When my family and I moved to the SoIN region 18 years ago, we had no idea this area was steeped in the performing arts. We’re music geeks and movie-goers who love attending concerts, musicals, dramas, and comedies...and even an occasional thriller.

It’s been a thrill to watch how the quality of entertainment and number of live music and theater venues has grown. It’s an exciting time for SoIN arts. It’s also an exciting time of year! Theatrical and musical productions are being announced for the 2018-19 season.

Ogle Center concert from above

Have you attended a concert at the Ogle Center lately? You can enjoy Indiana University Southeast concert and theater productions, the Louisville Orchestra, and Grammy Award-winning artists such as Richard Marx and Riders in the Sky. Its 2018-19 season will be announced soon, so stay tuned to www.OgleCenter.com.

If you enjoy classic musicals, dramas, comedies, and mysteries, there are three notable places in Clark and Floyd counties.

Theatre Works of SoIN is the newest theater and is in downtown New Albany.

TheatreWorks of SoIN crowd and stage

Created from the desire to grow theatrical opportunities for adults, TheatreWorks of SoIN provides a full season of plays, musicals, and cabarets. The theatre’s following and success continues to grow, made evident with shows often selling out. “Titanic, the Musical” just finished in April, and Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” runs June 6-18 and begins the 2018-19 season. See its new season line-up

Clarksville Little Theatre began in 1947.

Clarksville Little Theatre

Its May production, Steven Schwartz’s 1970s musical, “Godspell,” runs May 11-20.  Coming this summer:  Disney’s “The Lion King, Jr.” Starting the 2018-2019 season will be “Disaster, the Musical” and runs September 7-16.  You can see its  2018-19 shows listed online.

Can you believe Derby Dinner Playhouse is entering its 44th season?

Derby Dinner Exterior

Over 200,000 people a year flock to the area’s iconic dinner theater. What is it that keeps visitors and over 10,000 subscribers coming back? Is it the American-style buffet, salad bar, and scrumptious desserts?

The professional musicians who never miss a beat?

Derby Dinner musicians

Or is it exceptional talent and quality of professional actors?

Derby Dinner Mamma Mia!

The attraction is none of these alone, but a culmination: exceptional talent, great food, and quality entertainment.  Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” is showing now through May 27. The comedy, “Over the River & Through the Woods” begins May 30 and runs through July 8.  View Derby Dinner’s 2018-19 season

RiverStage concert at night

Stages along SoIN’s riverfront will soon come to life to begin another summer season. Jeffersonville’s RiverStage is home to live concerts and opens with the Louisville Crashers on June 1. Movies begin on June 2 with “Despicable ME3.” You can find the remaining music and cinema schedule online.

Amphitheater

New Albany’s Riverfront Amphitheatre, Bicentennial Park, and Clarksville’s Gateway Park also provide live, family-friendly music, theater, and movies.

And, if you’re a music geek like me, you won’t want to miss the 50 bands, including Grammy award-winning America, at Abbey Road on the River, coming to downtown Jeffersonville on May 24-28. It’s the largest Beatles-inspired music fest of its kind.

Abbey Road on the River Jake Clemmons 2017

Man, it’s going to be an exciting season! Isn’t it great to be in SoIN?