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Tiffin University announces 2021 musical theatre production Staff




Tiffin, Ohio — Tiffin University will present the musical theatre production of Dogfight on March 18-21, 2021. Under the direction of Aly Horn, the show is TU’s third-ever musical theatre production. This year’s performance is sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships.

The award-winning show was written by Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, Edges) and Peter Duchan, and was praised by critics for both its entertaining story and score, and its powerful message.

Dogfight examines important societal issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, gender roles and conventional standards of beauty that will inspire discussions to be held online for TU students and the community.The story focuses on United States Marines on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam in 1963. They celebrate their last night of freedom with a game they call a “dogfight.” Eddie Birdlace, played by Carter Bennett (commercial music, Trempealeau, Wisconsin), enlists Rose, played by Jessica Briney (education, Lake Elsinore, California), to win a cruel bet, but ends up learning the power of love and compassion.

“This is a show that really showcases our students’ remarkable talents,” said Brad Rees, Executive Director of Arts Programs. “It also continues our tradition of cutting-edge material presenting powerful subject matter in a way that will really positively impact our audiences and campus community alike.”

“We are particularly thankful for the support of Reineke Family Dealerships in sponsoring this show,” added Rees. “They have historically sponsored our holiday concert, which couldn’t happen this past year because of pandemic restrictions. So, we are very happy that the musical can instead benefit from their generosity this season!”

Despite the pandemic, Tiffin University students have been rehearsing with a rigorous health protocol, including masks, regular testing, social distancing and increased room ventilation. Through careful measures, audiences will get to enjoy the show safely, with limited and distanced reserved seating in TU’s Marion Center.

Tickets are now available for purchase at General admission is $10, and $5 admission is available to TU students with student ID. Because of the subject matter, this production is not recommended for anyone under the age of 16. For more information, please call 419.448.3366 or email