Missouri State Uiversity Department of Theatre and Dance

Last year, Missouri State University’s Tent Theatre was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer, it’s back with its 59th season, featuring three shows – two live and one virtual. 

There will be a major change this year – the live shows will take place in Craig Hall Coger Theatre. This is due to the construction of Tent Theatre’s new permanent structure, the John Goodman Amphitheatre, scheduled to open in summer 2022.

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Missouri State University Theatre & Dance opens its 2019-2020 season with the “Southern Gothic” comedy "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley.  Directed by Dr. Carol Maples, the production runs through Oct.1st in the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre: weeknights at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm.  Cast member Cary Wahlborg joined us on “Arts News.”

Celebrating Dance

Feb 26, 2019

This March, dance will take center stage at Missouri State University. The university’s theatre and dance department will host the annual American College Dance Association Central Region Conference March 13-16.

This year’s theme is “Looking Back, Moving Forward” to honor the 100th anniversary of several dance artists and focus on the legacy and dance research that resulted from their work. 

 In describing the work of German choreographer Pina Bausch, you might hear many terms – like performance art, wild or unresolved. But Telory Arendell, associate professor in the department of theatre and dance at Missouri State University, just calls it inspiring.

She is here to open our eyes to understand these art forms that don’t fit into traditional boxes of theatre or dance. Pina Bausch’s work was in that space between, in what she called dance theatre.

Filmmaking requires a team before and after the cameras roll. This is the story of a soon to be released film called “Break” that was produced by Richard and Lucie Amberg.

Underneath the big top, stars rise. It’s Tent Theatre time.

Sarah Wiggin, artistic director for Tent Theatre and associate professor at Missouri State University, shares about what to expect in the 56th season.

  • “Cry Baby” will run June 13-23
  • “Peter and the Star Catcher” will run June 28-July 6
  • “The Drowsy Chaperone” will run July 11-21

This summer, she hopes to please the loyal fans of Tent Theatre as well attract some new show goers with some innovative storytelling techniques and lively shows.

The nights are getting warmer and longer – it’s time for the perennial summertime favorite, Tent Theatre. Bob Westenberg, coordinator of the musical theatre program at Missouri State University and director of one of this season’s shows, discusses the season.

Call 417-836-7678 for more information, or visit Missouri State Tix to reserve seats.

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How does an introvert land on stage with a successful career in the spotlight?

Lisa Brescia, assistant professor of theatre and dance at Missouri State University, says it is possible.

 

Her expertise is in musical theatre acting, Brescia says, including smoothing the moments between script and lyrics and finding appropriate movements to act out the songs. However, that is not what she is teaching currently.

Each spring the tent goes up at Missouri State, sparking excitement for Tent Theatre. It’s been the breeding ground for amazing talent and continues to thrive with renewed energy every season. Mark Templeton and Sarah Wiggin share about this year’s season.

Fifty-four years into this summer tradition, the campus and community should be as excited as ever for great shows and a unique experience. Tickets went on sale May 9, and are sure to go fast for this season:

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Rick Dines is best known locally for his many years of work with Springfield Contemporary Theatre. But when he stopped by the KSMU studios on Friday he was here to talk about a production at a different venue. He's directing the Missouri State University Theatre and Dance production of the now-classic "American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," Hair.

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Missouri State University Theatre and Dance will present Shakespeare's whimsical comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream Nov.12-14 in Craig Hall Coger Theater.  Associate Professor Sarah J. Wiggin directs the production, which celebrates the chaotic, confusing, irrational, but ultimately magical and irresistible, nature of romantic love. She calls it "a story of lovers fleeing a situation of required marriage, and going into the woods.  And as is pretty standard for a lot of fairy tales (and other stories), the woods are a place of magic and chaos...