2017, february, newspaper, ThisWeekNews

New Aldi planned for West Waterloo

Posted Feb 13, 2017 at 6:05 PM

Officials from grocery retailer Aldi said last week the new store the company
plans to build at 720 W. Waterloo St. in Canal Winchester will include features
added to the design because of feedback from customers.

“The new store will have upgrades such as expanded cooler sections and healthy
tips within the produce section,” said Sarah Brown, Aldi Springfield division vice
president. “All of our new stores are modern and easy to navigate, with more
room for customers’ favorite products, inviting colors, high ceilings and natural

She said the store would be built with environmentally friendly materials such as
energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting.

An expanded variety of fresh foods and a full suite of Aldi products will be
available at the new Canal Winchester store, Brown said.

Officials from Aldi would not disclose the project cost.

Information on the city’s website said plans are to have the store open before the
end of this year.

The site was occupied by New Faith Church Assembly of God.

The church congregation has been meeting at Wagnalls Memorial Library in
Lithopolis since Nov. 20, 2016.

City Development Director Lucas Haire said Aldi purchased the 4-acre site but plans to develop only half of it for the new store.

The remaining 2 acres will be sold, he said. “This creates an opportunity for another restaurant or retailer to go into that location,” he said.

Haire said more retail activity benefits everyone in the community.

“I think it is great to have another grocery option for the community,” he said.

According to its website, Aldi currently has more than 1,600 stores in 35 states, serving more than 40 million customers.


2017, blog, book, book review, february, myblog

"How to Murder Your Life" Book Review

This weekend, I inhaled the memoir “How to Murder Your Life” by Cat Marnell
It’s all I talked about to my roommate and boyfriend. 
I first heard about this book when it was mentioned in a magazine page suggesting books to read (I think it was Glamour but the fact-checkers have not confirmed this yet).  Now, I think it’s a bit ironic that Cat’s career began and ended in magazines and then her tell-all, drug-infused memoir is promoted inside the pages of a magazine. 
I loved the book. I laughed out loud a few times and was both inspired and disgusted by her life. I burst out laughing when she described getting into a car with a guy who immediately shot up some drugs into his arm and she sarcastically said how turned on this made her. She admitted it was gross but that was her life at the time. I couldn’t help but be impressed by how she landed multiple positions at Conde Nast, by how much she partied and how little she slept. She’s an impressive woman but I wouldn’t recommend this book to any middle schoolers, that’s for sure. 
I enjoyed reading about the highs and lows of her life, that she so openly shared. She explained how she couldn’t focus in class in high school and so her psychiatrist dad then prescribed Adderall and how that changed her life. She was hooked. From then on, she needed the pills in order to function and was too energized to sleep so she needed to start taking sleeping pills, and you get the idea. The frenzied sentences, the repetition of phrases and self-loathing scenes seemed to capture what addiction feels like.  
The writing felt so fresh to me and like I was reading a friend’s blog. So casual and revealing. 
While reading the book, I had never heard of Cat Marnell and didn’t know that she looked like a real-life Barbie doll (No seriously, Google her.) 

Ultimately, I loved her writing. It was raw, relevant and real. I usually only read memoirs by comedians and so this was a refreshing memoir from someone who is glamorous, funny yet also very addicted to Adderall (even in the Afterword she acknowledged that she hasn’t stopped doing drugs.) She’s had a fascinating life and I can’t wait to see what she will do next. This is the best book I’ve read in a while. 
2016, Baking, blog, cookies, debbie, deborahgillum, february, myblog, recipe

Vegan and Gluten Free Cookies

I enjoy baking and wanted to challenge myself with my next recipe.
I chose to make cookies, but not just any regular cookies: These are vegan, whole grain and gluten free. 
For the recipe, I had to go shopping. So I went to Kroger and in the healthy food section, purchased new ingredients like raw sugar, coconut oil, oat flour, vegan chocolate chips (I admit at first I didn’t realize chocolate chips have milk from cows in them) and other special ingredients. 
Cookies before baking
It was a fun challenge to make these special delicious cookies and I hope to try more vegan and gluten free recipes. Now that I have some of the ingredients, like a big jar of coconut oil, nothing is stopping me from making similar baked goodies. 
I found the recipe on Pinterest by searching “gluten free vegan cookies” and it’s from a blog called Texanerin. 
This recipe took me about an hour total I made 24 large cookies. I could’ve made 36 normal size cookies.

