William Woods plans performing arts extravaganza

Our Hats Off to You“Our Hats off to You, a Performing Arts Extravaganza,” featuring music, theatre, dance and scene work from Broadway and beyond, will be the first production by the theatre department at William Woods University this fall.

Compiled and edited by William Woods University faculty members Joe Potter, Adrienne Branson and Rebecca Talbert, the show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 in Cutlip Auditorium. Potter said the show will include “old favorites from the golden age as well as more recent selections.”

WWU students Mikayla Maple Laburay and Emily Tichy will be the principal dancers, as well as members of the ensemble.

Other WWU students in the ensemble are Kelley Barr, Jeremy Bene’, Chandler M. Bramstedt, Kassi Cartee, Olivia Davidson, Jessica Fleeman, Elizabeth Gibson, Sage Gosset, Kayla Hampton, Stephanie Hanley, Sophie Heins, Katrina Krieg, Cody Mathews, Elisa Parker, Justin Queen, Bene’ Waggoner and Sarah Williams.

Cody Pittman, an employee of C & R Market, also is in the ensemble.

Members of the technical crew are Jennah Arrington, KC Chiles, Lindsey Ellerman, Olivia Krull, Caitlyn Ney, Cody Pezold, Ryan Stocker, Koriie VanWinkle, Joella Vermeire and Melissa D. Williams.

Noting that many of the students involved are freshmen, Potter said, “We are extremely excited to see so much interest and talent in the WWU theatre department and look forward to sharing their talents with the public throughout the production season.”

Potter, assistant professor, performing arts, is the director; Adrienne Branson, adjunct dance instructor, is the choreographer; and Rebecca Talbert, adjunct music instructor, is the music director.

The box office opens Sept. 19. General admission tickets for single performances are $10 for adults; $7 for students, faculty and staff; $6 for senior citizens 62+; and $5 for children 6-12. Group rates are available for 10 or more.

Season tickets are available through the final performance of “Our Hats Off to You” Oct. 1. Season tickets offer several benefits: a 20 percent savings on regular ticket prices, preferred seating and no standing in long lines at the box office.

Season ticket prices are $30 for adults, $20 for senior citizens ages 62 and above and $15 for children ages 6-12. An education discount applies to patrons with a current student/faculty/staff identification for any educational institution, making a season ticket $20.

For more information, or to order season tickets, call the William Woods University Theatre Department at (573) 592-4281.