Ashland University Drop of a Hat Players to Present Annual Showcase Performances

3/16/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University Theatre’s Drop of a Hat Players, a musical theatre revue troupe, presents two performances for its 2012 Spring Showcase on Sunday, April 1, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., in the Studio Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Although the performance is free and open to the public, audience members are encouraged to reserve a free ticket through the Ashland University box office to guarantee a seat in the intimate theatre venue. The box office is open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached at 419.289.5125.


From “Cabaret” and “The Sound of Music” to “Spamalot” and “Toy Story 2,” the performance promises to cover more than 50 years of musical theatre gems. The students will perform more than 20 songs from classic and contemporary musical theatre productions including “There's No Business Like Show Business” from “Annie Get Your Gun,” "There Ain't Nothin' Like a Dame" from "South Pacific" and “Another Hundred People” from “Company.”  


Directed by Fabio Polanco, assistant professor of theatre, performers for the showcase include seniors Madeline Beer and Drew Rothhaar; juniors Emily Plank, Johanna Regan and Brandy Riha; sophomores Christian Neely, Katie Mounts, Jacob Poiner, Derek Jackenheimer, Kelsey Bowens, Becca Ribley, and Emily Jeppesen; and freshmen Christopher Sherer and Brandon Wurgess. Music director and accompanist is senior Eddie Carney; junior Brittany Hartman is the choreographer.


Founded in the early 1990s as an outreach program for the Ashland University Theatre Department, the group provides a performance training opportunity for students as they perform throughout the year at banquets, meetings, parties, civic group engagements or other special events.


For more information about their showcase performance or to book Drop of a Hat Players, contact Fabio Polanco at 419-289-5655 or


Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, 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.