September 22, 2006
Puttin’ on the Hits packs the house
The annual Puttin’ on the Hits lip-sync contest held Thursday in the Robert Brown Theatre, kept audience members entertained throughout the evening and raised $800 for Cowley College’s Act One Theatre Club.
This is the 17th year of Puttin’ on the Hits. It started in Galle-Johnson in a 208-seat theatre and is now packing the 800-seat Brown Theatre.
Dejon Ewing, Humanities Department chair and emcee for the event, came up with the idea shortly after she arrived as a full-time instructor.
“I love it when the students get to see kids they sit next to in class and teachers up there rapping,” Ewing said. “It breaks down walls and they get to come together and have a great time. You could see the excitement of the students and the support of the audience.”
Cole Mills (pictured) and Valerie Strickland brought down the house with laughter and applause as they performed to the song “I got a brand new girlfriend.” The duo took home the first place prize of $50.
Aaron Loehr took home second place as he performed Tutti Fruitti. Act One finished third by lip singing “Time Warp”, and Kate Kearns and Chad Law took home the fourth place prize as they lip sang “Elephant Love Medley.”
The traveling trophy for the best performance by Cowley faculty and staff went to the Social Science Department.
During brief intermissions, audience members played a Cowley version of “Name That Tune” for cash prizes.
The three celebrity judges for the event were Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee, Cowley Board of Trustees member Albert Bacastow, and former Cowley instructor Gene Cole.
“It was so fun having them as judges,” Ewing said.