WILMINGTON —The stars are once again aligning and dancers are focused on the Murphy Theatre’s largest fundraiser.
CMH Regional Health System has lent its support to the annual “Dancing with the Stars,” which features 10 prominent Clinton Countians competing onstage with their best dance routines.
Speaking of the stage, the Sept. 17 show will help raise money for the Murphy’s Stage Project, which includes replacing the warped, sagging stage floor; replacing two failing spotlights; cleaning the red “act curtain”; acquiring a mechanized drop-down screen; and replacing the rigging system.
Replacing the spotlights will cost almost $11,000, and the rigging system is projected to cost almost $25,000.
The local stars will be working this year with professional dancers from Always Ballroom dance studio in Dayton. In fact, the contestants completed their first lessons as a group June 20 with professional dancers Micah Hammaker and Kelsey Moore.
This year’s stars/contestants are:
• Dow Tippett, pastor at Faith Family Church.
• Sigrid Solomon, vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students of Wilmington College.
• Brett Rudduck, law director for the City of Wilmington, solicitor for Village of New Vienna, solicitor for Village of Clarksville, and private attorney.
• Chip Murdock, director of Multicultural Affairs at Wilmington College.
• Randi Milburn, human resources manager at EMSAR and Wilmington City Council member.
• Mindy McCarty-Stewart, principal at Wilmington High School.
• Randy Graf, group publisher for Civitas Media/Wilmington News Journal.
• John Hollon, physician for CMH Regional Health System.
• Karli Harris, owner of Everyday Chic Boutique.
• Laura Gibson, Wilmington city prosecutor.
CMH Regional Health System/Murphy Theatre’s Dancing with the Stars will be directed by Timothy Larrick. Advertising space in the program is still available, and the $15 event tickets can be purchased in person at 50 W. Main St., by phone at (937) 382-3643, or online at www.themurphytheatre.org.
Temporary sidewalk stars at the Murphy Theatre feature participants, former winners, and community or business members who have given $2,500 or more.