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April 08, 2015 : Lancaster Men’s Chorus Donates to Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

 

Lancaster – More than 40 years ago, the Lancaster Men’s Chorus started performing its annual “Ham & Eggs Show” on the Wagner Theatre stage.  Now, The Chorus is giving back to the venue that has supported them for nearly four decades.  The Lancaster Men’s Chorus recently donated $1,000 from its general fund to the Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign.
 
“In 1971, in cooperation with OUL, Jeff Wagner and the theatre department, the Men’s Chorus presented a musical program for Lancaster and Fairfield County,” said Lancaster Men’s Chorus Member John Sweyer.  This program became the first ‘Ham & Eggs Show’ and 44 years later, The Chorus continues to enjoy the support of the OUL community. This ongoing cooperation has provided The Men’s Chorus the opportunity to award $100,000 in musical scholarships to Lancaster and Fairfield County students.”
 
“I’m thrilled that The Chorus was able to make this contribution in addition to continuing the important work of our college scholarships for area students,” said Lancaster Men’s Chorus Member Wes Osborn.
 
The Wagner Theatre is a 475-seat theatre located in the heart of Brasee Hall at OUL. The space was constructed in the late 1960s.  For nearly 50 years, the theatre has been a venue for year-round theatrical, cultural, academic and artistic opportunities for our community, students and alumni. The time has come when OUL must update and upgrade The Wagner Theatre in order to provide the best experience for our audiences.  To do this OUL has embarked on a $250,000 campaign for The Wagner Theatre Improvement Project.  
 
During the upcoming May, 2015 performance of “Ham & Eggs,” The Chorus will ask audience members to show their support for the Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign too.  The Chorus hopes those attending the show will make a donation to the Wagner Theatre Campaign in collection boxes at the event.
 
“We are going to collect donations during our shows May 6th through the 9th in hopes of raising another $1000,” said Lancaster Men’s Chorus President Eric McCrady. “One hundred percent of what is collected will be donated to the Wagner Theatre Campaign as a donation from the ‘Friends of the Lancaster Men’s Chorus.”
 
About $175,000 has been raised for the Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign so far.  For more information please contact Mandi Custer, director of development, Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 740-654-6711, ext. 234 or via email at custera@ohio.edu