Tent Theatre

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.

A carefree summer fling causes romantic clashes, bodies pile up in an Agatha Christie classic and an imposter leads the FBI on a merry chase.

That’s what Tent Theatre at Missouri State University has in store for audiences this summer during its 57th season.

Mark Templeton, managing director, tells about the lineup.

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The tent is up on the Missouri State University campus, which means one thing:  it's time for Tent Theatre.

In this month's episode of "Engaging the Community," MSU president Clif Smart talks with KSMU's Jennifer Moore about the significance of the Tent Theatre productions—on  both the local arts scene, and in terms of the local economy.

An introduction to 'Tent'

"It is really one of the signature programs where we’re engaged in the community here in the arts field," said Smart.

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 College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State University partners with the Springfield community, region and state to bring arts education to young and old - through performances, exhibitions, workshops and courses. They do this because they believe the arts enrich our lives and expand our understanding of the world.

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:

Tent Theatre Features Two Musicals, One Comedy

Jun 3, 2014

The department of theatre and dance at Missouri State University celebrates its 52nd season of Tent Theatre with a summer lineup featuring two musicals and one comedy. Cast and crew from the three performances discuss this year’s shows:

June 11-14, 16-21

A group of friends, who sing like angels, finds eternal fame in the 1950s and ’60s musical revue “Forever Plaid.”

June 26-July 3