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    Concerts, musicals, and comedies are to be center stage at Derby Dinner Playhouse during the 2012-13 theatre season.  

    During the 2012-13 theatre season, Derby Dinner Playhouse will present eight shows, including Annie (now in progress), Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping (Aug.-Oct.), The Mousetrap (Oct.-Nov.), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Nov.-Dec.), Killjoy (Jan.-Feb. 2013), Little Shop of Horrors (Feb.-March 2013), and 9 to 5 (April-May 2013).

    All performances are to take place at Derby Dinner Playhouse, located at 525 Marriott Avenue in Clarksville, IN.

    For those wanting to be considered for Derby Dinner shows, the next open audition will take place on Friday, August 17 at 1 p.m.  No appointment is needed, but all prospective actors and actresses should bring a resume, headshot, a one-minute monologue, 16 bars of music, sheet music, and prepare for a possible dance audition.  More information on the audition can be found on the Derby Dinner audition page.  

    Season tickets and single tickets are available.  Season tickets range in price from $132 and up.  Single tickets, meanwhile, range in price from $35-$44 per person, depending on the night.  Ticket information can be found at the Derby Dinner Playhouse website, or by calling 812-288-8281.  

    The productions

    Derby Dinner Playhouse will continue through the summer with the classic musical Annie.  This orphaned little girl goes on an adventure of a lifetime as she tries to find her true parents.  Along the way, she will meet a wide range of people from Hooverville residents all the way up to President Roosevelt.  

    Annie is running from today until August 12.  More information on the show can be found in this article.

    This summer will also be packed for fans of the Church Basement Ladies series.  Church Basement Ladies 2 - A Second Helping features the Lutheran ladies serving up another dish of laughter amidst the changing times of 1969.  The ladies must not only face the changes in the world but in themselves as well.  Church Basement Ladies 2 will run from August 14-October 7.  

    In time for Halloween, Derby Dinner will present the Agatha Christie murder mystery The Mousetrap.  In the mystery, a person has murdered among a group of strangers inside a boarding house.  Everyone is the suspect, and no one can leave due to a snowstorm.  Who committed the murder?  Find out from October 9-November 18.  

    Just in time for Christmas, meanwhile, is Irving Berlin's White Christmas.  Travel to Vermont and relive this classic production, based on the movie of the same name.  Two WWII-era soldiers are putting on a show in hopes of helping the people they love, including the old General.  Irving Berlin's White Christmas will run from November 20-December 31.

    Killjoy opens up the 2013 portion of the season.  A romantic comedy/thriller in time for Valentine's Day, Killjoy features a couple going wrong.  Carol has had it with her husband and has decided to kill him.  Find out how, if she actually follows through, January 8-February 16.

    In time for the spring season is Little Shop of Horrors.  The dark musical comedy follows the lives of Seymour, Audrey, a flower shop on Skid Row, and a mysterious plant that keeps growing and growing.  Audrey II, as the plant is named, also has a taste for human blood.  Little Shop of Horrors runs from February 19-March 30.  

    Finally, Derby Dinner Playhouse ends its season with another musical, 9 to 5.  The production, containing Dolly Parton's score, features three women from opposite backgrounds who attempt to take over their company.  The comedy finds them realizing they can do quite a bit, even in a man's world.  The production runs from April 2-May 19.

    The concerts

    Throughout the year, Derby Dinner Playhouse will also host a number of concerts for lovers of multiple types of music, including oldies, country, Elvis, and more.  

    Concerts include Terry Lee and The Rockaboogie Band, which will bring its high-energy, Jerry Lee Lewis-like piano playing to Derby Dinner on August 6.  On August 20, Country Crossroads will present a showcase of regional country music acts.  The Return, meanwhile, bring back the era of The Beatles on September 10.  

    During the fall months, Heartbreak Hotel will feature Robert Shaw saluting the early career of Elvis.  That show will be on October 15.  Local legends The Monarchs, meanwhile, will present A Tribute to Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop on November 5.

    During the new year, An Evening With Eddie Miles, on January 2, 3, and 4, will feature his renditions of Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Elvis Presley, and others' songs.  Meanwhile, The Swingin' Cowboys, on April 8, will feature western swing music, Stephen Foster songs, and music from The Singing Cowboys.  

    More information on the concerts, shows, tickets, and more can be found at the Derby Dinner Playhouse website.

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    A near life-long resident of Louisville, Brian has written for since spring 2010. He has also written for various publications and online sites, including the Mount Vernon Democrat and Louisville Catholic Sports. Brian spends most of his free time enjoying the theatre scene, hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, and enjoying life.

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