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Otterbein University Theatre Presents “Damn Yankees”

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University Theatre closes its 2016-17 season with the musical “Damn Yankees” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30; 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2; and 8 p.m. on March 31-April 1 and April 6-8 in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets cost $30. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/drama.

Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd agrees to run the bases with the Devil so that his favorite team, the Washington Senators, have the chance to win the pennant against the dreaded New York Yankees. Amidst his transformation to star-slugger Joe Hardy, he realizes the true worth of the life he’s left behind and has to find a way to outsmart his fiery adversary before his soul is lost for eternity. The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot feature the songs “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets,” “(You Gotta Have) Heart” and many more home-run hits.

The production is directed by Mark Mineart, music directed by Lori Kay Harvey, and choreographed by Stella Hiatt Kane, all members of the Otterbein University faculty. Mineart last directed “Is He Dead” for Otterbein in February 2016 and has performed locally with CATCO since moving to Ohio in 2015.

Tickets are $25 each and can be reserved by calling the Otterbein University box office at 614-823-1109 or purchased online at www.otterbein.edu/drama. The box office is open 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Otterbein University Theatre & Dance and the Department of Music present: Damn Yankees

Words and Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop

Based on the novel by Douglass Wallop, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant”

March 30-April 2 and April 6-8

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Mark Mineart

Music Director: Lori Kay Harvey

Choreographer: Stella Hiatt Kane

Scenic Designer: Rob Johnson

Costume Designer: Rebecca White

Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens

Sound Designer: Doc Davis

PRINCIPAL CAST LIST

Joe Boyd (later called Joe Hardy)……………….. Colin Robertson & Matt Gittins

Meg Boyd………………………………………………………………….. Charlotte Prenevost

Mr. Applegate…………………………………………………………………… Jack Labrecque

Sister…………………………………………………………………………………. Leah Windahl

Doris…………………………………………………………………………………. Noel Isaacson

Van Buren………………………………………………………………………….. Jacob Sundlie

Gloria Thorpe………………………………………………………………………. Abigail Isom

Lola………………………………………………………………………………….. Caroline Kane

Eddie………………………………………………………………………………. Lincoln Belford

Ensemble: Tatum Beck, Kevin Buckley, Cameron Chang, Bradford Chaklos

Connor Cook, Christian Heinemann, Jeremy Hurr, Abby Kress, Kat Lee,

Trey Plutnicki, Aaron Quick, Kenneth Remaklus, Savannah Schakett, Cecelia Trippiedi

Swings……………………………………………………………. Morgan Wood, J. T. Wood

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

All performances are in Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Dates and times are as follows:

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. (Opening night, reception to follow performance)

Friday, March 31, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 6, 8 p.m.

Friday, April 7, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 8, 8 p.m.

Kids Can Design It, Build It and Keep It at Maker Mania

Westerville—Otterbein University, in partnership with the PAST Foundation, invite children to Maker Mania at The Point, a series of events to create fun projects with the help of teachers and parents. The events take place from 2-4 p.m. on April 9 and May 21 at The Point at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Rd. The cost is $10 per student per event, and free for parents and teachers.

It’s all about hands-on inventing, designing, and building. Students can leap into facilitated activities including:

• Material sciences – Gak and Oobleck

• 3D printing

• Laser cutting

• Mini-catapults

• Paper airplane challenge

Participants can take their creations home to share and continue inventing, designing and building. For more details, visit www.pastfoundation.org or call 614-340-1208.

Talk on Diversity March 23

The Graduate School at Otterbein University will present its Executive Guest Lecture Series, “Diversity and Inclusion in Health Care: A Leadership Perspective,” on Thursday, March 23, in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. A reception starts at 6 p.m. in Fisher Gallery and the presentation is at 6:30 p.m. in room 114. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is limited to 100 people. Register online at www.otterbein.edu/execlecture.

Diversity and inclusion are significant topics of discussion in health care delivery today. To help understand the significance, a panel of health care executives will explore the issues from the perspective of their organizations, their professions, the communities they serve and professional backgrounds.

Panelists will include Unhee Kim, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, president of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital; Jean Halpin, MHS, OTR/L, president of OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby Hospitals; and Greg Morrison, MD, MBA, vice president of educational partnerships and professional diversity at OhioHealth.

Otterbein University is a small private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; seven master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit www.otterbein.edu.

Otterbein Opera Theatre Presents Opera Theatre Performance of The Medium

The Otterbein University Opera Theatre program, directed by Karen Eckenroth, will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium from March 24-26 in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Performance times are 8 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and $8 for faculty, staff and senior citizens.

