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H.O.T.'s Ryan Hardiman celebrity volunteer Saturday at Wild Ramp

Jul. 15, 2013 @ 04:10 PM

HUNTINGTON — Local theater veteran Ryan Hardiman will join the Wild Ramp volunteer team Saturday, July 20, as the day’s celebrity volunteer.

Ryan will be bagging groceries, greeting customers and helping the nonprofit local food market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ryan follows fellow celebrity volunteers Chris Miller of Dutch Miller Kia(May) and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (July).

Having shared several summers with Huntington Outdoor Theater in “Beauty and the Beast” (Beast), “The Wedding Singer” (Robbie Hart), “My Fair Lady” (Freddie EynesfordHill) and “Guys and Dolls” (Big Jule), Ryan is proud to be a part of HOT’s final show, playing Corny Collins in “Hairspray.”

 Ryan will be bringing a pair of tickets to give away, good for one night at “Hairspray.”

Customers that buy an item while Ryan is in the store will be entered in a drawing to win the tickets.

While Ryan is in the market, the Wild Ramp is partnering with neighbor CommonGround Shoppes to host the Mid-Summer Herb Fair. Herb plants and vendors will be on the patio in front of the stores from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some of Ryan’s most notable roles include “Next to Normal” (Dan), “Evita”, (Che) and “RENT” (Roger) for Charleston Light Opera Guild, “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Jesus) for Contemporary Youth Arts Company, Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical”(Jekyll/Hyde) for ACTC and ARTS, “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (Chauvelin) for ACTC, “HAIR” (Berger) for Marshall University Theatre, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (Hedwig) “Cabaret” (Emcee) “The Rocky Horror Show” (Riff Raff) “Dracula” (Renfield) and “The Pillowman” (Katurian) for Charleston Stage Company, “Man Of La Mancha” (Cervantes/Don Quixote) for 5th Avenue Theatre Company and “Into The Woods
(Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince) for Appalachian Regional Theatre.

Ryan was chosen by popular audience vote and was named the first ever “Symphony Idol” with The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He has been a featured vocalist in several concerts with the WVSO, The Huntington Symphony Orchestra, and headlined a series of WVSO Pops concerts at The Clay Center.

Ryan is Art Director with WCHS/FOX11 TV and lives in Huntington, WV with his wife, Jean, and
daughters Chloe, Celeste and Chelsea.

The Wild Ramp is a nonprofit, nontraditional local food market that opened its doors in July 2012. The market is staffed by volunteers and gives 90% of every dollar sold back to the producer. All producers are located within 250 miles of Huntington. The Wild Ramp is located in Suite 13 in the Shops at Heritage Station, at the corner of 11th Street and Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Learn more about the Wild Ramp at www.wildramp.org or call 304-523-RAMP (7267).