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June 04, 2014 : Fundraiser for Wagner Theatre July 26 at OUL
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – The Ohio University Lancaster Theatre program is thriving.  Theatre Director Victor Jones is keeping students busy with four productions a year on the Wagner Theatre stage.  The Wagner Theatre is also used by many community organizations including the Lancaster Arts and Civic Club, the Lancaster Men’s Chorus, and the Lancaster Festival.  To keep up, the stage which was built in the 1960s, needs to be updated.
“There are several improvements that need to be made to the Wagner Theatre,” said Mandi Custer, Director of Development for OUL. “Right now, we’re going to focus on the most important things, which are acoustics and lighting. Most of what we currently have is 50 years old.”
Custer is holding a fundraiser for the Wagner Theatre on July 26. “Breakfast with Cinderella and The Prince” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event will be a fundraiser for improvements to the Wagner Theatre. The theatre was designed in the 1960s and does not meet today’s industry standards. Improvements will enhance the viewer experience during productions in the theatre. With improved facilities, the theatre also will be equipped to host more visiting artists and performers and to serve as a venue for lectures by nationally-known speakers.  Such talks will enrich and educate students and community members alike.
“When we learned that the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre was going to perform ‘Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ this summer, we knew we had a rare opportunity to do a special event surrounding the production,” said Custer. “We knew that a breakfast with Cinderella and The Prince would be something successful and popular.”
Breakfast offerings at the event will include items like French toast sticks, quiche, and fruit salad. In addition to many little “prince” and “princesses,” the cast of Cinderella will be special guests to the event.  Everyone will enjoy many special activities as part of this rare opportunity.
“It will be a wonderful experience,” said Custer. “We are really excited about it at OUL.”
Tickets will cost $40 dollars per person for adults and children.  An entire table, which will seat eight people, can be purchased for $300.  Guests must pre-register in order to attend.  Tickets will not be sold at the door. To request a personal invitation which will contain details on how to purchase tickets and make a reservation, please email Amber Landis at