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour (use certified gluten-free oat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons raw sugar or coconut sugar (I used raw sugar)
  • 1/2 cup  milk of choice (but not canned coconut milk, as it’s too thick) (I used Almond Milk)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups  rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats, if necessary) (Quaker makes gluten free oats)
  • 1/2 cup  chopped walnuts (Why is a little bag of nuts soooo expensive at the grocery? Oh well.)
  • 3/4 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips 

What my cookie dough looked like
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F
  •  Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the oat flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  • In a large bowl, add the coconut oil, sugar, milk and vanilla and beat with a large spoon or with an electric hand or stand mixer until well combined. Slowly add in the dry ingredient mixture and stir just until combined.
  • Fold in the oats, walnuts and chocolate chips. Form into 1″ balls and place 3″ apart on the prepared baking sheet. Do not press the balls down.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the centers of the cookies no longer appear wet (they should not brown – if they do, they’re overbaked and will be cakey instead of chewy). They should have formed a light crust.
  • Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

2016, Baking, blog, debbie, february, muffin, myblog, recipe

Cream Cheese Cranberry Muffins

On Feb. 2 I finally baked Cream Cheese Cranberry Muffins. It was one of those recipes I’d been thinking about baking for a month or so but kept putting it off because I was “too busy.” Like, I had the ingredients bought and ready for a week or so.

I got the recipe from my Taste of Home Bakeshop Favorites book, but it’s also available online here
In no way, shape or form did I invent this recipe. I’m not that advanced.

If I could make these muffins, again, I’d halve the recipe because it makes 2 dozen and that’s too many muffins for one girl.

I’d also follow the instructions properly and not mix up teaspoons and tablespoons. Yup, I added 1 1/2 tablespoons of both vanilla extract and baking powder. I was pretty embarrassed when I realized my mistake. I thought “Huh, seems like a lot of baking powder.” Well, because it was too much.

My muffins turned out fine but I’m sure I caused some unknown internal damage to the muffin batter.

Cream Cheese Cranberry Muffins Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup butter, softened  (I used two whole butter sticks and microwaved it for 10-15 seconds) 
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened  (Again, I nuked mine in the microwave for 10 secs)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract  (Note to Deborah: teaspoon. Not tablespoon.) 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder (Note to Deborah: teaspoon. Not tablespoon.) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries  (So I couldn’t find frozen cranberries in Meijer. I used a can of liquidy cranberries. I also bought some frozen raspberries. The can of cranberries was fine. I didn’t measure a full two cups. I just drained the can through a strainer and poured it in.)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (I love pecans. Favorite part of the recipe.)

DRIZZLE:  (I didn’t make the drizzle)

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°. 
  • In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. (I used my Kitchen Aid mixer)
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. 
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. 
  • Fold in cranberries and pecans.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. 
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean. 
  • Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • Combine confectioners’ sugar and milk; drizzle over muffins. 
2016, blog, debbie, debbiegillum, february, myblog, review, songs

Currently Listening To

My top 5 songs right now:

