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Freed Center Fall Preview

Freed Center will continue to provide a variety of entertainment to delight the campus and Ada community. This year's season will feature musical, dance and comedy shows, educational shows featuring zookeeper Jack Hanna and the Theatre Department's popular Holiday Spectacular.

"Really, there's something for everybody – young to old," said Sally Dungan, the center's box office manager.
The fun starts with the student production, "Dancing at Lughnasa," on Thursday, September 19 to Sunday, September 22 in the Freed Center's Stambaugh Studio Theatre. The Tony Award winning Irish play tells the story of Michael, a character raised by his poor mother and four aunts in the face of poverty, and examines repressive culture and religious forces of the day.

Cast members include Mike Burke (Michael), Gena Loe, Sarah Novak, Caroline Page, Sarah Ohm, Sarah Keune, Jeremy Martinez and Charles Levine. Directing this production is Joan Robbins, ONU dramaturge and lecturer, with Freed Center Technical Director Brian Phillips supervising scenic design. Students on the design team are Evan LaChance and Jacob Novak.

Show times are planned at 7:30 p.m. on September 19 to September 21, with 2 p.m. matinee performances on September 21 and September 22. General admission tickets are $15, tickets for seniors and non-ONU students are $10, children tickets are $5, and ONU faculty, staff and students can also purchase tickets for $5. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from
noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at or by contacting the box office at 419-772-1900.

Another highly anticipated show will be a performance by
the Eisenhower Dance Company, performing on Saturday, September 28 (7:30 p.m.) in the Biggs Theatre, as part of the OhioDance Fall Festival & Conference, being hosted by ONU. OhioDance is a statewide dance organization enhancing modern, contemporary, jazz and tap dance techniques. The campus community can join these visiting professional dancers on stage on Friday, September
27 beginning at 3 p.m. and will follow with a pizza and swing party that evening. The festival ends on Sunday, September 29 with an informal show (1-3 p.m.) of the dances learned during the
sessions. Contact Laurie Bell at 419-772-1693 or for more information.

"As an educational institution,it's important that we do educational outreach programs for the campus and community," said Dungan. "We need to engage children in literature, science and music. It grows their imagination and everything becomes more real for them." 

Other fall productions will feature the play, The Giver, on October 11; the ONU Wind Orchestra, on October 20; and the Theatre Department's Zombie Prom musical on October 24-27. Learn more about the entire Freed Center season schedule at

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