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Freed Center - Fall Preview 2016

The Freed Center offers a variety of performances this upcoming fall semester. (photo/Freed Center)

From musicals, to musical performances, The Freed Center has a variety of shows to watch this year. (photo/Freed Center)

The Freed Center offers a variety of performances this upcoming fall semester. (photo/Freed Center)

Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center is a source of frequent entertainment not only for University students and faculty, but also for the local Ada community. The lineup for this fall contains a wide variety of events, plays, and musical performances, and will have something for everyone. From celebrity impersonators to plays laced with political controversy, the Freed Center is bringing excitement and intrigue to Ohio Northern this fall.

The Biggs Theatre starts off the year with three back-to-back entertainment events, each one as exciting as the next. “The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience” opens the season, a live performance from a Michael Jackson impersonator. Joby Rogers, who was approved by the deceased pop star himself, has appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and on international television shows such as Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live. This performance will be August 27 at 7:30 p.m.

 The next event invites the local community to participate, as they put on the show with “Dancing with the Ada Stars” on September 10 at 7:30 p.m. These three events are capped off with a Sing-Along feature of “The Muppet Movie” on September 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Next up for the Biggs Theatre is this semester’s first play, "Lysistrata." The play, an anti-war comedy about an Athenian woman who concocts a scheme of sexual deprivation to encourage the men to end the war, will be staged from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. 

Following "Lysistrata," Briggs Theatre will be showing three different musical performances. First is the Ohio Northern Wind Orchestra’s “Setting the Standard” performance, which will feature pieces from both British and American composers on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The next day, Biggs Theatre will host the Ohio Northern Symphony’s performance of “Pines and Mountains," which features classic pieces such as John Williams’ signature edition of Jurassic Park on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The following week, on Oct. 22 at 8:30 p.m., will feature a performance from The Movin’ Out Band, who was featured in a Billy Joel inspired musical "Movin’ Out." The band’s front-man, Wade Preston, is a pianist and vocalist who was hand-selected by Billy Joel himself. 

On Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m., Biggs Theatre welcomes Dr. Alan Steinman for the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences. Steinman’s research focuses on water resources in the Great Lakes region, in areas such as nutrients and water quality. This event is free and open to the public.

The season’s next play, "The Shape of Things" by Neil LaBute, will be held in the Stambaugh Studio Theatre from Oct. 27-30. This play focuses on such themes as the intricate relationships between art, manipulation and love.

In the Biggs Theatre, television personality Les Stroud, the Survivorman, will be giving a performance on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. 

The season closes out with three musical performances, beginning with Band-O-Rama on Oct. 30. Band-O-Rama is a highlight performance of the ONU Marching Band’s 2016 program, and will heavily feature a wide variety of dance hits. From Nov. 17-19, the annual Ohio Northern "Holiday Spectacular" will be showing, and is open to the public. The final performance of the fall semester is a proper close out before Christmas: “Gaudete: the It’s Not Quite Christmas Yet Concert" [Dec. 10], will feature performances from ONU’s Wind and Symphony Orchestra, with such holiday hits as Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker Suite."

Freed Center events are open to the public, although the events vary in ticket pricing. For more information on each of the individual shows and their pricing, please visit this link:


Edited: Updated photo caption and event details


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