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Thirteenth Annual ONU Holiday Spectacular Scheduled

Nov 16, 2007

The Ohio Northern University Departments of Theatre and Music will present the 13th annual ONU Holiday Spectacular at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m. The show also will be presented at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima on Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m.

A number of changes have been made to this year's spectacular. The Frosty the Snowman number has been brought back along with the Nutty Cracker scene. A cast of 22 students and 15 area children will perform on stage along with a 22-piece orchestra. Some 20 students work backstage to ensure the smooth implementation of the production.

Last year, more than 7,500 people attended the seven performances and some 61,000 people have attended the show since it began in 1995.

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 never changed. The DeBow and Catherine Freed Endowment for the Arts also underwrites this year's production.

Reserved-seat tickets for the Freed Center performances are $20 for adults, $16 for students and senior citizens and $12 for children 12 and under. 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 or Discover by calling (419) 772-1900.

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.

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