Sophomore Musical Strengthens Community at Asbury – Asbury University
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March 31, 2016

Students performing in a musical on stage
This weekend, the tradition continues as Asbury University’s Vindicated Class of 2018 stages “High School Musical” in Hughes Auditorium.

WILMORE, Ky. — At Asbury University, class identity is a core part of community life. It means that every new freshman class at Asbury is given a name, a Bible verse, a class hymn and special mentorship from faculty and members of the junior class. It means that classes grow together during their college experience through retreats, class prayer, game nights and special events. And every year, it means the sophomore class participates in a long-standing tradition: Sophomore Musical. 

The tradition continues this weekend as Asbury University’s Vindicated Class of 2018 stages “High School Musical” in Hughes Auditorium. (View photo gallery below). The show opened Thursday night, and remaining performances will take place on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at Noon and 6 p.m. in Hughes. Admission is free.

Produced from start to finish by the sophomore class each year, Sophomore Musical plays an important role in strengthening the vibrant community life that makes Asbury unique.

“Sophomore Musical is a great way to build community, and this is the ideal time to do it,” said Madison Farrar ’18, director of this year’s Sophomore Musical. “It’s really important to build this community now, because as college gets more stressful, you have this experience to look back on. It’s a lot of work and a lot of time, and getting to do it with your class is a really cool bonding experience.”

This time around, the Sophomore Musical experienced some delays, schedule changes and other hurdles, but Farrar says the experience has brought her class closer together.

“It has really forced us to rely on each other, trust God and work hard to make this happen,” Farrar said. “The cast has poured so much into this show to make it the best it can be, and people will be able to tell that we’ve worked unbelievably hard to make this show happen.”

In addition to the bonding that comes with hours of hard work, Farrar says Sophomore Musical has been a great way to show off the talents of her classmates, many of whom had never participated in a musical before.

“It allows a class to establish itself on campus,” Farrar said. “You’re able to showcase what the class is and show that to the rest of campus pretty early on in your college career, and it’s an awesome experience for everyone.”


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