Xavier Singers hopes to spook and entertain

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~

This Halloween Xavier students have not only candy and costumes to look forward to, but
also the Xavier Singers premiere of “Fear of the Dark,” a music and dance show featuring a live rock n’ roll band. Xavier Singers is “comprised of 12 of Xavier’s most talented singers and dancers and is backed by a band of professional musicians from around the Cincinnati area,” Aaron Moore, president of the Xavier Singers said.

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Singers’ ensemble from the 2014 spring show, “Welcome to the New Age”

Every year, Xavier Singers puts on a show in which all of the singing and dancing revolves around a theme. This year, the show is Halloween-themed with the Singers portraying various undead characters.

“It’s kind of like an undead zombie theme,” Moore, who plays an undead groom, said. Xavier Singers’ performances generally showcase genres such as jazz, a cappella, rock, jazz and pop in order to appeal to a wider audience.

“Fear of the Dark” continues this tradition by utilizing the music of Beyoncé, Michael Jackson and One Republic, as well as other songs “about love or death,” Treasurer Redmond Millerick said.

“It’s important to know that sometimes we’ll mash them together,” Moore said. “They’re not the full song so the audience doesn’t sit there like ‘Ok, here’s this song and I have to sit for five minutes until the next one.’” “Fear of the Dark” is about more than just the music. Xavier Singers wants the audience to participate in the show, as well.

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Singers debuts a fitting and eclectic Halloween show

“Audience response is our favorite,” Vice President Bill Bentley said. “We have fun when (the audience) is engaged, when the audience can sit there and laugh and smile and sing along and dance along with what we’re doing,” Millerick said. “We want to make it a really interactive experience.” Xavier Singers also requests that people come dressed for the occasion and embrace the Halloween spirit.

“We’re definitely welcoming people to come in costume,” Moore said. “Fear of the Dark” will be
shown starting at 7 p.m., Oct. 31 through Nov. 1. Tickets will be on sale 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 28-30 in the Fenwick Place foyer. Tickets will be $5 for students and $10 for adults if bought in advance. At the door, ticket prices will be $7 for students and $12 for adults.