The Top Hat Theatre board of directors elected Bruce Ackerman as president during a recent organizational meeting in Magna.

"We want to get more people in the community involved with the theatre and provide some continuity between productions," said Ackerman, explaining the need for a theatre board. He previously served as theatre manager during a production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" in November.Other officers are Lance Orlando, vice president; Sue Duckworth, treasurer; and Lee Blauvelt, secretary.

Jim Blauvelt, who is directing "Barefoot in the Park," as the company's next production, will serve as publicity chairman. Other chairmen appointed during the meeting are Pat Lavederl, technology and scenery; Elaine Whitman, costuming; Lee Blauvelt, membership; and Betty Utley, play selection.

Ackerman said there is room for additional members on all committees and invited anyone interested in joining the group to call 250-8239.