Musical fun found in “Echoing Scare”

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Students and family gathered in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall to experience Halloween on campus with the musical performance of “Echoing Scare” on Oct. 30.

“Echoing Scare” brings together students from the University of Indianapolis, Butler University, Marian University and area high schools to perform together and celebrate Halloween in a way for all ages to enjoy.

The concert also featured the Echoing Air ensemble. The ensemble was started by Faculty Adjunct of Music Steven Rickards, and includes Nathan Medley, Jeffery Collier, Keith Collins, Faculty Adjunct of Music Thomas Gerber and Christine Kyprianides.


Students from various universities perform together in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. The concert took place on Oct. 30. Photo by Tez Lately

The performers began the concert by hustling onto the stage and singing “Echoing Scare,” written by Rickards.

The night had certain themes, beginning with a hodgepodge of classic Halloween icons, such as witches, vampires, wizards and cats.

Each song was either performed by the whole company, a few students, or a faculty member playing an instrumental piece.

Sophomore exercise science and pre-occupational therapy major Kirby Jones said her favorite song was “Duetto buffo di due Gatti.” Jones enjoyed the song because it included the sounds of cats.

Sophomore exercise science and pre-occupational therapy major Jen Massey said “Dueto buffo di due Gatti” was her favorite as well.  Another piece she enjoyed was “Count Dracula’s Czardas,” which was about a “very friendly vampire” whose “bite is worse than his bark,” according to the lyrics in the program.

Assistant director Shannon Christie announced the winners and honorable mentions of the costume contest that took place during the concert.

Three children were given a small goody bag for honorable mention. Third place was awarded to the little girl dressed as a ballerina. Second place was awarded to the students dressed as Mike and Boo from “Monsters Inc.,” and first place was awarded to the family who dressed up as characters from Mario.

Although Jones enjoyed herself, she said she wished more students knew about the event.

“I know a lot of people who didn’t know anything was going on. They could have publicized it better to the student body,” Jones said.

“Echoing Scare” ended with “The Addams Family” and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.”

Jones and Massey said “Echoing Scare” may become a new tradition to add to their Halloween list.

Jones said, “It could be a fun UIndy tradition for me and my friends.”

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