SOPAA and SSU announce a new season with a lineup of nine shows and entertainment.
The Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association (SOPAA) and Shawnee State University announce the new season with a whole new lineup of nine shows and entertainment.
America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. begins the new season on Tuesday, Sept. 23. He will be backed by a jazz ensemble comprised of musicians from the tri-state area, directed by Portsmouth's own Mark Smith. Joining Landau will be "Legends of MoTown" with Glenn Leonard, former lead vocalist for The Temptations; Joe Coleman, lead singer with The Platters; and Ron McPhatter, son of Clyde McPhatter, founder and lead singer of The Drifters. The lineup also includes:
Thursday, Oct. 9: "First Person: Seeing America." Iconic photographs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art – searing pictures of the Civil War and haunting portraits from the Great Depression – with the music of Ensemble Galilei combining traditional and folk music of those who immigrated to America.
Tuesday, Nov. 4: "Keyboard Conversations." Master pianist Jeffrey Siegel provides an intimate experience of musical performance interspersed with engaging commentary in a program that will include familiar melodies from Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Gershwin.
Thursday, Nov. 13: "Elf the Musical." Elf is the endearingly goofy tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts.
Tuesday, Dec. 16: The group CutTime Simfonica fuses traditional chamber sounds with modern pop, blues and rock to create an amazing experience.
Thursday, Feb. 12: "Anything Goes." This Cole Porter classic is the source of memorable standards such as "I Get a Kick Out of You," and of course, "Anything Goes."
Thursday, March 5: "Annie Moses Band." The Annie Moses Band is an award-winning family of seven musicians and songwriters whose roots are in classical, jazz and Christian music.
Wednesday, March 18: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." Based on the 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain, this satirical play tells the story of Hank Morgan, a Yankee engineer from Connecticut who is transported back into the court of King Arthur, following a blow to the head.
Monday, April 27: "Peter and the Starcatcher." In this clever stage adaptation of the novel "Peter and the Starcatcher," imagined as a prequel to Peter Pan, we learn that Peter was once an orphaned English boy.
Three more events are added to the lineup and sold separately from the subscription series: the Oak Ridge Boys annual concert; the multimedia production, Intergalactic Nemesis; and an appearance by Prairie Home Companion creator Garrison Keillor.
Current subscribers will be able to purchase tickets for all events, except for the Oak Ridge Boys concert, starting in June. Oak Ridge Boys tickets will go on sale on August 25. New subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased at the McKinley Box Office after July 28 in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Family, group, student and senior discounts are available. For more information, call 740-351-3600, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.sopaa.org.