Current Productions

2017-2018 Season: SHADOWS and LIGHT

Performance arts illuminate the full spectrum of human nature and experience. The 2017-2018 Season of Missouri State Theatre and Dance delves into the darkness and extracts rays of hope.


By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
from the book The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Directed by Justin Baldwin
September 21-23, 26 -30, October 3-4  7:30 p.m.
September 24, October 1  2:30 p.m.
Craig Hall Balcony Theatre

Note: There is no late seating in the Balcony Theatre
$14 Adults; $12 Students.Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID
Sponsored by Ekklesia/United Ministries in Higher Education
Note: Special post-show symposiums will be presented by the sponsor after the matinee performances.

During the darkest days of the Nazi holocaust, two Jewish families live hidden in a secret attic in Amsterdam.  There, teenage Anne records her innermost thoughts, fears and longings in her diary. Over the course of two years, she documents the group’s day-to-day survival under constant threat of capture. She writes with intelligence, wit and candor of her relationships with her fellow fugitives; her first love; her ideals and aspirations; her reflections on good and evil; and her fragile hopes for the future. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK is a true, firsthand account of coming of age in an age of terror. Anne’s voice resonates just as powerfully today as when her diary first was published 70 years ago, and her luminous spirit still shines in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Book by Roger O. Hirson
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Robert Westenberg
October 26-28  7:30 p.m.
October 29  2:30 p.m.
Craig Hall Coger Theatre
$18 Adults; $16 Students.Seniors; $12 in advance with MSU ID
Sponsored by KTXR

In a post-apocalyptic world, the key to survival is joining a tribe. A band of roving scavengers, led by the charismatic and cunning Leading Player, has set up camp at an abandoned amusement park. On this fantastical backdrop, the troupe begins acting out the tale of PIPPIN, a young prince in search of adventure and purpose.  In his pursuit of “an extraordinary life,” Pippin samples the glory of war, the pleasures of the flesh, the passion of revolution and the mantle of political power. When all of these fail to satisfy, Pippin falls into despair — until he meets Catherine, a widow with a young son, who lives a simple life on her farm. Now Pippin must choose between the “thrilling finale” promised by the Leading Player or staking out his own “corner of the sky”!

Strong Adult Content.

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TWELFTH NIGHT, or What You Will

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Lisa Brescia
November 30, December 1-2  7:30 p.m.
December 3  2:30 p.m.
Craig Hall Coger Theatre
$14 Adults; $12 Students.Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

Shipwrecked on the shores of a strange land, Viola believes that her twin brother, Sebastian, has drowned and that she is alone in the world. Disguising herself as a boy named “Cesario,” she finds work as a page in the court of Duke Orsino. The Duke is smitten with the Lady Olivia and sends Viola/Cesario as his emissary to convey his passionate intentions. Olivia, however, falls for the messenger! Meanwhile, Viola falls in love with Orsino — a fact that must remain secret, until Sebastian appears on the scene and all is revealed! One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, TWELFTH NIGHT is the tale of a desperate love triangle, mistaken identities, gender confusion and the hilarious mayhem that arises from our all-too-familiar human frailties.

The High School Theatre Workshop will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 30 performance.

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By Arthur Miller
Directed by Dr. Kurt Gerard Heinlein
February 22-25, February 27-March 4, March 6-7  7:30 p.m.
Craig Hall Balcony Theatre
Note: There is no late seating in the Balcony Theatre
$14 Adults; $12 Students.Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

In the insular and theocratic Puritan village of 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, a group of young girls are discovered dancing in the woods and immediately fall ill. To divert suspicion from their own activities, they accuse a young farmer’s wife of witchcraft. As the farmer struggles to clear his wife in court, the malicious lies grow. Fed by long-held grudges and irrational fears, the hysteria expands to engulf a host of other women and the farmer himself. In their zeal to purge the community of evil, the community ignites evil. An allegory for Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist crusades of the 1950s, THE CRUCIBLE remains a cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, extremism, intolerance and injustice that is just as relevant today.

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Book, Music, Lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe
Based on the film Heathers
Directed by Sarah Wiggin
April 5-7  7:30 p.m.
April 8  2:30p.m.
Craig Hall Coger Theatre
$18 Adults; $16 Students.Seniors; $12 in advance with MSU ID

Atop the social hierarchy at Westerberg High are head cheerleader Heather McNamara, yearbook editor Heather Duke and “mythic bitch queen” Heather Chandler. Beautiful and popular, but also ruthless and cruel, the power clique of Heathers is unquestioned — until brainy misfit Veronica Sawyer and mysterious newcomer Jason Dean challenge the status quo. Now the scrunchie-wearing mean girls and their brutish jock counterparts are about to get their comeuppance! Based on the 1988 cult classic film, HEATHERS THE MUSICAL is an edgy, dark comedy with a catchy rock music score. Beyond adolescent love and angst, it deals with the serious issues of teen suicide, bullying, homophobia, date rape, gun violence and what it means to grow up.

Intense adult themes and strong language

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Spring Dance Concert: PARTS OF THE WHOLE

Choreographed by Dance Faculty and Guest Artists
Coordinated by Sarah Wilcoxon

Craig Hall Coger Theatre
May 3-5  7:30 p.m.
May 6  2:30 p.m.
$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

One of humanity’s most ancient art forms, dance has played an integral role in storytelling, ritual, ceremony, cultural identity, social bonding and creative self-expression. Blending artistry and physicality, myriad styles of dance movement have evolved and continue to emerge. The choreographers for this year’s SPRING DANCE CONCERT: PARTS OF THE WHOLE come from diverse backgrounds. Their disparate approaches to performance and choreography conjoin in this presentation, providing the audience a window into varied ideas about dance. Enter the world of imagination in motion, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts!

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