ONU Holiday Spectacular returning for 25th year


ONU Holiday Spectacular: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, reed Center for the Performing Arts. Additional showings 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

ADA — The 25th annual Ohio Northern University Holiday Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 22, 23, with an additional 2 p.m. show Nov. 23, at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts, 525 S. Main St., Ada.

The show will also be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima.

Freed Center tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and under at the box office, by calling 419-772-1900 or online at www.freedcenter.com.

Civic center tickets are all general-admission for $5 at all Kewpee Hamburgers locations and the Freed Center.

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The fully staged musical revue ushers in the holiday season and includes dancing and singing while showcasing the performance talents of ONU students and area children. “The ONU Holiday Spectacular” features festive carols, lavish sets, ballerinas, toy soldiers and St. Nick himself. It is set in places such as the North Pole, Toyland, Santa’s Workshop and Lima, Ohio.

Among the student performers are Raymond Cronley of Oxford, Ohio, as Tinsel; Sarah Matlow of Toledo, Ohio, as Trixel; Emily Estep of Fresno, Calif., as Angel; alumnus Shawn Stevens of Lima, Ohio, as Santa; Grace Raber of Plano, Texas, as Mrs. Claus; and Ethan Mann of Wooster, Ohio, as Frosty.

In all, approximately 34 ONU students, 16 teens and 25 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 at ONU. Gina Wiley, artistic director and owner of The Dancer by Gina in Delphos, Ohio, serves as choreographer, and Michael Jordan, resident artist in the ONU Department of Theatre Arts, is music director.

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ONU Holiday Spectacular: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, reed Center for the Performing Arts. Additional showings 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

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