  • 7 Years by Lukas Graham
    • This is one of those songs where I listened to it on repeat probably 5 times in my car. I heard it at the bowling alley, of all places. It caught my attention because of how soulful it sounded and because I thought it was Andy Grammar singing. Whoops. The lyrics are so sincere and it reminds me of that song “100 Years” by Five for Fighting. I’m  a big fan. I like songs where the artist is brave enough to write down how they are actually feeling, whether that’s frustrated by the music industry or insecure about their own art. I admire their honesty.
  • My House by Flo Rida
    • Aziz Ansari described Flo Rida the best: “When you hear a Flo Rida song at first you’re like, ‘What is this, Flo Rida? It’s the same thing you’ve always done. I’m not listening to this song.’ And then you keep hearing it and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, Flo Rida. You’ve done it again! This is a hit, baby!’ And that’s what people are like. People are like a Flo Rida song. You need to hear them a couple of times before you really get what they’re about.”
    • That’s exactly how I felt about this song. At fist I thought “Ugh, not again” but pretty soon I was like “Yeah, this is my house!” It’s too darn catchy and silly. I saw this music video on MTV and asked myself “Is this really where we are in 2016?” This is the progress we made?” Then I shook my head. 
  • 3 AM by Mads Langer
    • I loved Mads Langer when I was abroad in Denmark and I still like him. He’s a Danish pop singer but he sings in English. I’m not saying I like this song more than his song “Elephant” because I don’t think I could like any song by him more than “Elephant” (The one lyric is “I feel like I’m an elephant in a porcelain shop.”) but this is a fun disco pop song. I like to jam out to it in my car. 
    • It’s the type of song that you could jam out to at a bar or club on a Friday or Saturday night. Just a fun upbeat song.  Don’t listen to it for the lyrics, just listen to the sound. 
  • Mississippi by The Griswolds
    • I first heard of The Griswolds when they opened up for a concert I went to. They might have opened up for New Politics or Smallpools. I usually have low expectations for opening bands but man, they blew me away. They have a chill sound and up temp beats. 
    • Plus, isn’t “The Griswolds” a kinda cool band name. I’m assuming they love the “Vacation” movies.
    • In this song, the lead singer sings occasionally in this neat high pitched voice and it sounds so melodic.  I’ve only seen the Mississippi river in Memphis but this song from how great it sounds, makes me want to drive down south.
  • Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) by The Vamps 
    • Simon and Garfunkle will always own the best version of “Cecilia.” However, The Vamps did a pretty cool remake of the song. Bonus: Shawn Mendes is in the song too. Love him! I heard this on Spotify Radio and at first thought it was another cover of Cecilia but then in the middle, I realized they had combined two songs and added some different parts in the middle. This song opened my eyes to how cool the band The Vamps is. I like their boy band pop sound because I have the musical tastes of a tweenager. I mean, look how cool those guys look. 
2015, february, ThisWeek, ThisWeekNews, westerville

Griffin to speak at church fundraiser for meal program

Proceeds will fund the Westerville Christian Church’s Friday Fare program

Wednesday February 25, 2015 8:53 AM

Ohio State football legend and two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin will speak at the Friday Fare fundraiser at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Westerville Christian Church, 471 E. College Ave.

It’s the first time the church has hosted such a well-known figure but not its first Friday Fare program, organizers said.

In 2008, as part of the church’s 40th anniversary celebration, Friday Fare began as a ministry to reach out and help the Westerville community.

A small group of volunteers delivered bags containing weekend meals to the families of six Westerville students who participate in the district’s free lunch program.

Six years later, the Friday Fare program has mushroomed. It now serves 90 families in 13 Westerville schools, providing about 700 meals a week, church officials said.

Recipients are recommended by school officials, who target families who need a little extra help.

Greg Bondurant, lead minister at Westerville Christian Church, said he does not know specifically what Griffin will speak about but he knows it will be relevant and powerful.

“Archie’s heart resonates with helping hungry kids get food. I know that in some capacity he will share a little about his childhood, his OSU days and that Friday Fare is something he supports,” Bondurant said in an e-mail.

There will be time for a question-and-answer session with Griffin, too.

Bondurant said community members should come to the event because it’s an opportunity to raise money to buy food for hungry families and to meet a well-known public figure.

“They will get a chance to meet someone like Archie Griffin who has been a great ambassador for children, the Ohio State University and the community of Westerville,” he said.

Tracy Rush, a member of Westerville Christian Church, said Griffin and his wife, Bonita, longtime Westerville-area residents, have supported Friday Fare in the past.

Rush said that getting Griffin to come was just a matter of asking.

