Ashland University Musical Theatre Revue Troupe Presenting Annual Showcase Performances

4/1/11 AsHLAND, OH -- Ashland University Theatre's Drop of a Hat Players, a musical theatre revue troupe, will present two performances for its 2011 Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 16, 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 noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached at 419.289.5125.

From "Beauty and the Beast" and "Shrek" to "Les Miserables" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," 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 "A Cockeyed Optimist" from "South Pacific," "Home" from "The Wiz," and "My Party Dress" from "Henry and Mudge."

Directed by Fabio Polanco, assistant professor of theatre, performers for the showcase include senior Taylor Hale; juniors Madeline Beer, Helena Marshall and Drew Rothhaar; sophomores Jordan Black, Japhael Bondurant, Emily Plank and Brandy Riha; and freshmen Christian Neely, Katie Mounts, Jacob Poiner, Derek Jackenheimer, Kelsey Bowens and Emily Jeppesen. Music director and accompanist is junior Eddie Carney; junior Brittany Hartman is the choreographer; and senior Steve Bornhoeft, lighting designer.

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 or to book Drop of a Hat Players, contact Fabio Polanco at 419-289-5655 or fpolanco@ashland.edu<mailto:fpolanco@ashland.edu>.

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.