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September 3, 2008

Annual lip-sync contest approaching at Cowley


Puttin' on the HitsSeptember 18 promises to be an evening of good music and high-energy entertainment as Cowley College presents the 19th annual Puttin’ on the Hits lip-sync contest.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre inside the Brown Center on the Arkansas City campus. Tickets are $2 and may be purchased at the door.

Entry forms are available in the Humanities Office and are due by Monday, Sept. 15th.

Director of Theatre Scott MacLaughlin, who will serve as emcee for the event, has high expectations for this year’s contest.

“It’s always a really fun night where the students can showcase their talent,” MacLaughlin said. “It really seems to bring the campus together.”

Puttin' on the Hits
The event, which began in the late 1980s, is one of the highlights of the fall semester at Cowley. Dejon Ewing, Humanities Department instructor, came up with the idea shortly after she arrived as a full-time instructor.

Participants will have three minutes to entice the crowd with their song and dance routines. Students compete for cash prizes, while the staff, faculty and administration compete for a traveling trophy.

“It’s great to have the faculty and staff participate, they are a big reason the students come out to watch it,” MacLaughlin said.

Puttin’ on the Hits is a fundraiser for Act One Drama Club. The club raises money for activities and trip.

Last year, 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.

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.