“To put it simply, one of our ministers is a friend of his, and, well, he just asked. Archie enthusiastically responded with a yes,” she said in an e-mail.

After Griffin earned his degree in industrial relations at OSU, he was a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1976.

He’s currently president and CEO of the Ohio State University Alumni Association and the university’s senior vice president for alumni relations.

Rush said the church expects 150-200 guests to attend the Friday Fare Fundraiser. All proceeds will fund the growing weekend meal program.

Tickets to Griffin’s talk Friday are $75 each or $125 for two and may be purchased by contacting Jennifer Price at 614-891-6842 or by e-mail at jennifer.price@westervillechristian.org.

2015, february, ThisWeek, ThisWeekNews, westerville

School board OKs all-day kindergarten

Tuition will be charged and 260 spots will be available in the first year, with a lottery to decide openings
Wednesday February 11, 2015 11:10 AM

The Westerville Board of Education with a 4-1 vote approved plans to offer all-day kindergarten for a limited number of students, starting this fall.

Selection for one of 260 available spots will be determined by a lottery system and families will be charged a tuition of $300 a month per student.

Launching the program in the district has been under study for some time. Barbara Wallace, the school district’s executive director of elementary academic affairs, presented two options for implementation to school board members at their meeting Monday, Feb. 9.

She said the benefits of all-day kindergarten include more time for teachers to teach curriculum, a more relaxed learning environment and higher long-term achievement for students.

“Providing all-day kindergarten would provide peace of mind for parents because students would be learning important skills all day long,” she said.

The first option presented was conservative, in the sense that it would serve only 104 students in 2015-16, but also would cost the district less money.

The second option, which the board approved, will offer four classes at now-closed Longfellow Elementary School and six classes in current buildings that have space, and will serve up to 260 students.

For the 2016-17 school year, three kindergarten classes would be added in the magnet program school buildings and additional classes could be added based on community need and available space.

Board President Tracy Davidson said she favored option two in order to “build a better foundation in Westerville” and motioned to move forward with the plan.

In the proposal, tuition costs would be $300 per month per student but would be reduced for families who qualify.

The cost to the district of all-day kindergarten will be offset by tuition payments but also will be funded through the general fund, said Treasurer Bart Griffith.

The state only mandates that districts provide half-day kindergarten but other central Ohio districts, including Columbus, Gahanna-Jefferson, South-Western (also starting this fall), Whitehall and Worthington, offer full-day kindergarten.

Current kindergarten teachers at the meting Monday told board members why they need more classroom time with students.

Huber Ridge Elementary School teacher Kathy Gauen explained how the curriculum has changed drastically and with only 2.5 hours of daily classroom time now, it’s difficult to cover all the material.

“We’re maximizing the time we have with students right now. But, for students who come to us with a language deficit, we need more time with them before they take that third-grade reading test,” she said.

Chris Blados, principal of Huber Ridge, said that half-day kindergarten does not allow students enough play time or allow teachers to go into enough depth.

“The new curriculum standard wants us to go in-depth and with only a short amount of time, it creates a lot of pressure on teachers,” he said.

Board member Carol French voiced concerns about the cost of all-day kindergarten. She advocated starting out with a pilot program, similar to the presented first option.

“I worry about trying to satisfy everyone. We can’t be all things for everyone,” she said.

French was the only board member to vote no.

Superintendent John Kellogg said he supported adopting full-day kindergarten for many reasons, one of which is it will put students back in the Longfellow Elementary building.

Longfellow, 120 Hiawatha Ave., was closed in the summer of 2012 following budget cuts and a planned phaseout of the magnet school program. The program has been restored, but the building remains closed.

Board member Nancy Nestor-Baker said she views full-day kindergarten as an expansion of district services rather than “diving into unchartered territory.”

“I’m concerned that if we don’t address our diverse incoming population, we won’t be able to maintain our current level of excellence. We need to provide students the best environment to help them become ready for school,” she said.

Board member Rick Vilardo said his biggest concern is there might not be enough time to notify the community of the change.

Wallace assured the board that the community will become aware of the change during a planned media blitz in February and March.

