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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
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Department of Theatre Announces 2015-16 Season

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 26, 2015) –The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri announces the 2015-16 season, "Passion, Compassion, Humor and Heart!" 

The season opens with the world premiere, award-winning children’s show, Gustav, the Goose Who Wouldn't Fly by Matt Fotis. Follow Gustav as he and his friends walk the great migration from Canada to Mexico! Gustav runs Sept. 11-13 and will be directed by department chair, John Wilson.

This production will be followed by the mainstage production of the classic jazz musical Chicago Oct.7-11. Two murderesses in the Jazz Age of Chicago compete for the media's attention. Roxie Heart turns to the silver-tongued Billy Flynn to win over the courtroom and the media, pushing celebrity criminal Velma Kelly's trial to the wayside. Julie Mollenkamp will direct, with musical direction by Kristee Haney and Rob Lawrence of the music faculty, and choreography by Ashley Miller.

Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes. This clever play follows two siblings and how the arrival of their celebrity sister makes their weekend take a hilarious, chaotic turn for the worst.  This 2013 Tony Award winning play runs Nov. 17-21 and is directed by Richard Herman.

The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman will transport audiences to a small town in Alabama in the 1900s. This dramatic tale is the story of the greed-driven Hubbard family and their efforts to invest in one of the first cotton mills to industrialize the New South. This drama runs Feb. 17-21 and is directed by Mollenkamp. 

William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew will take place in the American West. The classic comedy follows the dreaded courtship of the strong willed Katerina. It will be April 6-10 and is under the direction of Richard Herman.

The season finale will be the dance concert Boundless. This innovative show will escape the confines of the traditional stage for unusual venues across the beautiful UCM campus.  It will take place April 22 and have a double showing on April 23. Seating in the Highlander for a live feed experience will be available.   

Season tickets are $70 for the general public, $55 for UCM faculty and staff, and $35 for UCM students, or tickets may be purchased prior to individual performances as announced.  A season subscriber receives substantial savings, choice seating, ticket insurance and exchange privileges. Season tickets may be purchased by calling the UCM Department of Theatre & Dance Box Office at (660)543-8811 or purchased online at

Children under the age of 5 are not admitted to mainstage and studio productions.