Lancaster – The Ohio University Lancaster Campus is mourning the loss of a student. According to an obituary published in the Lancaster Eagle Gazette, Audria McManus died on January 1. McManus was a student in the Deaf Studies and Interpreting program, and she was also involved in the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre.
"It was a privilege to have known her and to see her joy for the arts," said Theatre Director Victor Jones. "Audria's theatre family at OUL will cherish the time we spent with her in our classes and our productions."
A 2010 graduate of Lancaster High School, the 20-year old was an honors student and was in the school choir. She worked at "The Added Touch" in the River Valley Mall.
"This is horrible news. She was such a beautiful, sweet, loving young woman," said Deaf Studies and Interpreting Program Coordinator Becky Brooks. "We are all deeply saddened by her passing."
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the New Life Christian Center in Lancaster.
"Audria was in one of my very first theatre classes at OUL. She was a featured vocalist in a Theatre Showcase. She sang 'Nothing' from 'A Chorus Line.' Her big voice and acting skills sold the song," said Jones. "And I can't forget her comedic timing in Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None.' She was a real scene stealer in that production. Audria also worked backstage building the set for Neil Simon's 'Rumors.' Her big personality and joy for singing and acting were evident every time she stepped on the OUL stage."