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A Night of Broadway and Movie Musicals at the University

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (May 13, 2004) -- An eclectic taste of music comes to Ohio University - Zanesville at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 17, in the Elson Hall Auditorium as student Sherri Francis shares "A Night of Broadway and Movie Musicals."

Francis has been taking voice lessons on the OU-Zanesville campus for the past 2-1/2 years. Students must first take Class Voice before they are given the option of private voice lessons.

"Most of my students in Music 340 are music majors or have a background in music and, like Sherri, put a lot of work into their class," said instructor Thomas Havelka.

Francis shared, "Music is a language all its own and if I can contribute by sharing what I've learned or what I know then the language is passed on to others."

For the Night of Broadway and Movie Musicals, Francis would only reveal she would be singing, "Put on a Happy Face" from Bye Bye Birdie and "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas. Her personal favorite of the night will be a special arrangement by Havelka from Jekyll and Hyde.

Francis and Havelka decided she should work on a recital a year ago so she could share her passion for music. Since then Francis has been singing while pursuing her double majors of Electronic Media and Specialized Studies while still taking care of her family. While preparing for the event, her family has chipped in to help make this an extra-special night.

Francis started singing around the age of seven when she performed as "Mrs. Frosty" in a class play. She began to realize the extent of her singing ability in fifth grade while performing in "The King and I," a production which traveled throughout Columbus.

Francis grew up in Grandview Heights and currently lives in Zanesville with her family. She believes she is ready to share her talent with her friends on campus as well as the community.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Public Relations office at (740) 588-1509.

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Media Contact: Public Relations Coordinator Connie Shriver, (740) 588-1509

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