“Hats Off” to the players
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Dan Dewalt, at piano, rehearses with, left to right, Veronica Stevens, Maddi Chase, Abbie Hazelton, and Peter Broussard. Nastia Stevens is in the background hanging lights.
Dan Dewalt, at piano, rehearses with, left to right, Veronica Stevens, Maddi Chase, Abbie Hazelton, and Peter Broussard. Nastia Stevens is in the background hanging lights.
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TOWNSHEND- The Leland & Gray Players celebrate their 21st season with “Hats Off 2017” on Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, in the Dutton Gymnasium on the Leland & Gray campus, Route 30.

An eclectic cavalcade of music, dance, and comedy, “Hats Off” offers Leland & Gray players in grades seven to 12 an opportunity to select what they want to perform, to display their strengths, to hone new skills, to discover new material, and to explore different ways to contribute to the performance. Many L&G Players also direct, choreograph, and design for “Hats Off.”

This year’s show includes classic comedy skits from Mel Brooks, Lucille Ball, and Dick Van Dyke, in addition to newer comedy and original sketches. Songs and dances include musical numbers from “Rent,” “Waitress,” “Singing in the Rain,” and “Mamma Mia”; tunes made famous by Tom Lehrer, David Bowie, and Nina Simone; and a few surprises. Featuring several new faces as well as a host of veterans, this year’s “Hats Off” company includes seventh-graders Peter Broussard, Evelyn Swim, and Phoenix Lavendar-Kelly; eighth-graders Luke Parker-Jennings, Abbie Hazelton, Christian Cannella, Dakota Gervais, Kirsten Munson; freshmen Madison Chase, Bay Holmes, Trey Crego, Caroline Mehner, Veronica Stevens; sophomore Sam Thibault; juniors Kenny Cashman, Rebecca Williams, and Adam Culver, and senior Tino Benson.

The “Hats Off” producer and director is Annie Landenberger assisted by freshman Veronica Stevens. Courtney Dagg and Jillian Carona head the design and production crew assisted by Sylvia Stark; Rebecca Williams assists with costume coordination; Paul Madalinski, of Brookline, is technical coordinator assisted by sophomore Hunter Leavitt. Sage Hall, Alex Urbaska, and Reefayat Shahjahan are on sound; Nastia Stevens and Greg Stolpp are on lights. Penny Tuerk is volunteer coordinator and Dan DeWalt is accompanist.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, available at the door. Performances are Friday, March 10, at 7:30 pm; Saturday, March 11, at 3 and 7:30 pm. For more information email at alandenberger@lelandandgray.org or call (802) 365-7355, ext. 159.
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