Current Productions

Theatre and Dance 2019-20 Season:
RITES OF PASSAGE

The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kyle A. Thomas
Showing at the Craig Hall Coger Theatre

Two sets of twins, accidentally separated at birth, find themselves in the same town, and confusion and chaos quickly ensue! The story begins decades earlier, when Egeon (a Sicilian merchant) and his wife Emilia have twin sons. On the same day, a destitute woman also gives birth to twins, whom Egeon purchases to be servants to his sons. Soon afterward, however, the family is separated during a sea voyage when their ship is wrecked by a storm. Egeon, along with one son and one slave, is rescued by one boat, while Emilia and the other two infants are rescued by another. Now grown, Egeon’s son Antipholus and his slave Dromio set out from Syracuse to find their long-lost brothers. As soon as they land in the Greek city of Ephesus, a series of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and mishaps begin, leading to false accusations of theft, infidelity and madness! But over the course of one 24-hour period, all is made right, and the family is finally reunited. First produced in 1594, The Comedy of Errors continues to entertain with slapstick humor and witty wordplay

2019–20 showings
Date Time
November 21–23 7:30 p.m.
November 24 2:30 p.m.
Ticket costs
Ticket Cost
Adult $14.00
Senior $12.00
Student $12.00

MSU student with ID
(This ticket must be purchased in advance.)

$8.00

Picnic

by William Inge
Directed by Lisa Brescia
Showing at the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre
Note: There is no late seating in the Balcony Theatre

It’s Labor Day in a small Kansas town in the 1950s. At two neighboring households of women, preparations are underway for the annual picnic, a welcome diversion from their usual routines. Helen Potts spends her days dutifully caring for her elderly mother. Flo Owens, a middle-aged widow, has two teenage daughters: beautiful Madge and brainy Millie. She also rents a room to Rosemary, a spinster schoolteacher. Flo hopes that the holiday will bring a marriage proposal for Madge, whose bookish boyfriend Alan comes from the town’s most prosperous family. But everything changes when Hal, a sexy drifter and old college friend of Alan’s, arrives! Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Picnic captures the repression and restlessness of mid-century middle America.

2019–20 showings
Date Time
February 20–21 7:30 p.m.
February 23 2:30 p.m.
February 24–28 7:30 p.m.
March 1 2:30 p.m.
March 2–3 7:30 p.m.
Ticket costs
Ticket Cost
Adult $14.00
Senior $12.00
Student $12.00

MSU student with ID
(This ticket must be purchased in advance.)

$8.00

THE SECRET GARDEN

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Robert Westenberg

Showing at the Craig Hall Coger Theatre

Following the death of her parents in colonial India, eleven-year-old Mary is sent to live with her reclusive Uncle Archibald in the English countryside. Archibald still mourns the loss of his beautiful young wife a decade earlier, and his vast mansion is devoid of joy. His only child, ten-year-old Colin, is a sickly boy, confined to his room. Seeking to escape the gloom, Mary ventures outside and discovers a mysterious walled garden that has been locked since her aunt’s death. With the help of “The Dreamers”— protective spirits from her past — Mary resolves to bring the neglected garden back to life and restore the beauty that once was. A musical adaptation of the classic Victorian children’s book, The Secret Garden is an enchanting tale of hope and healing!

2019–20 showings
Date Time
April 2–4 7:30 p.m.
April 5 2:30 p.m.
Ticket costs
Ticket Cost
Adult $24.00
Senior $22.00
Student/Child $22.00

MSU student with ID
(This ticket must be purchased in advance.)

$16.00

20/20: Spring Dance Concert


Concert Co-ordinator Ruth Barnes
Showing at the Craig Hall Coger Theatre

A feast for the mind and the senses, this year’s 20/20 Spring Dance Concert brings into focus the diverse artistic visions of our resident and guest choreographers.  The new works presented have roots in many cultures and traditions, filtered through the lens of contemporary thought and imagination.  Featuring an eclectic mix of dance styles — from classical to avant garde — the compositions integrate music, narration, costumes, backdrops, lighting and audio-visual effects to create a powerful aesthetic experience for dancers and audience members alike.

Open your eyes and your heart to the unique beauty and energy of dance!

2019–20 showings
Date Time
April 30–May 2 7:30 p.m.
May 3 2:30 p.m.
Ticket costs
Ticket Cost
Adult $14.00
Senior $12.00
Student $12.00

MSU student with ID
(This ticket must be purchased in advance.)

$8.00