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2017-18 Season

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Catapult and the ONU Dance Company

Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Biggs Theatre

Catapult is all about the human body and its ability to transform. The talented Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. You won’t believe your eyes as you watch these incredible dancers become a mountain, a full size elephant, a helicopter, a house with a window and people inside the window. You will never figure out how they do it, and you won’t know what they will make next – you will be surprised and delighted again and again. Audiences of all ages love what appear to be effortless transformations and applaud over and over as more and more unbelievable images appear.

The ONU Dance Company joins this Season 8 of America's Got Talent finalist the theatrical art form of shadow dance that is an amazingly imaginative combination of dance, story-telling and sculpture.

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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

By Tony Kushner

Sept. 28-Sept. 30 | 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1 | 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Stambaugh Studio Theatre

Tony Kushner’s 1993 Pulitzer Prize winner has been described as the most influential play of the last 25 years. Set in 1985 in Manhattan, in the age of Reagan and at the onset of the AIDS epidemic, Kushner’s play faces head on the central crises of American culture. Political, religious and social conflicts underpin a story with extraordinarily compelling characters whose personal crises of love and abandonment interconnect with larger societal questions. Angels in America feels as vital and as relevant today as it was when it was written.

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Carrie the Musical

Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the horror novel by Stephen King

Oct. 19-22 | 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21-22 | 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Stambaugh Studio Theatre

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it. A notorious Broadway flop in 1988, Carrie has been newly reworked and fully re-imagined by the original authors.

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The ONU Holiday Spectacular

Nov. 16-18, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 18, 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Biggs Theatre

Dec. 1-2, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2-3, 2 p.m.
Veteran's 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!

Tickets for The ONU Holiday Spectacular go on sale Oct. 11.

Choreographers' Showcase

Feb. 3 | 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 | 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. 3, 2018

The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

Feb. 22-24 | 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 24-25 | 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Stambaugh Studio Theatre

This startlingly beautiful new play features a girl’s indoor soccer team and offers a window into the world of adolescent female relationships. Nine girl warriors fiercely grapple with one another over issues great and small in a series of scenes that occur during pre-game warm ups. Of the NYC premiere in 2016, Ben Brantley, critic for The New York Times, wrote, “The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene.”

Tickets for The Wolves go on sale Jan. 22, 2018.

Love's Fire:

One-Act Plays Inspired by Shakespearean Sonnets

March 22-24, 7:30 p.m.
March 24-25, 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Stambaugh Studio Theatre

Our student-directors take on short original plays by some of America’s greatest playwrights, and they all speak of the tragedies and the triumphs of love. These short plays, based on Shakespeare’s sonnets, make up a delightful showcase for the talents of ONU’s student-directors and actors.

Tickets for Love's Fire go on sale Feb. 19, 2018.

Sweet Charity

April 19-21, 7:30 p.m.
April 21-22, 2 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing ArtS
Biggs Theatre

Charity Hope Valentine always tries to look on the bright side of life, despite working in a rundown dance hall and contending with a seemingly endless run of bad dates. Determined to find love, Charity falls for suave actor Vittorio Vidal but their romance is all too brief. However, when Charity finds herself stuck in an elevator with the reserved Oscar Lindquist, it turns out that she may have finally met her match.

Tickets for Sweet Charity go on sale March 19, 2018.

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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
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed