Missouri State University Tent Theatre

(Logo courtesy Missouri State University Tent Theatre)

Like many people Missouri State University Managing Director of Theatre and Dance, Mark Templeton, is hunkered down at home during the Coronavirus stay-at-home order.  But so are the many students, Theatre and Dance faculty, and theatre professionals who would normally be gearing up for the 58th consecutive season of MSU Tent Theatre, scheduled for June 10-July 18, 2020. The 2020 Tent season has been cancelled, and Mark Templeton discussed the reasons why, and what the Theatre and Dance Department hopes to offer to fill the gap.            

(Missouri State University Tent Theatre)

Missouri State University Tent Theatre was preparing for their 58th consecutive season of plays and musicals performed in the big tent erected every spring behind Craig Hall by the MSU Theatre and Dance Department.  
However, due to the Coronavirus, it was announced that "with heavy hearts, but sincere optimism for the future, Tent Theatre announces the cancellation of its 2020 summer season scheduled for June 10-July 18."
The "Note To Our Audience," published at https://tenttheatre.missouristate.edu, continues:

Carrington Hall
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The Missouri State University Board of Governors voted to continue work on the outdoor Tent Theatre pavilion that will be located outside of Craig Hall. 

The project is in the pre-design phase and is expected to be done by the summer 2022, according to Matt Morris, a university administrator.

According to MSU President Clif Smart, actor John Goodman is funding the lead gift for this project. Smart expects construction for the pavilion to cost around $4 to $5 million.

The Tent is Up! Tent Theatre’s Summer Playbill

Apr 10, 2019

The bright, orange and white striped tent is up outside of Craig Hall at Missouri State University, and that can only mean one thing:  it’s nearly time for Tent Theatre. 


This first show under the tent is “Grease,” a popular summer fling musical. A bad boy’s reputation is put to the test when he falls head-over-heels for the new, straight-laced cheerleader at Rydell High.  It’s full of the all-American musical hits like “Greased Lightin,’” and this 50’s tryst will run June 12-15, 17-22.


(Photo courtesy Missouri State University Tent Theatre)

This morning on “Arts News” we got to meet one of the professional Equity actors appearing during this 56th season of Missouri State University Tent Theatre.  Tracy Bidleman has already been seen as Mrs. Vernon-Williams in “Cry Baby the Musical,” and she’ll play the title role in the musical romp “The Drowsy Chaperone” starting July 11.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University Tent Theatre)

(Due to a technical glitch [mine!], I missed recording the first minute or so of Sarah Wiggins' live interview.)