The University Singers will begin their 54th season with the annual Fall Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Sursa Performance Hall. 

The evening will showcase new talent and a wide variety of songs, including “All that Jazz” and “Love Shack.” 

“Our philosophy of entertainment is guided by the four standards of singing songs of faith, hope, laughter and love,” said Alan Alder, director of the University Singers. “Each song in every show somehow fits into one of these important categories.”

Alder, who has directed the singers for 10 years, said this cabaret may not look too different from others, but the singers are always working to provide an even better performance. 

“I have some really amazing students who inspire me with their talent and passion,” Alder said. “Who wouldn’t feel lucky to have such a terrific job?”

While practicing, the singers are able to form a close community that includes current and past members.

“Being part of the University Singers is like being part of a big family,” said Hunter Okey, a senior interpersonal communications major and assistant company manager for the singers. “We have 54 years of history, and all 54 years of cast members are supporting the current cast. We all love to perform, but at the end of the day it’s great to remember that we are always here for one another.”

The singers rehearse three times a week in preparation for performances. Okey said they work hard in to make sure each performance is great. 

“University Singers always try our hardest to engage our audiences in our performances, so it is always fun to perform with each other and make sure our audience is having a great time as well,” Okey said.

There will be a dessert reception after the performance. General admission is $5, but students can get one free ticket in advance at the Emens Box Office.

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