Holiday Spectacular takes Civic Center stage


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



IF YOU GO:

WHAT: ONU Holiday Spectacular

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, downtown Lima

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

ADMISSION: $5

LIMA — A regional holiday tradition will again take center stage in Lima this weekend with the staging of the 24th edition of the ONU Holiday Spectacular musical extravaganza.

The annual event will take place at Veterans Memorial Civic Center after opening for audiences at ONU’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts earlier this month.

The musical revue includes dancing and singing while showcasing the performance talents of ONU students and area children.

Among the student performers are Raymond Cronley, of Oxford, as Tinsel; Alie Campbell, of Hamilton, Va., as Trixel; Emily Estep of Fresno, Calif., as Angel; Shawn Stevens, of Lima, as Santa; and Darby Beckwith, of Virginia City, Nev., as Mrs. Claus.

Approximately 80 ONU students and 22 children are part of the cast as singers, dancers and other performers.

The performance is under the direction of Kirsten Osbun-Manley, resident artist in music and musical theater program director at ONU. Gina Wiley serves as choreographer and Michael Jordan, resident artist in the department of theater arts, is music director.

All tickets for the Lima performances are for general-admission seating and are available for $5 at Kewpee Hamburgers and at the Freed Center.

The show is underwritten in part by the DeBow and Catherine Freed Endowment for the Arts and Kewpee Hamburgers.

Harry and Myrna Shutt, the owners of Kewpee Hamburgers, have underwritten the show since its inception in 1994.

By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: ONU Holiday Spectacular

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, downtown Lima

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

ADMISSION: $5

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