Current Productions

2016-2017 Season: Revelations

Truths are revealed — sometimes painfully, sometimes playfully — through an array of theatrical experiences at Missouri State this season. 

Ballad Hunter

Written by Jenny Laird
Directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude 

Craig Hall Balcony Theatre
7:30 p.m. Sep. 22-23, 26-30 & Oct. 3
2:30 p.m. Sep. 25 & Oct. 2

$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

Note: There is no late seating in the Balcony Theatre. 

Set in rural Appalachia in 1937, Ballad Hunter is the tale of three generations of women — Hetty, Gussie and Lotta — subsisting on a remote mountain where mysticism and superstitions run deep. Fifteen years earlier, the appearance of a mysterious stranger—a musicologist seeking to record the region’s traditional ballads—brought irrevocable change to the mountain. For on that day, Lotta was conceived, and a tragic explosion at the local mine killed nearly all of the men. Now an idealistic, young representative from Roosevelt’s Rural Electrification Administration (REA) has arrived to sell the residents on the wonders of electricity. The outsider’s presence eerily echoes the past, and long-buried secrets of the women’s lives are illuminated! 

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Legally Blonde

Music and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe
Book by Heather Hach
Based on the 2001 film Legally Blonde and the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown 
Directed by Dr. Kurt Gerard Heinlein 
Original Choreography by Sarah Wilcoxon

Craig Hall Coger Theatre
7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-15 & 17
2:30 p.m. Oct. 16
$18 Adults; $16 Students/Seniors; $12 in advance with MSU ID

Elle Woods is a bubbly, blonde Valley Girl whose life revolves around shopping, fashion, presiding over her UCLA sorority and dreaming of a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III. When Warner dumps her for someone more“serious,”Elle (along with her faithful chihuahua, Bruiser) follows him to Harvard Law School, determined to win him back. Fighting stereotypes and snobbery, Elle hits the books and tries to fit in, only to be ridiculed by her law professor and peers. But with the encouragement of a sympathetic teaching assistant, a quirky hairdresser and a Greek chorus of Delta Nu sorority sisters, Elle discovers her true priorities, potential and power to be Legally Blonde! This effervescent musical comedy will lift your spirits with its upbeat songs, high-energy choreography and an indomitable heroine who “follows her passion and finds her place!” 

Join the conversation: #MSULegallyBlonde

Angels in America, Part 1: The Millennium Approaches

Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Sarah J. Wiggin

Craig Hall Coger Theatre
7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-12
2:30 p.m. Nov. 13
$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

Mature language and content 

It's 1985, and both the "Reagan revolution" and the AIDS epidemic are well underway. In New York City, the relationships of two couples are unraveling. Prior discovers that he has AIDS. Louis, his lover, soon abandons him and takes up with Joe, whose wife has retreated to a Valium-induced, hallucinogenic state. Both the couples' personal bonds and the society in which they live are fractured by greed, selfishness, prejudice, cowardice and lies. It appears to be an apocalyptic moment. Then, in the midst of his illness and despair, Prior is visited by a supernatural messenger and receives a revelation that might yet redeem humankind! A critically acclaimed and controversial epic, Angels in America combines historical fact, magical realism, Biblical allusions and biting comedy to illuminate the sociopolitical upheaval of our times. 

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Assocation and Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives (OLGA) located in the Missouri State Library

Join the conversation: #MSUAngelsinAmerica

Clybourne Park 

Written by Bruce Norris
Directed by Dr. Carol J. Maples

Craig Hall Balcony Theatre
7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-24, 27-March 3 & March 6
2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 & March 5
$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

Note: There is no late seating in the Balcony Theatre. 

Mature language and content

Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park expands upon the story, characters and themes of the earlier play and brings them up to date. 

Act 1 takes place in 1959, when the all-white, middle-class Chicago neighborhood is on the verge of integration. Act 2 takes place 50 years later, when the now predominantly African-American enclave is on the cusp of gentrification and upscale white families are moving back in. 

In both cases, the impending transformation of the community's complexion stirs fear and resentment among the residents, and confrontations erupt. 

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and many other prestigious awards, this darkly humorous satire reveals the deeply entrenched attitudes that still divide our country. 

Join the conversation: #MSUClybournePark

A Little Night Music

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim 
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on the 1955 Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night 
Directed by Robert W. Westenberg

Craig Hall Coger Theatre
7:30 p.m. Apr. 6-8
2:30 p.m. Apr. 9
$18 Adults; $16 Students/Seniors; $12 in advance with MSU ID

Set in Sweden around 1900, this comedy of manners centers on the tangled love affairs of several couples who have gathered for a weekend at a lavish country estate. The high-latitude landscape is washed in the glow of a perpetual summer sunset, and elegant waltz music fills the air. Yet the atmosphere is also charged with jealousy, suspicion, regret and desire among the mismatched couples. Amidst swirling emotions and unexpected revelations, new partners and new beginnings emerge. The story is advanced through witty dialogue and a sophisticated score composed entirely in 3/4 time. Songs range from the cleverly complex trio "Now"/"Later"/"Soon" to the haunting ballad "Send in the Clowns." 

A Little Night Music celebrates second chances and the magic of music on a summer's night! 

Co-presented with the MSU Opera Workshop
Sponsored by KTXR and KY3

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Spring Dance Concert: Movement in Flux

Choreographed by Dance Faculty and Guest Artists
Coordinated by Ruth Barnes

Craig Hall Coger Theatre
7:30 p.m. May 4-6
2:30 p.m. May 7
$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

The art form of dance constantly moves, shifts, flows and changes from one idea to the next. The spring dance concert, Movement in Flux, celebrates the fluid and ephemeral nature of dance. 

Come see the dancers of Missouri State University in an exciting concert featuring original works by dance faculty and guest artists. 

Join the conversation: #MSUSpringDance