The Medium, composed by Gian Carlo Menotti, had its debut at Columbia University in 1946. Inspired by a séance attended by the composer himself, the story tells the sad story of Madame Flora (“Baba”), her daughter Monica, and Toby, a mute gypsy orphan. Living in conditions of near-squalor, Baba makes a living as a fake medium with Monica posing as the ghosts of her unsuspecting clients. Toby assists in the mechanics of the séances (flickering lights, a moving table and more). The business continues until, during a séance, Baba feels a “cold hand” tightening about her throat. When her customers return for another session, she tells them that she is a fake and demonstrates her tricks, but her clients protest that she must be real, that it was not Monica’s voice they heard. She gives them back their money and drives them out of the house. Blaming Toby as the one who touched her during the séance, she throws him out, as well. When he returns for some of his belongings, she shoots and inadvertently kills him, without knowing if it had been Toby who touched her.

Prison Reform Activist and Spoken Word Artist to Speak at Otterbein University

Westerville, OH— The Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecture Series at Otterbein University is proud to welcome Bryonn Bain for a lecture, Life After Lockdown: The Abolition of the Punishment Paradigm, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. The lecture is free and open to the public. Free tickets are available to the general public beginning March 29 at the Cowan Hall box office. The box office is open from 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 614-823-1109.

Bain is an assistant professor in residence in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of Brooklyn, he is a prison reform activist, actor, author, hip hop theater innovator and spoken word poetry champion.

In addition to the public lecture, Bain will visit campus twice during spring semester to meet with Otterbein students and community groups.

Described by Cornel West as an artist who “…speaks his truth with a power we desperately need to hear,” Bain has reached over 20 million viewers through his interview with Mike Wallace on “60 Minutes” and his award winning work as a BET host for the critically acclaimed weekly talk show “My Two Cents.”

Bringing the arts and education into prisons for over 25 years, Bain’s poetry and music are available on the LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN Mixtape, executive produced by the legendary founder of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc. Ever evolving, LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN has sold out on three continents worldwide.

Bain is the author of three books. His essays in THE UGLY SIDE OF BEAUTIFUL: Rethinking Race and Prisons are published by Third World Press with foreword by Mumia Abu Jamal and introduction by Lani Guinier. His poetry is available in THE PROPHET RETURNS, a hip hop generation remix of Kahlil Gibran’s classic The Prophet, and FISH & BREAD/PESCADO Y PAN, a bilingual children’s book illustrated by his son and godson (Brown Girl Books).

After teaching in the Dramatic Arts at Harvard University, Bain founded the prison education program at New York University (NYU). He then brought the courses he developed on hip hop, spoken word and the prison crisis at Boys Town Detention Center, Rikers Island, NYU, Long Island University, Columbia University and The New School to UCLA. At UCLA, he is developing a Prison Education Program and Center for Justice offering higher education at the California Institute for Women (CIW) correctional facility, the oldest women’s prison in California. He is also working with inmates at the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. In March, Bain will star in a hip hop theater/spoken word remix of The Wiz, adapted by women incarcerated at CIW prison and titled WHAT IT IZ: The Spoken Wordical.

Otterbein University to Host Guest Pianist Alexander Schimpf

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music will host guest pianist Alexander Schimpf at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Schimpf will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, and Schubert. Earlier that day, Schimpf also will present a masterclass from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/230987820669670/.

About the Artist

Over the past few years Alexander Schimpf has risen to prominence by winning a series of competitions, first winning the 2008 German Music Competition (a distinction no pianist had earned for 14 years), winning first prize at the 2009 International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, and emerging as the first German pianist ever to win first prize at the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition. His final round performance at Severance Hall with the renowned Cleveland Orchestra was given a standing ovation and additionally honored with the Audience Favorite Prize. Since winning these notable awards, Schimpf’s career has gained momentum with regular appearances at important music centers around the world. He gave debut performances at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York, the Marinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, the Great Hall of Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and the Munich Philharmonic Hall.

Born in Germany in 1981, Schimpf initially studied piano with Wolfgang Manz in Hannover and subsequently studied with Winfried Apel at the Musikhochschule Dresden as well as with Bernd Glemser in Würzburg. The pianists Cécile Ousset and Janina Fialkowska also played an important role in his artistic development.

Schimpf has performed in recital throughout Germany as well as in France (Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Cortot in Paris), Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, England, Russia, and several times in South America. He made his debut appearance at Carnegie Hall in December 2011 and has been performing in the United States frequently since then. He was invited to play recitals in Cleveland, Indianapolis, Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., among others, and received engagements as a soloist by numerous symphony orchestras throughout the country.

His engagements in Europe in the recent seasons included appearances as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Marinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Dresden Philharmonic, and the Prague Philharmonia Orchestra. Schimpf has collaborated with noted chamber music partners, including violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Julian Steckel, and the American String Quartet. Released in 2009, his first CD was co-produced by Deutschlandradio Kultur and GENUIN. His second CD recording (as an exclusive artist on the OEHMS Classics label) features works by Ravel, Scriabin, and Schubert and was released in January 2013. A third CD was released in January 2015, presenting works by Brahms, Debussy, and Beethoven. In November 2013, Schimpf was presented with the Bavarian State Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Munich.

