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Dr. Dykstra-Crookshanks has been the choreographer of Top25 for the past three years and is thrilled to have moved into the role of Assistant Director starting in January 2020. As a proud Top25 Alumnus it has been a pleasure to return to the group and she relishes the creative outlet outside of her career as a professor of sociology at Slippery Rock University. Richelle has many years of performance experience; professionally as a dancer and active in community theatre as both performer and choreographer. She is a mom of two toddlers, aka future Top 25 members.ype your paragraph here.
This is Michelle's third year as director of the Mentor Top 25. She has also served on the T25 Assistant Director and Parent Board for many years as well. She has directed many musicals including Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, Suessical, and many more. She has also taught acting classes at Lake Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, and several theater camps. Finally, Michelle served as the Quick Change Make Up artist for PBS documentary, Ethan Frome. When she is not with Top 25, she's looking for the next new Pooh Bear thing, working towards a 2nd degree Black Belt or taking care of the family she loves. "Being apart of this group and the rich history of Top 25 is a blessing and I'm thankful for this opportunity to serve. Special thanks to Mr. Crowe for allowing me to share my love of this group with the community and the Parent Board and Parents for all the support. It has been quite a journey these past few years. I'm super excited to be able to travel with this group again and take a little bit of Mentor to Disney! I am so very proud of what these students have been able to accomplish, on and off the stage. I truly can say, I love each and everyone of them... my family away from home. God bless!"
The Mentor Top 25 Show Choir is a select group of students from the music department at Mentor High School. Founded in 1965 by Theodore Hieronymus, Top 25 was one of the first high school show choirs in Ohio. The group performs regularly for community events, schools, and church / civic organizations. Performance tours in the United States have included travel to major cities on the east coast, west coast, and many in between. They have traveled to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and many European countries. The group has won numerous awards in competitions and festivals. Top 25 has performed the National Anthem for the Cleveland Indians, Lake Erie Monsters, and the Cleveland Gladiators. This year they performed during “Prime Time” for the Cleveland Cavaliers before a victory at Quicken Loans Arena.