Ohio State Marion kicks-off nineteenth season of Five Nights

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Written by Wayne Rowe, Manager of Communications & Marketing
Dated:  Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Performing arts series audience builds to new heights each year with diversified talent

The Ohio State University at Marion opens its nineteenth season of the popular campus outreach and engagement program Five Nights on Campus Thursday, October 10th, 7:30 p.m. with Dwight Lenox & the Lenox Avenue Express in Morrill Hall Auditorium.  

The 2013-14 season features jazz ensemble Dwight Lenox & The Lenox Avenue Express, followed by the student led musical production of the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone.  The series returns in spring 2014 with Wild Carrot & the Roots Band, the professional four part contemporary a cappella group 4th Avenue, and ends the season with British actor Roger Jerome’s one-man show “Dickens in Ohio.”

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 Broadway to bluegrass, 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.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. All tickets are general seating.

2013-2014 Five Nights Schedule

Dwight Lenox & The Lenox Avenue Express
Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.

For more than 20 years, the rich tenor voice and commanding presence of Dwight Lenox has captivated audiences around the country. From blues to ballads to jazz and swing, Dwight shines. His fluid style lends itself to a vast repertoire from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, and many more. Performing with his own band, the Lenox Avenue Express, Dwight’s career has taken him from New York to Los Angeles to the heart of the Midwest. Join Dwight Lenox and the Lenox Avenue Express for a wonderful musical journey!

The Drowsy Chaperone, A Musical Within A Comedy
Thursday, November 14, 7:30 p.m., and Friday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.

(Tickets for the Drowsy Chaperone are priced at $15 general admission; $10 seniors/students)

The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of American musical comedies of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, antisocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the recording of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life on stage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. The show opened on Broadway in May, 2006, and won the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score. It has had major productions in Toronto, New York, London, Los Angeles, and Japan, as well as two North American tours. Our student-based production promises a delightfully tuneful evening!

Wild Carrot & The Roots Band
Friday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.

Pam Temple and Spencer Funk met through music, married, and began performing together full-time in 2000 as Wild Carrot. They were named “Best Folk Act” in their hometown of Cincinnati and have since crisscrossed the country, pleasing audiences with their eclectic mix of award-winning original songs, traditional tunes, swing, blues, and more. Joining them as the Roots Band are Brandt Smith and Brenda Wolfersberger. Together, Wild Carrot and the Roots Band were twice chosen as the only American folk act to serve as Cultural Ambassadors to Chile by the U. S. State Department.

Fourth Avenue
Thursday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.​

Fourth Avenue is a professional a cappella group based in Dayton that has been sharing their high-energy show with audiences since 1993. They have been presenting concerts featuring a variety of familiar favorites from different eras, as well as catchy original music performed with their unique high energy approach. Incredible harmony, audience participation, outrageous humor, and a highly choreographed stage show are all part of the musical extravaganza. Winners of a number of regional and national awards, Fourth Avenue has shared the stage with such national acts as the Beach Boys, the Temptations, and Three Dog Night.

Dickens in Ohio
Thursday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.

Charles Dickens was the most famous living writer of his time. A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Story made him a literary star. In 1842, Dickens embarked on a journey to America and having traveled the length of the Ohio River, he disembarked at Cincinnati and began a journey covering much of the state of Ohio. He traveled to Lebanon and Columbus, then on to Delaware, Upper Sandusky (through Marion), and on to Tiffin and Sandusky on Lake Erie. British actor Roger Jerome’s one-man show covers Dickens’ experiences in Ohio with the added bonus of 1840s American music.


For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information on Five Nights contact Gary Iams at:  (740) 725-6253 or e-mail:  iams.18@osu.edu

Ticket cost for individual performances are adults $10; seniors $9; students $4; and Marion campus faculty & staff $8.  Tickets are available in advance and at the door the evening of each event (subject to available seating).

Season ticket and sponsorships and prices for 2013-2014 season are now on sale:  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.  Special group discounts are available.

Ohio State Marion wishes to thank our 2013-14 sponsors:  Arcelormittal; ClearChannel Marion; Frontier; Marion Community Credit Union; Marion Industrial Center, Inc.; Marion Technical College; Morral Companies, LLC; Ohio Health; Sims Bros., Inc.; Stifel; The Marion Star; UniPrint; Whirlpool Corporation; and Wyandot, Inc.   Also special thanks to our partners The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Marion County and Buckeye Backers (Ohio State Marion's volunteer group)