The Little Theatre
Each year The Little Theatre produces at least four main stage productions, in addition to student-directed projects and collaborative work with the Music department. Touring professional productions, guest speakers and musical artists also appear in the intimate 209-seat facility.
Tickets: For CMU main stage productions, $8 for general admission, $5 CMU Faculty and Staff, CMU students free with ID. Price varies for other productions; oftentimes no admission. Check with the box office at 660-248-6281 for details.
Curtain Times: The House is open 30 minutes before curtain time.
Reservations: Individual and group reservations can be made at any time by calling the Little Theatre box office at 660-248-6281. Reserved tickets are held at the box office, and can be picked up and paid for the night of the performance. The Little Theatre accepts cash and checks.
Each year CMU sponsors a Cultural Affairs Series. Theatrical and music productions, poets and lecturers are some of the events included in the series. Please check the CMU Event Calendar for upcoming performance dates.
October 6-9: Our Town
by Thornton Wilder
Edward Albee calls Our Town, the greatest American play ever written. Wilder's classic gives us a poignant perspective on life in Grovers Corner, New Hampshire as seen in Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Eternity. The Stage Manager leads us through the intertwining of the Gibbs and Webb families.
November 10-13: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
by Clark Gesner, based on the 'Peanuts' comic strip by Charles M. Schulz
A program note says that the time of the action is "an average day in the life of Charlie Brown." It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.
February 16-19: H.M.S. Pinafore
by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan;Directed by Susan Quigley-Duggan
CMU Opera welcomes you aboard The H.M.S. PINAFORE! Enjoy the high jinks, romance and hilarity of the English operetta, H.M.S. Pinafore created by that famous pair of favorites, Gilbert and Sullivan. On board the British ship, a navy captain's daughter, Josephine, falls in love with a lower-class sailor instead of her father's choice, the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. The musical satire pokes much fun at the Royal Navy, parliamentary politics and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority all wrapped up in a charming love story. Expect a fun evening filled with catchy choruses, lively nautical themes, and memorable melodies with a surprise twist at the end.
March 2-5: Improv Trick Comes to CMU
Directed by Bill Chott '91
Our famous and wonderful alum, Bill Chott, returns to Central to direct our students in a 3 week Improvisational workshop, culminating in four performances featuring long form improv and improvisational games.
April 27-30: Twelfth Night, or What You Will
by William Shakespeare
One of Shakespeare's funniest plays and also one of his most romantic. A young noblewoman, Viola, shipwrecked in a foreign land and separated from her twin brother, dresses as a man in order to enter the service of Orsino, duke of Illyria. Complications ensue--deceptions, infatuations, misdirected overtures, malevolent pranks--as everyone is drawn into the hilarious confusion.