By: Alex Spinder
Xavier University Singers is a unique group of 12-14 students who sing, dance and perform with a live band circling around a distinct theme each semester.
In order to learn more about the club and to fuel anticipation for its next show, the Xavier Newswire sat down with senior Zachary Julian, one of the members of this performing arts group.
Xavier Newswire (XN): How does the group decide on a theme and then compile a show revolving around that?
Zachary Julian (ZJ): There are many things which influence our show’s theme every semester.
Danny Manning, our director, knows what’s best for the group and caters to the students. We like to have a lot of different styles for our show.
The theme this year is “‘80s Time Warp,” so we will have hair groups, girl bands and so much more.
Our theme has reflected many decades in the past like the ‘60s and ‘70s, and doing the ‘80s was a great choice.
XN: What kind of music can we expect to hear at the show in December?
ZJ: There will definitely be crowd favorites and hits that everyone will recognize.
We will have songs from ‘80s movies and some less-known songs.
For instance, our opener is a medley of Ghostbusters and Danger Zone.
We will also feature artists like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Madonna.
XN: What does Singers mean to you?
ZJ: I first fell in love with the live-music experience and how different the club was from any other club.
I love being a part of something like that. The mixture of solos, dances, ensemble numbers – it’s something that you don’t see everywhere.
I love this group with all my heart. I want the Xavier population to know and understand and love it as much as I do.
XN: Tell me about the members of your club.
ZN: We lost five seniors after last year. It’s been a challenge trying to replace all of them for this year.
Gaining the first year and sophomore talent for this year has changed the group in a different yet awesome direction.
With different people, you have different talents and specialties.
The direction that we are going is for the better.
The Singers show will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre. Tickets bought in advance will be $5 for students and $10 for adults.
Tickets purchased at the door will be $7 for students and $12 for adults.
The group will also host an all-day fundraiser at Currito on Wednesday, Nov. 20.