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Anne Sullivan Teaches Helen Keller

Could You Be A Miracle Worker?

If you saw The Miracle Worker, either in our theater or during one of the movie screenings at the Portsmouth Public Libraries or if you recently read the story, do you think you would have had the patience to deal with a young Helen Keller? Do you think you would have been inventive enough to […]

Did You Rock Hard Last Night?

So what did you think of Rock of Ages? Was it everything you hoped for? Couple of interesting tidbits- There was one woman (that we know of) in the audience who had seen the show 39 times. The performance on February 5 was the 600th performance of the Rock of Ages  tour. Yeah!  

Mamma Mia! The Main Theatre Has A New Name!

We had a great crowd at the Mamma Mia performance on November 13.  People were asking for tambourines at intermission because they wanted to play along.   In addition, the Main Theater is no more. Just before the show, the university unveiled the new name, the Eloise Covert Smith Theater. Eloise Covert went to Portsmouth […]

Sweet Love and Hot Jazz

Columbus Jazz Orchestra put on a great show on October 21. If you attended what did you think of their mix of Burt Bacharach and Dave Brubeck?

Chamber Rock – What Did You Think?

We would like to hear what you thought about Cordis’ performance on September 30. Was it what you expected? Did anything surprise you? Would you like to have more of this sort of programming?   Cordis Workshop Before the concert, Cordis conducted a workshop with our students. Click the image below to view the album.

The 2012 – 2013 Season!

The Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association and Shawnee State University are proud to present a mix of nine well-known classics, up-and-coming showstoppers and big-name productions for their 2012-2013 season. Subscription and ticket information can be found here.

“In the Heights” Soars High at VRCFA

As the third and last Broadway show of the SOPAA season, “In The Heights” certainly ended this mini-series on a high note. As the show ended Wednesday night on February 22, it was clear this all but unknown show in this area was as strong, as enjoyable as either “My Fair Lady,” and “Beauty and […]

The Beauty Has No Beast This Time

Moscow Festival Ballet brings their interpretation of the classic fairly tale “Sleeping Beauty” to the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts main stage as part of the second half of the SOPAA Performing Arts Series on a snowy night in Portsmouth, Ohio. An appreciative crowd enjoyed a magnificent evening of dance and athleticism as the […]

My Fair Lady was Indeed Loverly

“My Fair Lady” has been around since Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews stepped out on stage together in 1956 and launched a classic. Through a flawed movie and numerous revivals, this has been called the perfect musical. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’ with Lerner and Lowe’s book, lyrics and music how could it not […]

Audience Flips Over Chinese Acrobats

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China came to the Vern Riffe Center of the Arts on the campus of Shawnee State University as part of the SOPAA Performing Arts Series for the first time on their international tour. An appreciative near capacity audience enjoyed a full evening of jaw-dropping acts and stunts […]