The Ohio State University at Marion

​Campus announces 22nd season of Five Nights series

Thanks to the continued generosity of community sponsors and patrons, The Ohio State University at Marion announces line-up for the upcoming season of the campus’s popular cultural and performing arts series, Five Nights on Campus.

This year’s season includes performances by blue grass band The Barefoot Movement; a student/community performance of the Broadway musical comedy, “Some Like It Hot”; pianist Jason Farnham; the nostalgic, one-woman show “Tied Up in Knotts”; and Laura Ellis in “Cinema Sweethearts.”

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. The popularity of the campus based entertainment series continues to engage the community and bring people to the campus.

According to series curator Gary Iams, choosing the right acts each year is the most important part of his job when it comes continuing to attract large diverse audiences to campus.

“We work with the Ohio Arts Presenters Network, Arts Midwest, and take suggestions from our season patrons on what acts to bring in each season,” said Iams. “Our ultimate goal is to maintain a talented and eclectic line-up that appeals to the masses.”

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. All tickets are general seating. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information on Five Nights contact Gary Iams at: (740) 725-6253 or e-mail:

Individual and season tickets are now available. Ticket prices remain unchanged for the upcoming year. Individual performances are priced at $10 general admission, $9 for seniors (60 and up), $4 for students, (grades k-12, and college), and $8 for campus faculty and staff. Season ticket prices also remain unchanged for 2016-2017, at $50 for Scarlet & Gray Patron tickets; $35 general admission; $30 seniors; $15 students, and $28 campus faculty & staff.

As always, the series is made possible through the support of community minded business in our area. 2016-17 sponsors include: 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.

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 hook.

Sugar: The Musical Comedy (based on the screenplay Some Like It Hot)
Thursday, November 3 & Friday, November 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
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, 7:30 p.m.
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, 7:30 p.m.
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 father – daughter 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, 7:30 p.m.
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.