Friday, August 26, 2016

Auditions for PIPPIN Open to All

Ashland University Department of Theatre announces open auditions for their upcoming production of the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival--Pippin. Community members and Ashland University students, faculty and staff are invited to audition.

Vocal auditions for Pippin will be held Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m. with dance auditions held on Friday, September 2 at 6 p.m., and call-backs immediately following the dance auditions on Friday. All auditions will be held in Ashland University's Hugo Young Theatre located at 331 College Avenue, Ashland.

Pippin will be directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Sean Parker with musical direction by Dr. Rowland Blackley, Director of Choral Activities. Performances are slated for February 10-18 and include roles for three women and three men, chorus members and a young boy. Auditionees should prepare 16-32 bars of a song in a style similar to the show or a song can also be provided for those who do not have one. An accompanist will be provided. 

For more information, contact Tricia Applegate, Coordinator of Publicty and Events, at or 419.289.5950, or visit AU Theatre online at or

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ashland Area Chorus Accepting New Members

Entering its eighteenth season, the Ashland Area Chorus (AAC) is dedicated to a mission of learning great music and singing it beautifully. The chorus is open to all singers from Ashland and surrounding counties and includes Ashland University faculty, staff and students as well as other singers from the wider community. Though no formal audition is required for membership, AAC members must be pitch accurate (sing 'on key') and be able to learn and perform their parts successfully. Previous choral experience is helpful.

Rehearsals for the fall semester begin Monday, August 29 from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts and continue at the same time on subsequent Mondays, but will not meet on Labor Day.

This fall, the chorus will perform Dvořák's Mass in D on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The chorus will also perform at Ashland University's annual Festival of Lights service on December 11.

Membership in AAC is open to all adults. Students still in high school may also participate with the permission of the ensemble's director.  A nominal membership fee of $25 for adults and $15 for high school students is requested and payable by the fourth week of rehearsals to continue participation in the ensemble for the semester. The membership fee is payable at the Ashland University Box Office via phone at 419.289.5125 or online at by clicking on the "Buy Tickets & Memberships" icon.

For further information, contact the Chorus’ director Libby Slade at or (419) 685-5460.