Bluffton University

Musical Directors Recall Memories

   A borrowed sawhorse that was broken, and replaced, without the director knowing what had happened. A dead character wheeled off on a dolly, to applause, during a scene change. A rented backdrop coming down during a change and winding up in a pile on the floor backstage during the show.
   Those were just a few of the memories – most humorous, others more serious – evoked on May 2 for current and past directors of Bluffton University’s May Day theatrical productions, which date to 1915.

Alumna Comes “Home” for May Day

   Margery (Lecrone) Gregg has a simple answer to the question of what keeps bringing her back to the Bluffton campus where she graduated from college in 1940.
   “It’s home,” says the Amsterdam, Ohio, resident, 96, who returned again with her daughter and son-in-law, Carol (Gregg ’66) and Jan ’69 Benroth, for Bluffton University’s annual May Day events on May 2.
   Mrs. Gregg, a retired teacher and school librarian, remembers Bluffton in the late ‘30s as a place where she and fellow female students living in Ropp Hall had assigned seats for meals. “We ate together at noon; we ate together at night,” she says, also recalling tables with white tablecloths and servers wearing white coats. “We were family.”

May Day Musical

   Jidder (played by community member Dan Stanowick) shows Big Willy (Aaron Johnson) and June (Ashley Smith) the lease that he expects June to honor in “Corn,” one of five vignettes that comprise Bluffton University’s May Day musical, “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” The celebratory parody of musical theatre greats will be staged at 7:30 p.m. April 30 through Saturday in Founders Hall.

May Entertainment and Events

May 1             
May Day Musical: “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” 7:30 p.m., Founders Hall. Tickets, $15 for reserved seats and $5 for general-admission bleacher seats, are available online at; for assistance with tickets, call the box office at 419-358-3239.

May 2             
May Day: A full schedule of events is available at

May Day Run/Walk: Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the event, at 8 a.m., Sommer Center. For more information, see

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