September 13, 2007
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 helped raise money for Cowley College’s Act One Drama Club.
This is the 18th 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, came up with the idea shortly after she arrived as a full-time instructor.
Scott MacLaughlin, Director of Theatre, served as emcee for this year's event.
Kate Kearns won the first place prize of $50 in the small group category, while the Act One Drama Club won $50 and the first place prize for the large group category.
The Rocker Hippies took home second place in the small group category, while the North Campus Student Ambassadors finished second in the large group category.
The traveling trophy for the best performance by Cowley faculty and staff went to the Book Ladies plus Charlee's Chain Gang, consisting of Shannon O'Toole, Melissa Hollister, Rhoda MacLaughlin, and Charlee Wilson. Their lyp synced performance of "Do Your Ears Hang Low" brought down the house.
Frank Arnold finished second in the faculty and staff category as he performed an older version of Shirley Temple's "Good Ship Lollipop". The Humanities Trio of Tom Mason, Jacque Ramirez, and Marlys Cervantes placed third by performing Weird Al Yankovic's "White and Nerdy".
During brief intermissions, audience members played a Cowley version of “Name That Tune” for cash prizes.
The three celebrity judges for the event were Ark City City Attorney Tamra Niles, and KSOK Radio's Marty Mutti and Shawn "Rhino" Wheat.".