshman Follies.
“The idea is that there is a tale that if a new freshman makes fun of Ka-rip during welcome week,” Locke said. “When [that freshman puts] on their beanie, they begin to turn into our mascot, Shaz. The show will begin with telling the tale of the ‘cursed’ beanie and will walk through one of our freshmen emcees turning into Shaz.”
This year’s Freshman Follies will be directed by Rayann Williams and Bailee Brown. The emcees are, Jordyn Clinton, Madison Hart, Brendan Miller, Christian James, Roman James and Berry.
The solo acts for this year’s Freshman Follies are Hope Trent, Kamdyn Moody and Amaya Brooks. There will also be an act performed by a girl group called “Girl Bosses” consisting of Zoe Duck, Sarah Black and Hope Trent.
In-between acts, there will be a stage band to entertain the audience whilst the crew sets up for the next act. This year’s stage band will consist of Caleb Dyer, Aiden McCormick, Brock Brown, Brock Currie, Cameron Clark, Chester Brown and Emily Day.
Freshman Follies is free and open to the public. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m.
If you’re unable to attend Freshman Follies, there’s no need to fret. This is only the second of numerous CAB shows to occur throughout the semester. Later during the fall semester, CAB will also be putting on many smaller holiday themed shows including Kerr Christmas and Lodge of Love. Then the show season will end with a bang with the large CAB show, Spring Affair.
To keep up with CAB events, follow them on Instagram @oklahomabaptistuniversitycab.