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Area Community Members Cast in AU’s Production of The Wizard of Oz

Bob Russell, director

With auditions held in August, Ashland University Theatre is buzzing with anticipation for its February production of Frank Baum's beloved musical "The Wizard of Oz." Not only were thirty University students cast, almost twenty community youth and adults will join the show on the Hugo Young Theatre stage. Canine auditions for Toto are slated for next week to finalize the cast.
Just in time for the holidays and consideration as wonderful gifts, tickets are now on sale at the Ashland University Box Office for the performances slated for February 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and February 15 at 2 p.m.

With direction by guest director Bob Russell and musical director Ron Blackley, Professor of Music, sophomore integrated language arts major Ariel McCleary (Stow, Ohio) portrays little Dorothy Gale of Kansas who dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world where she is joined by the Scarecrow (Nick Seemann, Bath, Ohio), the Tinman (De'Andre Peterson, Garfield Heights, Ohio), and the Cowardly Lion (Jake Riley, Wooster, Ohio) as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. They are guided on their travels by Glinda (Marley Lieberman, Cleveland Heights, Ohio) while trying to avoid the Wicked Witch (Andrea Disch, East Liverpool, Ohio). While searching for the Wizard of Oz (Scott Hudson, Assistant Professor of Theatre), they meet several interesting characters including the Emerald City Guard (Deric Dove, Newark, Ohio), the Ozians and the Munchkins.

Winter Festival Jazz Concert Presents Holiday and Big Band Favorites

Scott Garlock, director

The award-winning Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) will be hosting a free Winter Festival concert in Hugo Young Theater on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Dr. Scott Garlock, professor of music, the concert will feature three sets of music including pre-concert music performed by Dr. Garlock's student jazz combo, a set of Christmas music for big band performed by AUJO, and closing with the Jazz Orchestra performing big band music in several styles.

The Jazz Orchestra’s first set will include holiday favorites such as “The First Noel,” “Coventry Carol," "Baby It's Cold Outside,” and "Jingle Bells." AUJO’s final portion of the concert features Al Horney's "Hipper By the Dozen," Mark Taylor's arrangement of Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada," Wyche and Watts' "Alright, Okay, You Win," followed by Myles Collins' arrangements of "Belly Roll" and "Avenue C."

Last Chance To Purchase 2014 Madrigal Feaste Tickets Through Monday

Last Chance To Purchase 2014 Madrigal Feaste Tickets Through Monday

Patrons are reminded that the 39th Annual Madrigal Feaste begins next Wednesday, Nov. 19, and tickets will be on sale through Monday, Nov. 17. A limited number of seats are still available for opening night on Wednesday and for Thursday, while a few single seats remain for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. The opening night performance offers a special discounted ticket for AU students at $11. All performances begin at 6:30 p.m. in Redwood Hall.

Tickets can be purchased through the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125, or online at Discounted tickets for children can only be purchased directly through the box office and not online.

Flutist Presents Senior Recital at AU

Flutist Presents Senior Recital at AU

The Department of Music at Ashland University presents a senior recital featuring flutist Devyn Renninger on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Arts & Humanities Building). The recital is free and open to the public.

Renninger is a music education major from Norton, Ohio, and studies privately with Jane Berkner. For her recital, she will be joined by pianist Sue Gregg and fellow flutist D. R. Haught. The concert program will include Johann Sebastian Bach's “Sonata IV” along with Christoph Willibald Gluck's “Dance of the Blessed Spirits,” “Andante and Rondo” by Franz Doppler and “Serenade” by Howard Hanson.

Event to Recognize Award-Winning Novel

Event to Recognize Award-Winning Novel

A reading, discussion and book signing for a novel that was named winner of the Asheville Award from Black Mountain Press will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education on the Ashland University campus.

Dr. Deborah Fleming, professor of English at Ashland University, will present readings from her novel, titled “Without Leave.” Black Mountain Press of Asheville, N.C., published the book in 2014 and selected it as the Asheville Award winner from among the 1,000 submissions. According to Fleming, the novel places brave people into the hippie experience and turbulent antiwar movement of the 1960s and addresses the existential question of freedom of the will.

New York Times Best-Selling Author to Give Ashland University Reading

New York Times Best-Selling Author to Give Ashland University Reading

Ashland University’s Department of Journalism and Digital Media and The Collegian, AU’s student newspaper, will host a reading with New York Times best-selling author Ben Montgomery on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The reading, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will be held in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education. The reading is free and open to the public.

Montgomery, an enterprise reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, will be reading from his book, “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.”

Ashland University Art Department to Hold Student Art Sale

Ashland University Art Department to Hold Student Art Sale

Ashland University’s Art Department will hold a student art sale on Thursday, Nov. 6, and Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Coburn Art Gallery located on the first floor of the Center for the Arts building along College Avenue. The general public is invited to shop from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to Cynthia Petry, director of the Coburn Gallery, “this art sale is a great opportunity to get inexpensive, yet quality paintings, digital art, ceramics, photographs and much more.”

Ashland University to Hold Dedication Ceremony for Classroom Building at Black Fork Wetlands

Ashland University to Hold Dedication Ceremony for Studies Center at Black Fork Wetlands

A ceremony to dedicate the classroom building at Ashland University’s Black Fork Wetlands Environmental Studies Center located along U.S. 42 near the Ashland County-Richland County line will be held on Oct. 30.

The ceremony, which is set for 3:30 p.m., will include remarks from Dr. Patricia Saunders, associate professor of biology and director of the Environmental Science Program, as well as recognition of the many donors who made this facility possible.


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