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Ticket Information

For audience comfort and security, children under 5 will not be admitted to general admission performances.

  • General Admission:
    $5.00 adults
  • Senior citizens and Non M.S.S.U. students:
  • Children's Theatre:
    $3.00 adults

$1.00 for children 12 and under.
Sorry, no free passes for Children's Theatre shows.

  • Musicals

 Adults $10.00

Senior Citizens $8.00

Non M.S.S.U. students $6.00 

  • Curtain Time:
    Adult series - 7:30 p.m.
    Children's Theatre - 2:30 p.m.

  • (G) adult series for general audiences.
  • (M) for mature audiences only. May include explicit language and adult situations.
  • (CT) children's theatre."Southern Theatre"

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Area Theatres

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Theatre Season: 2015-2016

Join us at our next performance

The Secret Rapture

September 15 - 19, 2015, 7:30 pm

By David Hare | Directed by Tim Klein

How would you react if a family member was completely honest with you? What if your lover told you exactly what kind of person you actually were? What if your business partner was completely ethical? What if you found a friend who would never give up on you, even after your betrayal? What if the person you wanted did not need you? How would you deal with her?

(M) Bud Walton Theatre

No Suicide in Springtime

October 6 -10, 2015, 7:30 pm 

By Alejandro Casona | Directed by Jim Lile

Southern Theatre’s offering for the Spain Semester has been called a ‘surreal romance’. It takes place at a very special resort, a home for suicides … where no one has ever died. How can coming to a place designed to facilitate the end of your life, help you to discover the value of your life? Michael Benedikt has said that the “work of Casona is shot through with a gentle, wistful feeling for the improbable and the imaginative; however, it is a feeling which is also characterized by a particularly calculated and deliberate relation to reality.”

(G) Bud Walton Theatre

Christmas at the Old Toy Store

December 5 - 6, 2015, 2:30 pm

Original play by Lyndall Burrow | Directed by Lyndall Burrow

A lively story about Floyd the toy maker and his toys. He can’t understand why nobody wants to buy any of the toys in his store. Dolly is in search of her lost family. Ted E. Bear, Jack N. Abox and the rest of
the toys are worried that they are never going to find a home. A couple of robbers think they have found a treasure trove of money. Throw it all together and you end up with a fun play date where a family is realized, a criminal plot is foiled and everyone lives happily ever after.

 (CT) Taylor Performing Arts Center

This is Our Youth

January 27 - 31, 2015, 7:30 pm

By Kenneth Lonergan | Directed by Kelsey Hale

Dennis – with a famous painter for a father and a social activist mother – is a small-time drug dealer and total mess. His hero-worshipping, indifferently adjusted friend Warren has just impulsively stolen $15,000 from his father, an abusive lingerie tycoon. When Jessica, a mixed-up prep school girl, shows up for a date, Warren pulls out a wad of bills and takes her off, awkwardly, for a night of New York seduction. How will Warren turn out – will he follow Dennis into dissipation or discover a way out? A wildly funny, bittersweet, and ultimately quite moving story.

(M) Bud Walton Theatre

The Threepenny Opera

March 1 - 5, 2016, 7:30 pm

Music by Kurt Weill | Book by Bertolt Brecht
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein
Co-Directed by Ann & Jim Lile

The Threepenny Opera proclaims itself “an opera for beggars,” and it was in fact an attempt both to satirize traditional opera and operetta and to create a new kind of musical theater based on the theories of two young German artists, composer Kurt Weill and poet-playwright Bertold Brecht. Yep, Mackie’s back in town!

(M) Bud Walton Theatre

Commedia Princess and the Pea

April 23 - 24, 2016  2:30 pm 

By Lane Riosley and Rebecca Le Byars
Directed by Ann G. Lile

The commedia players are poor travelers who have made all their props from objects they’ve found. They have come to play the story of  The Princess and the Pea. Because they each bring their special talents to the performance, they tell this familiar old story in a brand new way.

(M) Taylor Performing Arts Center