Kenny Endo Taiko Lecture-Demonstration

April 3, 2016

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Hawaii based Kenny Endo and members of his taiko drumming ensemble followed a public performance with a lecture-demo for local students, giving them an up close experience with the explosive energy of this Japanese drumming style.

Thanks to the Southern Ohio Museum for teaching students about the Hawaiian tradition of lei making and helping them create lei for Kenny and his friends.

You can see photos from past workshops on the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association webpage –

Leis Made By Portsmouth STEM Academy

Backstage Jobs Online

January 13, 2016

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Thanks to the capabilities of  our new website, you can now sign up to work backstage at our performances online. The sign up sheets will still be posted backstage if you rather sign up in person. However, now you can check our upcoming opportunities from anywhere by visiting –

Seeking Entries For Art Show

November 25, 2015

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The Vern Riffe Center is partnering with the folks at CMAR Clothing to put together what we hope will be the first of many Art After Hours events on January 28th.  There will be music, food, art and all sorts of fun stuff.

But first we need some artists.

Right now we are looking for artists interested in participating in showing and selling their art.  We will be accepting applications with work samples until January 16.

Just download the form fillable application and send it to You can also send inquires there as well.


Vern riffe show poster

Stagehands Needed- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

September 17, 2015

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Learn What Happens Backstage on a Broadway show tour.

Stagehands are needed to help with the load in and load out for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Sunday, October 11.

Load in will start at 8 am and typically ends around 1 -2 pm

Load out starts at approximately 9:30/10:00 pm and runs until 1-2 am.

For more information and to sign up, contact Leo Schlosser at 740-351-3699

Oak Ridge Boys On Sale Date

June 26, 2015



Tickets for the annual Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Concert will go on sale Wednesday, August 5 at 10:00 am at the Vern Riffe Center’s McKinley Box Office.

The performance is schedule for Tuesday, November 24 at 7:30 pm.

Due to the high volume of walk up and phone business we typically receive when the show first goes on sale, we encourage people to continue to try to call throughout the day or purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster.

We apologize for any difficulty you may have purchasing tickets at that time. Generally the phone and window traffic clears up around noon so you are welcome to call after that point.

2015-2016 Season

June 22, 2015

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The 2015-2016 Season marks the 20th year that Shawnee State University and Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association have partnered to bring exciting and intriguing performances to southern Ohio.

Subscribers may renew their subscriptions at this time. Individuals and new subscribers may begin purchasing tickets starting July 13.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a fun year of events.

Welcome To The New Website

June 22, 2015

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We have been working to make the Vern Riffe Center website more welcoming and informative.  On this site, you will find expanded information about our performance and gallery spaces;  better details about our events, including free workshops and gallery openings; and insights about the public art works located around the building.

We hope you enjoy the new look. Let us know what other information may be helpful to you.