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Hunter McCafferty, of Bremen, practices his role of Keith in “Looking Back.” The 10-minute play is one of five short plays the Bluffton University theatre department is presenting for their fall performance collectively titled, “Alone, Together.” The plays, all written to be performed over Zoom, explore the challenges and surprises of social distancing during the pandemic with charm, humor, tenderness and loss.

Hunter McCafferty, of Bremen, practices his role of Keith in “Looking Back.” The 10-minute play is one of five short plays the Bluffton University theatre department is presenting for their fall performance collectively titled, “Alone, Together.” The plays, all written to be performed over Zoom, explore the challenges and surprises of social distancing during the pandemic with charm, humor, tenderness and loss.


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Bluffton University student Payton Stephens, of Lebanon, practices her role of Meredith in “All the Cranes in the World.”

Bluffton University student Payton Stephens, of Lebanon, practices her role of Meredith in “All the Cranes in the World.”


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Emily Estep, of Fresno, California, rehearses for the upcoming musical at Ohio Northern University.


Courtesy of Ohio Northern University

Caleb Jingo, of Westerville, rehearses in Ada for the upcoming musical.


Courtesy of Ohio Northern University

REGION — The show must go on.

Both Ohio Northern University and Bluffton University are presenting fall plays, opening this week. What is different than their usual tradition is they will be presented virtually.

At ONU, the musical “Blocked!” by Ben Wexler explores how difficult it is to make connections online but how vital those connections are. It’s directed by Courtney Kattengell, assistant professor of musical theatre, and features two casts of four students each. Students Grant Bell, Emily Estep, Madison Friedhoff, Zachary Ryan, Hailey Elswick, Matthew Garcia, Laura Jacobs and Caleb Jingo have been cast.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 through 31 and 2 p.m. Oct. 31. Visit freedcenter.com. Tickets are $10 per device and $5 per students. Call 419-772-1900 for details.

At Bluffton, “Alone, Together” is comprised of five short plays. “Looking Back,” “All the Cranes in the World” and “Neither Here Nor There” are by Arlene Hutton. “Rosebud” is by Dan Castellaneta and Deb Lacusta, and “Pandemic Therapy” is by Jami Brandli. Student Adam Shanaman is directing “Neither Here Nor There,” and the others are directed by Dr. Melissa Friesen, Mary Nord and Joseph Ignat endowed chair in theatre. Each short play deals with challenges of social distancing during the pandemic from different perspectives.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Visit bluffton.edu/fallplay. Tickets are $5 for one device, $15 for group viewing and free for Bluffton students, faculty and staff.

The students at both colleges have been rehearsing from their living spaces individually and online.

Trick or treat highlights:

• Trunk or treat will begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Van-Del Drive-In Theater, 19986 Lincoln Highway, Middle Point. Gates at 5 p.m. Costume/car contest. “Hocus Pocus” and “Hotel Transylvania” at 7:10 p.m.

• Cridersville Halloween Costume Reveal will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home parking lot, Cridersville. Participants introduced with description of costume announced like a fashion show. Goodie bags given. Bring costume description for announcer, lawn chairs, masks and sit in family groups. Park along Main Street. Weather permitting.

• Lima Mall Candy Crawl is from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Lima Mall parking lot in front of Macy’s. Drive-thru event with goodie bags. Free, but tickets required at https://j.mp/373050a.

• Lima Police Department Candy Pickup is from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Lima Municipal Court parking lot, between Central and Union; Philippian Missionary Baptist Church, 190 E. Eighth St.; Stock and Field, 975 N. Cable Road; North Park Community Church, 1321 E. Elm St.; St. Gerard Catholic Church, 1311 N. Main St. Drive-thru event with bags of candy passed out.

For a full listing or trick or treat times, visit limaohio.com.

Hunter McCafferty, of Bremen, practices his role of Keith in “Looking Back.” The 10-minute play is one of five short plays the Bluffton University theatre department is presenting for their fall performance collectively titled, “Alone, Together.” The plays, all written to be performed over Zoom, explore the challenges and surprises of social distancing during the pandemic with charm, humor, tenderness and loss.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/web1_Hunter-McCafferty-Alone-Together.jpgHunter McCafferty, of Bremen, practices his role of Keith in “Looking Back.” The 10-minute play is one of five short plays the Bluffton University theatre department is presenting for their fall performance collectively titled, “Alone, Together.” The plays, all written to be performed over Zoom, explore the challenges and surprises of social distancing during the pandemic with charm, humor, tenderness and loss. Courtesy of Bluffton University
Bluffton University student Payton Stephens, of Lebanon, practices her role of Meredith in “All the Cranes in the World.”
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/web1_Payton-Stephens-Alone-Together.jpgBluffton University student Payton Stephens, of Lebanon, practices her role of Meredith in “All the Cranes in the World.” Courtesy of Bluffton University
Emily Estep, of Fresno, California, rehearses for the upcoming musical at Ohio Northern University.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/web1_DSCF5958.jpgEmily Estep, of Fresno, California, rehearses for the upcoming musical at Ohio Northern University. Courtesy of Ohio Northern University
Caleb Jingo, of Westerville, rehearses in Ada for the upcoming musical.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/web1_DSCF5821.jpgCaleb Jingo, of Westerville, rehearses in Ada for the upcoming musical. Courtesy of Ohio Northern University

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