The complete rundown for the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association’s 2008-2009 season has the contemporary bluegrass group Cherryholmes opening the season on Thursday, September 18, 2008 with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in the second position on Thursday, October 16, 2008. The Canadian Brass brings their Christmas show to the SOPAA season this year on Monday, December 8, 2008 with Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd coming to the Vern Riffe Center stage on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Next is Columbus’ renowned BalletMet company bringing their innovative dance program Jazz Moves to Portsmouth on Tuesday, February 17, 2009.
The Drowsy Chaperone, currently a hit on Broadway, will be part of the SOPAA season on a special Sunday, March 1, 2009 performance.The world’s most famous classical guitar group, The Romeros, performs on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour. The stage adaptation of the classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” is performed by the outstanding Montana Repertory Company as a special show on Tuesday April 7, 2009. After that heavy drama comes the bubbly Broadway musical Hairspray on Thursday, April 23, 2009. And the big finale for the season is The OSU Men’s Glee Club performing their special form of choral music on Tuesday, May 5, 2009.
Over the past years the SOPAA/SSU season have been comprised of nine (9) shows – three Broadway shows; three classical shows and three family friendly shows. This coming 2008-2009 season there are ten (10) total shows with the “Mockingbird” play included in the full season subscription at no extra cost.
“The SOPAA board wanted to do something special for the full season subscriber,” said Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Executive Director Carl Daehler.“That special tenth show is the drama “To Kill a Mockingbird” performed by the award winning Montana Repertory Company.”
SOPAA has partnered with several local and regional cultural and educational organizations, such as the Literacy Council, Portsmouth Public Library and Southern Ohio Museum, as part of a countywide “The Big Read” event in connection with the Mockingbird show. According to Daehler The Big Read will provide several events leading up to the April 7th show involving schools and students as well as the general public.
Tickets for “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be available only as a single ticketed event or as part of the full subscription season. Mockingbird will not be part of any mini-series packages available during the 2008-2009 season.
“The SOPAA board wanted to give the subscriber a special event in the form of this wonderful dramatic play of a classic American novel,” Daehler added. “Subscription renewals have been mailed and are due back by July 7, 2008 if current subscribers wish to keep their current seats for next season.”
Renewal subscriptions to the mini-series, Broadway Series, Family Pops Series and the Fine Art Series, are also due in on July 7th. New subscriptions, both full season and mini-series, go on sale on July 15, 2008 with single ticket sales to all ten events on sale in late August. “This is a great line-up of shows for the next season,” offered Daehler. “It has something for everyone and many family-friendly programs. We expect a great response from our subscribers and the public.”