The Ohio State University at Marion

Five Nights on Campus

Five Nights on Campus is a performing arts series designed specifically for the residents of the seven-county regional service area of Ohio State Marion and is intended to complement the other entertainment opportunities available in the area. This series features a variety of performance styles from traditional Irish folk music to the big band era, from Broadway to traditional choral, and even historical performance narrative, with an opportunity for the audience to meet with artists at a reception at the end of each evening. The mission of Five Nights on Campus is to provide exceptional and diverse cultural and educational opportunities and to encourage the community to be a part of campus life.

Details of 2017-2018 performances coming soon!

Past Performances of 2016-2017

The Barefoot Movement
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

The Barefoot Movement is anything but your standard bluegrass band. They stretch from a strong foundation of traditional Appalachian music, borrowing the best from other genres such as bluegrass, blues, folk, rock, country, and pop. Featured in concerts across the country, their top-notch musicianship speaks for itself through narrative lyrics, tight three-part harmonies, hot instrumental riffs, and catchy vocals hooks

Sugar: The Musical Comedy (based on the screenplay Some Like It Hot)
Thursday, November 3 & Friday, November 4, 2016

Our annual student musical is based on the Billy Wilder film Some Like It Hot, starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Sugar chronicles the zany lives of two musicians of the prohibition era who witness a gang slaying. Forced to disguise themselves as women, they join an all-female orchestra, and the games begin! Memorable musical numbers include “Penniless Bums” and “Beautiful Through and Through”. This show is both outrageous and touching!

Jason Farnham
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Take Jerry Lee Lewis, add some Victor Borge, Beethovin-on-s teroids, garnish with Schroeder from Peanuts, throw it all together in a blender, and what comes out is an unmistakable Jason Farnham show. He has delighted audiences around the country combining contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bosa nova, blues, and classical with a twist. Also included are a handful of Jason’s signature original piano pieces that his fans adore!

Tied Up in Knotts!
Thursday, April 13, 2017

In the 1960’s, Andy Griffith was set to star in a sitcom based on a small town sheriff. His friend, Don Knotts, called him and asked, “Can you use a deputy?”…and Barney Fife was born! Karen Knotts shares her touching fatherdaughter story about growing up in a celebrity “diva” world with the love of Mayberry. This nostalgic one-woman show is a must-see for all Baby Boomers!

Laura Ellis in Cinema Sweethearts
Thursday, May 11, 2017

In the Golden Age of Hollywood, singing starlets like Judy Garland, Doris Day, and Shirley Jones sent audiences home from a night at the movies humming unforgettable songs. Jazz singer and classic film buff, Laura Ellis has created a wonderful show celebrating Hollywood’s iconic leading ladies – and the songs that made us fall in love with them.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information on Five Nights contact Gary Iams at: (740) 725-6253 or e-mail:

Adults: $10
Seniors: $9
Students: $4
Marion campus faculty & staff: $8
Tickets are also available at the door the evening of each event.

Season Ticket Prices for 2016-2017

Five Nights on Campus offers a number of benefits to season ticket holders including:

  • recognition as a Five Nights on Campus benefactor in all performance programs;
  • significant reduction in the price of tickets;
  • complimentary tickets to Five Nights extras.

Scarlet & Gray Patron: $50
Adult: $35
Senior: $30
Student: $15
Corporate Membership: $200 (includes 6 season tickets)
Club/Civic Membership: $200 (includes 6 season tickets)
Marion Campus Employee: $28

Group discounts are available.

Special thanks to our 2016-17 sponsors:

UniPrint, OhioHealth, Marion Industrial Center, Inc., Stifel, iHeartMedia, Merrill Lynch, Marion Community Credit Union, Inc., Frontier, The Marion Star, Wyandot Inc., Morral Companies L.L.C., Marion Technical College, Sims Brothers Recycling, Whirlpool Marion Operations, & ArcelorMittal.

Special thanks to our partners:

The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Marion County and Buckeye Backers (Ohio State Marion's volunteer group)