Taylor Stepp is stage manager for musical

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Taylor Stepp of Atwater will be transporting audiences through time with the smash hit, off Broadway production "Songs for a New World."

Stepp is majoring in theater. She is the daughter of James and Kathleen Stepp of Atwater. Stepp is a 2011 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville. Stepp is a stage manager in the up and coming musical "Songs for a New World" at Ashland University.

The evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre on Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 16.

Billed as a series of songs connected by the theme "It's about one moment," this pop, gospel, jazz musical revue transports audiences through time and across the world from the deck of a 1492 Spanish ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue.

Cast members introduce those attending to an array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto, to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage.

The five cast members who portray multiple characters in the show include: senior musical theater majors Katie Mounts, Kelsey Bowens, Jacob Poiner and Christian Neely, along with junior theatre major De'Andre Peterson.

New for the 2013-14 theater season is "Inside the Season" pre-show talks, which are offered before the second Friday performance of each production.

The "Inside the Season" pre-show talk for "Songs for a New World" will be held at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 21. Patrons will have an opportunity to discuss the show with the directors who will lead the pre-show talk.

They will give audience members the inside story as they learn more about the production and its creators.

Tickets for the performances are $10 for adults; $9 for senior citizens, students, University faculty/staff; $8 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students.

To purchase tickets, call the Ashland University Box Office at 419-289-5125 or purchase online 24/7 at www.ashland.edu/tickets.

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