Otterbein Phi Delta Theta Chapter Receives Top Scholarship Award

The Otterbein University chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity was awarded the President’s Scholarship Award at the tri-province retreat held at the University of Akron on Feb. 25.

The award is presented to the chapter with the highest cumulative GPA in their respective region. Otterbein University is part of the Zeta East province. Institutions such as The Ohio State University, Ashland University and Ohio University are also a part of the Zeta East province.

“We are so humbled to have received this honor,” says Brian Hammel, chapter president. “It really shows how dedicated not only this chapter is to academics, but how Greek Life at Otterbein sets the bar high for scholastic achievement.”

The tri-province retreat is a gathering of three different regions, or provinces, of Phi Delta Theta. Chapters from northern and central Ohio, as well as Michigan, are invited to participate. This year, the University of Akron hosted the event and provided a day full of networking, keynote speakers and recognition.

Phi Delta Theta has nearly 190 active chapters and colonies in 42 states and five Canadian provinces. The fraternity has initiated more than 250,000 men and currently has more than 160,000 living alumni. There are over 100 recognized alumni clubs across the U.S. and Canada.

Otterbein Hosts Martin W. Essex School For The Gifted And Talented

Otterbein University will host the 2017 Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented, a residential camp that offers rising juniors and seniors the chance to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through a set of seminars, hands-on workshops, and field trips. Held June 18-24, this residential school encourages social interaction and peer discussion so that students are challenged intellectually and artistically and develop a better understanding of their abilities and talents in their lives and in society.

The camp will feature daily workshops and seminars as well as evening field trips and events. Past campers have said:

“My experience was completely, one hundred percent, totally awesome! The professors seemed interested in what they were doing. Our camp counselors were enthusiastic and enjoying every moment!” ~ Drake Dewey, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine

“The school gave me a dynamic understanding of an overall college experience which included interesting classes, fun activities and social interaction that enriched my life in profound and surprising ways.” ~ Victoria Boals, New Albany High School

“Essex camp was one of the most fun and interesting weeks of my life!” ~ Ross O’Sulllivan, St. Francis DeSales High School

The Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented costs $650, and need-based financial assistance may be available.

For general information, call 614-823-1570 or visit www.otterbein.edu/essex for details and registration packet.

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Staff Reports

Otterbein University Theatre Presents “Damn Yankees”

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University Theatre closes its 2016-17 season with the musical “Damn Yankees” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30; 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2; and 8 p.m. on March 31-April 1 and April 6-8 in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets cost $30. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/drama.

Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd agrees to run the bases with the Devil so that his favorite team, the Washington Senators, have the chance to win the pennant against the dreaded New York Yankees. Amidst his transformation to star-slugger Joe Hardy, he realizes the true worth of the life he’s left behind and has to find a way to outsmart his fiery adversary before his soul is lost for eternity. The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot feature the songs “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets,” “(You Gotta Have) Heart” and many more home-run hits.

The production is directed by Mark Mineart, music directed by Lori Kay Harvey, and choreographed by Stella Hiatt Kane, all members of the Otterbein University faculty. Mineart last directed “Is He Dead” for Otterbein in February 2016 and has performed locally with CATCO since moving to Ohio in 2015.

Tickets are $25 each and can be reserved by calling the Otterbein University box office at 614-823-1109 or purchased online at www.otterbein.edu/drama. The box office is open 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Otterbein University Theatre & Dance and the Department of Music present: Damn Yankees

Words and Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop

Based on the novel by Douglass Wallop, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant”

March 30-April 2 and April 6-8

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Mark Mineart

Music Director: Lori Kay Harvey

Choreographer: Stella Hiatt Kane

Scenic Designer: Rob Johnson

Costume Designer: Rebecca White

Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens

Sound Designer: Doc Davis

PRINCIPAL CAST LIST

Joe Boyd (later called Joe Hardy)……………….. Colin Robertson & Matt Gittins

Meg Boyd………………………………………………………………….. Charlotte Prenevost

Mr. Applegate…………………………………………………………………… Jack Labrecque

Sister…………………………………………………………………………………. Leah Windahl

Doris…………………………………………………………………………………. Noel Isaacson

Van Buren………………………………………………………………………….. Jacob Sundlie

Gloria Thorpe………………………………………………………………………. Abigail Isom

Lola………………………………………………………………………………….. Caroline Kane

Eddie………………………………………………………………………………. Lincoln Belford

Ensemble: Tatum Beck, Kevin Buckley, Cameron Chang, Bradford Chaklos

Connor Cook, Christian Heinemann, Jeremy Hurr, Abby Kress, Kat Lee,

Trey Plutnicki, Aaron Quick, Kenneth Remaklus, Savannah Schakett, Cecelia Trippiedi

Swings……………………………………………………………. Morgan Wood, J. T. Wood

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

All performances are in Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Dates and times are as follows:

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. (Opening night, reception to follow performance)

Friday, March 31, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 6, 8 p.m.

Friday, April 7, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 8, 8 p.m.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music.