9/23/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University Theatre's Drop of a Hat Players, a traveling musical revue troupe, is accepting bookings for the 2011-2012 season beginning Oct. 15 through May 2 based on performer availability.
Performing classic and contemporary Broadway show tunes with a pianist, the troupe is available to perform at banquets, meetings, parties, civic group engagements or other special events from October through April.
Directed by Fabio Polanco, assistant professor of theatre, the 2011-2012 troupe includes seniors Madeline Beer of Shelby, Helena Marshall of Massillon and Andrew Rothhaar of Mansfield; juniors Jordan Black of Ashland, Emily Plank of West Salem, Brandy Riha of Geneva and Johanna Regan of Killingworth, Conn.; sophomores Christina Neely of Jeromesville, Katie Mounts of Greenwich, Jacob Poiner of Wellington, Derek Jackenheimer of Ashland, Kelsey Bowens of Willoughby, Emily Jeppesen of Jefferson and Rebecca Ribley of Medina; and freshmen Brandon Wurgess of Fremont and Chris Sherer of Shelby. Music director and accompanist is senior Eddie Carney of Madison, while senior Brittany Hartman of Strongsville is the choreographer.
Drop of a Hat Players must be booked at least two weeks in advance of the requested event. Due to students' busy class, rehearsal and production schedules, shows are scheduled around their on-campus responsibilities usually in the evenings or on weekends. Performances are 20 to 60 minutes in length depending upon need. Donations for the performances are customary and encouraged. Founded in the early 1990s as an outreach program for the Ashland University Theatre Department, the group also provides a performance training opportunity for students.
Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.