District kindergarten enrollment will open in March, with the all-day kindergarten lottery drawing taking place at the end of April, and parents will be notified of the lottery outcome in May, she said.

2015, february, newspaper, schools, ThisWeek, ThisWeekNews, westerville

Genoa students become published authors

Wednesday February 11, 2015 11:08 AM

See it on ThisWeekNews.com

More than 330 Genoa Middle School sixth-graders participated in National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo for short — collectively writing 1,211,471 words.

Deanna McDaniel, Genoa’s media specialist, helped lead the NaNoWriMo writing challenge.

Traditionally, NaNoWriMo is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project where any adult can challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word rough draft of a novel during the month of November.

But NaNoWriMo also offers a young writers program that allows 17-and-under participants to set individual word-count goals.

McDaniel worked together with Genoa’s sixth-grade language arts teachers Tracy Jados, Emily Minney and Carly Young to create virtual classrooms through the NaNoWriMo young writers program.

Across the world, 4,132 classrooms in 51 different countries participated in the young writers program.

“For the whole month of November, I had students writing furiously the whole school day in the library,” McDaniel said.

Students used their lunch period and study halls to come to the library to work on their stories.

“As long as I had a free computer, I would let them in,” McDaniel said.

Rachel Wetherby said she liked coming to the library to participate because it’s her favorite place at the school. She wrote a fantasy story featuring prophecies and shape-shifting dragons.

“It all just came to me. I didn’t know what was going to happen until I typed it,” she said. “My friend helped me with my story and I helped her, too.”

Participants also took advantage of the school district’s new GoogleDrive accounts for students. Using GoogleDrive, students could work on their stories at home and on any mobile device.

Students took advantage of the technology by continuing their writing after school.

“About halfway through the month, I had a sixth-grader come shyly up to me and show me their smartphone with the Google app on it. He looked at me and said, ‘Don’t tell my parents, but I have been writing my story on my phone under the covers after they think I have gone to sleep!’ “

Student Jenna Owsiak, who authored a novel titled Missing for the program, said ideas for her story often would come to her as she was sitting on the couch at home watching television.

“I would write a couple times a day, whenever I thought of something. Sometimes I’d write 1,000 words a day. I’ll probably do NaNoWriMo again next year,” she said.

Every student who met their goal earned a code from CreateSpace, a publishing website, to receive five free copies of their novel in paperback form.

“Right now most students are in the process of editing their novels before they finalize the published copy and order their books,” McDaniel said.

Each paperback will feature a unique cover designed by the student and an ISBN number. McDaniel described it as “a book ready to sell.”

Student Hibba Hyajneh wrote a fantasy story called The 14th Star about two princesses and their two enemies.

“I read a lot of fantasy books so it was neat to be able to make one of my own. I’m really proud of it,” she said.

Some students didn’t even need the full month to write their stories.

Ryan Boerger wrote his novel, The Job, in only two weeks.

“It was the first story I ever wrote,” he said. “I think the experience made me a better writer and I plan on continuing to write.”

city, city council, february, johnstown, johnstownindependent, johnstownvillage, ThisWeek, ThisWeekNews

Council sweeps aside street-cleaner lease request

Monday February 9, 2015 12:04 PM
See the original online story here

Johnstown Village Council’s Feb. 3 meeting was mostly business as usual, with the exception of a mild debate regarding a street sweeper.

Village service director Jack Liggett asked council to approve a measure that would allow the village to lease a new street-sweeping machine.

Liggett said the village’s 1999 model and is in need of repairs that could cost as much as $25,000. He also pointed out that the machine is designed to clean parking lots, not an entire village.

He proposed entering a lease with a supplier for a 2015 Tymco 435. The $104,000 machine would be leased for 36 months at an interest rate of 3 percent, he said.

Liggett said a new street sweeper would more efficiently clean curbs, feature hydraulic brooms, help reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff and likely last 15 years.

Councilman Bill Van Gundy asked where the village would get the money for the lease.

Village Manager Jim Lenner said the only available money is in the estate-tax fund, adding that expenditures in the general fund already are earmarked through 2018.

