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Shawnee State University and Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association Announce Line Up of the 2015-16 Season


April 29


SSU and SOPAA are happy to announce the list of shows for the 2015-16 season.

Shawnee State University and the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association are happy to announce the list of shows for the 2015-16 season.

This year’s season also marks the twentieth year of the SSU/SOPAA partnership that has brought all the exciting performances to southern Ohio. 

2015 Shows

September 17: Under the Streetlamp

A musical group comprised of young men, recently performing in “Jersey Boys,” will be singing hit songs of Doo Wop, Motown and other classic Rock’ N Roll songs. 

October 11: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most enduring musical show that reimagines the trials and triumphs of the Biblical story of Joseph and his eleven brother.

November 10: The Jason Bishop Show

Known in the illusionist community as something of wunderkind, Bishop’s show includes the rarely performed and breathtaking double levitation, as well as cutting edge Op-Art and Plasma illusions presented alongside an outstanding soundtrack of rock and pop.

December 1: Terry Barber

Enjoy Christmas music of the classical, traditional and contemporary styles performed by Terry Barber, an international artist who has been a soloist for the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall.

2016 Shows

February 1: Polish Baltic Philharmonic

Direct from Gdansk, Poland, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic captures the prideful stoicism of contemporary Poland and the larger Baltic Sea coast. The performance will include music by Wagner, Chopin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Beethoven performed by the Symphonic Orchestra of the Philharmonic.

March 14: Million Dollar Quartet

Relive the iconic songs of legendary Rock’ N Roll artists, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, perform hits such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’s All Right,” “Walk the Line,” and “Hound Dog.”

March 31: Kenny Endo Taiko

Let the beat of the drums thrum through your body as Kenny Endo performs traditional Japanese Taiko drumming. His performance will also include a number of contemporary works using Hawaiian ukulele as well as other traditional Japanese instruments played with Rock’ N Roll energy.

April 12: Ragtime the Musical

The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a young Harlem musician unfold in this 13-time Tony Awards nominated musical for Best Book and Best Musical Score.

May 3: Columbus Jazz Orchestra

Under the direction of Byron Stripling and featuring Helen Welch, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra brings a show full of Big Band and Swing Era favorites from Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and many more. Welch will also be singing selections from The Great American Songbook originally made popular by singers such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney.

In addition to the nine shows, SSU is also offering its annual Oak Ridge Boys concert on November 24, 2015. Tickets for the concert will be available at the end of August.

Tickets are available at the McKinley Box Office located in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With the exception of Oak Ridge Boys, current subscribers can renew and purchase tickets starting in June while new subscriptions and single ticket purchase will be available starting July 13. Discounts for groups and families are available. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, contact the McKinley Box Office by phone at (740) 351-3600.


Contact Information

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Portsmouth, OH 45662

Phone: (740) 351-3810
Fax: (740) 351-3179


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