Larry Dooley has been named the new chair for the Columbus State University department of theater.
He was born in Michigan, grew up in Florida and was educated in New York.
Before beginning his career in theater, he attended seminary school and spent five years as a Lutheran minister.
He went back to school to get his Ph.D. in theater at Northwestern University, where he taught a couple of years, and then spent 10 years in Utah.
He’s back in the South.
“We had always planned on coming back to the region,” he said.
He’s married to Donna, a continuing education youth program coordinator, and they have two sons, Patrick, 11, and Ian, 9. Larry says his sons love Columbus.
Isn’t it great to hear that from people who move here?
What are his plans for the department?
“I’d like it to grow, especially in musical theater,” he said.
Dooley says the people in place are really good, but with a huge influx of freshmen theater students this year, they are running out of space.
Visibility is something he’d like to increase as well.
“I’d like to increase our public image and I’d like to involve the community more,” he said. “I think we have a real base of support.”
Hot dog eating contest
OK, this has nothing to do with the arts. Maybe the art of eating. A lot.
The Old School Softball Hot Dog Eating Contest will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Cook’s Place, on the corner of Moon and Milgen roads.
That means we’ll have a little bit of the Nathan’s Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, right here in Columbus.
No Joey Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi, though.
The contest will be limited to 12 contestants. You’ll have to eat as many hot dogs as you can in 10 minutes.
It’s $75 to register for the hot dog eating contest.
For spectators, there will be $5 chili dog plates, prizes for the 50/50 raffle, which includes an autographed Columbus Cottonmouths game jersey, two Cottonmouths hockey sticks and an RCA home theater surround sound system. Call 706-718-6398 or 706-681-0977.
A Big Band fundraiser
The Cavaliers Orchestra, a 17-piece Big Band, is doing “Save the Music!” This is a benefit dance and concert 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 701 Front Ave.
Proceeds go to the Muscogee County School District’s orchestra program.
Tickets are $10.
Call 706-327-5150, 706-575-5371 or 334-703-3661.
Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger- enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.