Sara Schoch and Ryan Hunt

2 nights of musical theatre to benefit scholarship fund

Release Date: 12/19/2006. Expired: 1/27/2007

Renaissance Repertory Company members Sara Schoch and Ryan Hunt present two evenings of music and song to benefit the Mel Romine Memorial Scholarship Fund Jan. 26 and 27 in the Gaslight Dinner Theatre at The Renaissance Center.

Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. performances of 2 Nights, 2 Acts, 2gether are $10 and include dessert and beverages, including spiced cider and hot chocolate, at intermission.

The Mel Romine Memorial Scholarship is presented annually by the Renaissance Players to a graduating senior who has participated in the community theatre program at The Renaissance Center. It is named for the late Mel Romine, who appeared in several Renaissance Players productions before losing his battle with heart problems in fall 2004.

Schoch and Hunt have appeared in numerous productions at The Renaissance Center, including community shows, dinner theatre shows and productions for the Mind Enriching Theatre series.

Accompanied by pianist Connie Haun, the duo will present an evening to shake off the winter doldrums through the music and songs of Broadway and musical theatre.

Schoch and Hunt met when both were cast in the Gaslight Dinner Theatre’s 2004 production of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. The couple is now engaged and after a year performing in New York returned to The Renaissance Center for the 2006 season.

A Cleveland, Ohio, native, Schoch has appeared in Gaslight Dinner Theatre productions of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Smoke on the Mountain, The Miss Firecracker Contest and Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash, as well as the upcoming A Grand Night for Singing. She won a Jimmy Award in 2006 as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as the long-suffering Miss Adelaide in the Renaissance Players production of Guys and Dolls.

Schoch received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from State University of New York at Fredonia and has appeared in productions throughout the country. Past roles include Mona in A Class Act, Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! at Mercury Summer Stock, Vi Petty in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Squeaky Fromme in Assassins, and Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at SUNY Fredonia. She can also be heard on the original concept recording of Jim Balmer and Jon Dorf's musical, Day One, as Erika Golddigger.

An Evansville, Ind., native, Hunt has appeared in Gaslight Dinner Theatre productions of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Barefoot in the Park, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Dining Room, 8 Track: The Sounds of the ‘70s, A Christmas Survival Guide, Run for Your Wife, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, The Miss Firecracker Contest and Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash. He made his directorial debut and appeared in the Renaissance Players production of The Miracle Worker as well as roles in Jesus Christ Superstar and Guys and Dolls.

Hunt received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville and has appeared in productions in Indiana, Georgia, New Hampshire and New York, where he received critical acclaim for his appearance in the Off-Broadway production of Closer Than Ever.

2 Nights, 2 Acts, 2gether will include a variety of musical theatre favorites, performed in solos and duets. The show does contain adult themes and is presented Jan. 26 and 27 only.

For more information on 2 Nights, 2 Acts, 2gether, a benefit for the Mel Romine Memorial Scholarship Fund, call (615) 740-5600 or visit www.rcenter.org. To purchase tickets, call (615) 740-5570.

The Renaissance Center is a fine arts education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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