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December 04, 2013 : Raising Canes Hosting “Spirit Night” in Support of OUL Theatre Club and Trip to Kennedy Center Theatre Festival
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

Lancaster – Students from the cast of Ohio University Lancaster Theatre's production of "To Kill A Mockingbird" are headed to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival this January, and you can help support them on their journey by eating some chicken on December 15.


Raising Canes in Lancaster is holding a "Spirit Night" on Sunday, December 15, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. to support the OUL Theatre Student Club. All participants have to do is download this flyer and present it when purchasing their meal.


"I work at 'Raising Canes' and I spoke with my manager about doing the event," said OUL Theatre Student Laura Chapman. "We send out flyers. When someone comes in and purchases something in the restaurant with that flyer, 20 percent of that purchase will be turned around and donated back to the theatre club."


Three students from the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" were nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship and will perform at the festival in West Chester, Pennsylvania.


The Kennedy Center American College Theater is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. The Kennedy Center festival has served as a catalyst to improve the quality of college theater in the United States and has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country where theater departments and student artists showcase their work to receive outside assessment.


The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship is named after the woman who played "Granny" on the television program "Beverly Hillbillies." OUL students Mason Taylor, Shannon Webb and Jordon LeuVoy will compete at the festival in an effort to be awarded scholarships. The scholarships provide recognition, honor and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education.


An OUL Theatre group that includes 14 men and 10 women will attend the festival. The Ohio University Lancaster Campus has dedicated some funds for the costs associated with the trip including the festival registration, hotel and transportation costs. Online gifts can be made to support the trip to the Ohio University Foundation at You can designate your gift to the OU Lancaster Theatre Support Fund using the designation drop-down box.  Gifts to this fund may also be mailed to Ohio University Lancaster Campus, attn. Mandi Custer, 1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, OH  43130, and questions may be directed to Mandi at 740-654-5711, ext. 234, or via email at  The Ohio University Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization and the contribution is tax deductible in accordance with Ohio state tax laws. 


"I'm really excited to go and be able to watch my peers and to be able to participate in this event," said Chapman.