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2018-19 Season

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Romeo and Juliet

Sept. 27-29 | 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29-30 | 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Biggs Theatre

William Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers caught between the world outside the bedroom window and passion as boundless as the sea. Young Romeo and Juliet become fortune’s fools when the war between their families forces them to sacrifice everything for the chance to be together. Generations collide as true love defies family expectations.

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Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party

Book, lyrics and music by Andrew Lippa
For mature audiences

Oct. 18-20 | 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20-21 | 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Stambaugh Studio Theatre

A steamy prohibition tale, steamrolling and roaring its way across the stage, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party was an off-Broadway gem that garnered an array of industry accolades, including Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie awards. Based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem of the same name, this darkly brilliant show features one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written. Decadence and excess are the life of the party in this jazzy 1920s whodunnit.

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Mystic India: The World Tour, A Bollywood Spectacular

Includes special guest performance by the ONU Dance Company

Oct. 27 | 7:30 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Biggs Theatre

Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular that combines authentic Indian and modern techniques bringing the streets Mumbai and New York into perfect harmony. Audiences can expect an explosion of colors and energy as they travel on a celebratory journey through Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat, and even through the progression of Bollywood films via a stunning visual display that fuses dance, theatre and spectacular special effects.

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The ONU Holiday Spectacular

Nov. 15-17, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Biggs Theatre

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1-2, 2 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center (Lima)

Bring the entire family as you celebrate the season with ONU’s beloved Holiday Spectacular , an annual holiday tradition for families for more than 20 years!

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Choreographers' Showcase

Feb. 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 | 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Biggs Theatre

The Choreographers’ Showcase Spring Dance Performance is presented by ONU students and faculty. This exciting showcase is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a broad range of dance styles.

Tickets for the Choreographers' Showcase go on sale Jan. 7, 2019.

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13th International Play Festival: India

Feb. 21-23 | 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23-24 | 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Stambaugh Studio Theatre

This year, we are excited to offer our audiences a rare opportunity to experience the performing arts of India, a set of traditions as rich and as complex as the myriad cultures of India itself. Guided by Indian co-directors, Fulbright Artist-in-Residence Gaurav Saini and his wife, Irfana Majumdar, Ohio Northern student actors will serve up a banquet of theatrical fare, including a taste of both contemporary and classical Indian dramatic traditions. An extraordinary, multicultural adventure not to be missed!

Tickets for the International Play Festival go on sale Jan. 7, 2019.

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Young Frankenstein

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks

April 11-13, 7:30 p.m.
April 14-15, 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Biggs Theatre

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy. Comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein ! The electrifying adaptation of Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches.

Tickets for Young Frankenstein go on sale Feb. 25, 2019.

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Department of Theatre Arts

Brenda Hoyt-Brackman

Freed Center for the Performing Arts 125
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.