Ashland University Seniors Conclude College Careers with Performances

3/8/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Several Ashland University seniors from the College of Arts & Sciences will seal their college careers this month with their final performances on campus. From Melissa Booth Fleming's senior recital to two senior theatre projects involving a musical and a staged-reading of an original play, all performances are free and open to the public.

Fleming, an Ashland High School graduate and vocal music education major at Ashland University, will present her senior recital on Sunday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. She will be assisted by Megan Barth on piano; and a jazz combo including James Slike, trombone; Chris Simmons, piano; Maggie Rickard, bass; and Dan Shade, drums. Her program will include classical and romantic works, pieces from the 20th century along with cabaret and jazz numbers. Composers will range from W. A. Mozart to Billy Strayhorn.

On Saturday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.  in the Studio Theatre, seniors Taylor Hale (musical theatre major from Hinckley, Ohio), Jake Kinney (double-major in musical theatre and music in academic studies from Ashland, Ohio) and Sarah Saddler (double-major in political science and musical theatre from Jefferson, Ohio) will present their senior project performing selections from "The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!." Junior musical theatre major Madeline Beer is also assisting with the performance.

Natasha A. Cline of Columbus, Ohio, will present her senior theatre project on Sunday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. Her staged-reading of her original play "Waxed Fruit" is about the family cycle and how relationships affect others in your family. Cast members include freshmen Emily Jeppensen and Rebecca Ribley and sophomores Austin Arnold, Jacob Haury and Tim Bradbury. This is the first serious script that Cline has written, which will also be presented at the second annual College of Arts & Sciences symposium on March 30. This is a free event but it is ticketed so get your tickets as soon as possible. Cline, along with Arnold and Ribley, will be doing a presentation of "Waxed Fruit" at the 2nd annual College of Arts & Sciences Symposium on March 30.

Although both theatre performances are free and open to the public, reserved seating is recommended to guarantee a seat in the intimate Studio Theatre. Tickets are available through the Ashland University Box Office, noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 419.289.5125.
For more information about these performances, visit www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.
Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.