The pinnacle of an amazing career as an actor, director, producer and theater director has been Bekki Jo Schneider’s time as the owner and producer of the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, Ind., just outside of Louisville.
The Playhouse is the fourth largest dinner theater in the country, drawing an annual audience of more than 200,000 to eight Main Stage plays, 12 concerts and four children’s theater performances.
Operating for the past 40 years – 30 under the ownership of Schneider – the Playhouse offers something for everyone. Dinner Theater musicals this year include “Bonnie and Clyde,” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
Children’s shows, which are performed on Saturdays and include breakfast or lunch, include “Sleeping Beauty” and “Junie B. Jones.” The annual summer family show this year is “Peter Pan.”
Schneider, who formerly ran the Lexington Children’s Theatre and studied at the Royal Academy of London, employs more than 100 people and produces all shows in house.
Along with children’s theater, the Playhouse offers school performances, and classes and summer camps for kids.
“We aren’t selling tickets. We’re selling memories and experiences,” Schneider says.
“I invite everyone to visit our website and see the plethora of choices.”
Info: derbydinner.com or (812) 288-8281