Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts HistorySauer, Anne
Torn Ticket II, 1971
Torn Ticket II was formed in 1981 by the merger of Torn Ticket and Top Hat and Tails, two undergraduate musical theater groups.
The original Torn Ticket was founded in 1971 by six Tufts sophomores to perform full-length musicals. It attracted interested students from the departments of drama, music, dance, and across the undergraduate student body.
Top Hat and Tails, founded in 1979 by Jack Minsky, A1980, and Debbie Perkins, J1982, was designed to act as an alternative to Torn Ticket. Instead of performing full-length musicals, Top Hat and Tails focused on performing shorter musical revues. The group attempted to foster and support musical theater at Tufts by making it more accessible. The shorter productions took less time to rehearse, therefore allowing students to participate without as great a time commitment.
In November of 1982, Torn Ticket and Top Hat and Tails merged to form Torn Ticket II. The new organization performed both full-length musicals and shorter musical revues. With the merger, both organizations could combine their budgets and student support in order to strengthen the presence of musical theater at Tufts.
As of 2001, Torn Ticket II continues to produce musical theater at Tufts.
Source: OBS, TC
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