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Release date: March 24, 2004
Wayland's Spirit to present variety show

SpiritPLAINVIEW – Different. That's the word Debbie Flournoy uses most to describe the upcoming variety show planned by Spirit, the premiere performance ensemble from Wayland Baptist University. With musical numbers from country to sacred and choreographed swing numbers, the show promises to be unlike what audiences have seen from the group in the past.

Spirit will present their Spring Fling Variety Show on Thursday, April 1 and Friday, April 2, at the Fair Theatre in downtown Plainview. Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.

              The show will feature musical numbers from a variety of genres, including a patriotic salute to the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces overseas. A full color guard will be present for this portion of the show.

              Flournoy, assistant professor of music education and the group's director, said audiences can also expect a spoof of Fox's hit TV series “American Idol,” complete with guests playing celebrity judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.

              “We really want to share what we do with the community,” Flournoy said. “There's something in the show that will appeal to everyone. It's fun, it's light and it's for the whole family.”

              Flournoy, who taught for 12 years in the Lubbock Independent School District before joining the Wayland faculty in the fall, is excited at the caliber of students participating in Spirit. Three of the students earned Texas All-State honors in high school, and two others were All-Area honorees. All group members are capable soloists as well, Flournoy noted, so the show is able to highlight each vocalist and the ensemble.

              Besides being fun, Flournoy said the group is also designed to help teach Wayland music students – who will be tomorrow's music teachers – to lead musical ensembles in the public schools and “make music fun and exciting.” The group will be taking their program on tour to Alaska in April, performing at the Wayland campuses in Fairbanks and Anchorage as well as high schools, Christian schools, churches and two outreach ministries. The group will do about 60 performances for the year after their tour.

              Spirit includes Jessica Lynch of White Deer, Anna Romersberger of Alaska, Alan Yarbrough of Andrews, Caleb Hailey of Grapevine, and Labrina Lang, Jamar Jordan, Amber Wiley and David Harper, all of Lubbock. Jordan will also serve as emcee for the event.

              Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students of any age. Tickets may be purchased from the Fair Theatre Box Office or any member of Spirit. For more information, call 291-1075.