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Bring in the Season with the 15th Annual Holiday Spectacular!

Nov 23, 2009

The Ohio Northern University departments of theatre and music will present the 15th annual ONU Holiday Spectacular at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are Friday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. The show also will be presented at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.

Start off the holiday season with festive carols, lavish sets, ballerinas, Frosty the Snowman, the ever-popular toy soldiers and the man in red himself, Santa Claus. Due to high demand, an additional matinee performance (Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.) has been added to this year's Holiday Spectacular.

Children from Ada and the surrounding counties will join 25 Ohio Northern students on stage. Music will be provided by the ONU student pit orchestra. Kirsten Osbun-Manley, resident artist in music, is the director.

Harry and Myrna Shutt and Kewpee Hamburgers have underwritten the Holiday Spectacular since its inception. The Shutts have always believed that the holiday show should be affordable for all families; therefore, the price for the Lima performances has not increased. The DeBow and Catherine Freed Endowment for the Arts also underwrites this production.

All tickets for the Freed Center performances are for general-admission seating and are available now for $20. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Online ticketing is also available at

All tickets for the Lima performances at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center are for general-admission seating and are available for $5. Tickets for these Lima performances are on sale at all Kewpee locations and at the Freed Center.