Liggett said a lease would be a better option than a purchase.

“Buying the street sweeper all at once and not leasing it would be detrimental to our ability to bond more money,” he said. “By spreading it across over a lease, it makes our bondability better.”

According to Lenner, the balance in the estate-tax fund is $656,164.

As of Jan. 1, 2013, the estate tax, which had been imposed on transfers of assets from resident decedents, was abolished by the state.

Drawing such a large amount from special funds poses the risk of receiving a lower bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service Inc. and, therefore, higher interest rates. In 2014, Johnstown received the Moody’s highest rating of MIG 1 for short-term debt.

According to the Moody’s website, the MIG 1 designation “denotes best quality. There is present strong protection by established cash flows, superior liquidity support or demonstrated broad-based access to the market for refinancing.”

Mayor Sean Staneart said only the general fund should be used for such an expense, adding that the estate-tax fund shouldn’t be used unless the expenditure somehow generates income to replenish it.

“The street sweeper generates goodwill, not money,” he said. “Never, since I’ve been here, have we tapped into the estate fund to buy equipment. I think we need it, but I don’t think we have the finances for it. We already have a tight budget, and at some point, we have to start living within our budget. If everyone says they want a street sweeper, then let’s go to the voting booth.”

The vote was 4-3, with Sean Staneart, Bob Orsini, William Van Gundy and Cheryl Robertson voting against the street sweeper and Sharon Hendren, David Keck and Carol Van Deest voting for it.

february, play, ThisWeek, ThisWeekNews, westerville

South brings ‘page to the stage’ this week

Thursday February 5, 2015 5:37 PM

From ThisWeek News

The family-friendly William Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night’s Dream is coming to Westerville this week.

The Westerville South High School Theatre Department will perform the Bard’s comedy at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6-8.

Director Matthew Wolfe said he was surprised at how excited students were to tackle Shakespeare’s sometimes difficult language.

“When I first told them we’d be performing Shakespeare, I ducked,” he laughed. “But the students were so eager and up to the challenge.

“I thought the most challenging part would be the language but they were champs. They studied their lines over winter break and really blew me away.”

Teachers have thanked Wolfe for choosing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, because they can incorporate the play into their curriculum.

Eighth-grade students from Walnut Springs Middle School were reading the play in their English classes and planning a field trip to South to see it.

Wolfe hopes younger audiences come experience Shakespeare and he urged community members to “give it a shot” because of its kid-friendly content and short time frame.

“It’s a one-act, 90-minute comedy and all the jokes are clean and fun,” he said. “We’re bringing the page to the stage for a fun way to expose everyone to Shakespeare.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess.

Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, there is a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites and elves.

For nearly a month, the cast and crew have been staying after school and working hard every day on the production.

Senior Gabby Robinson, who plays Hermia, said she loves the stage combat.

“I like the fight scene where I get to attack Helena,” she said. “We had a really great teacher, Steven Meeker from Otterbein, help us with the fight choreography.”

Miranda Cotman, a senior, plays Oberon, Lord of the Fairies. After high school, Cotman plans on majoring in theater at Otterbein.

“My favorite part is when I get to yell at and reprimand Jaii Morales’ character,” she said.

Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is played by senior Aaron Eversole. He was in the One Acts last year and this is his first main stage production at South.

“I love the people in the show. The whole cast is entertaining to watch.”

He said people should come see the show because it’s hilarious.

“Shakespeare is actually funny when it’s outside the classroom and when you’re not being forced to watch it.”

Jalissa Frye, a junior and the assistant tech director, helped build and design the set.

“It was mainly student-led and everyone on tech had input,” she said. “For that reason, I think it’s the best set we’ve ever done.”

The only guidelines given to students by Technical Director Derrick McPeak were that the set needed a ramp and a treehouse.

Frye said the set went up “really, really fast” — in less than three weeks.

About 60 students auditioned for the 32 roles. More than 50 students are involved in the play onstage and backstage.

Tickets cost $6 and can be purchased at the door at South, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.