Ole Miss Theatre is the production arm of the Department of Theatre Arts. Ole Miss Theatre produces 4-5 shows a year representing a variety of forms and eras with at least one production each season being a major musical. The primary mission of Ole Miss Theatre is to bring quality theatre experiences to departmental students, the University community and the area at large through the production of culturally relevant works. Join our mailing list.
We are grateful for the support of our patrons and donors. You can support Ole Miss Theatre and the work of our student actors, designers, and crew members by becoming a season ticket holder (UM Box Office) or Ole Miss Theatre Friend, Sponsor, Patron, Angel , or Benefactor. Contact the department for more information.
Ole Miss Theatre auditions are open to the university and local community. There are two auditions, one for the Fall Semester shows and one for the Spring Semester shows. Both are usually held the Saturday before the semester starts. Additional auditions will be announced as necessary.
Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by David Reed
September 23 – September 26; 28; 30; October 1 – October 3; 5 at 7:30pm
September 28; October 5 at 2:00pm
Our season kicks off with We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 in Meek Auditorium. A rehearsal room descends from collaborative to absurd as a group of idealistic actors attempt to dramatize the little-known first genocide of the 20th century. But, as the ensemble wrestles with ths remote story, tensions mount, and their exploration hits much closer to home than anyone expected.
Visceral, fiercely intelligent, and entertaining.
A Musical by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan
November 13 – November 15 at 7:30pm
November 16 at 2:00pm
Our second production, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, is a musical based on Charles Dickens' final, unfinished, novel. The Mystery of Edwin Drood tells the story of youg Edwin Drood, an Englishman whose sudden disappearance throws the fictional townspeople of Cloisterham into a panic. Suspicions arise about who is responsible for his vanishing, with fingers pointing every which way. As the investigation pushes forward, everyone who came into contact with Drood joins the lineup of suspects. The highlight - the audience gets to solve the murder and choose the ending of the show!
An exuberant romp!
Translated by Robert Fagles
Directed by Rory Ledbetter
February 26 – February 28 at 7:30pm
March 1 at 2:00pm
In February we open Oedipus Rex in Fulton Chapel. Oedipus Rex, the classic Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in 425 BC, chronicles the story of a man who becomes the King of Thebes while in the process unwittingly fulfilling a prophecy that he would murder his father and marry his mother.
Sophocles' script is gorgeous, and is the mother of all mysteries.
— Chicago Theater Beat
Music and Book by James Valcq
Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley
Based on the Film by Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by Joe Turner Cantú
April 16 – 19; 21-24, 26 at 7:30pm
April 18 – 19, 26 at 2:00pm
We close our season with The Spitfire Grill in Meek Auditorium. A feisty parolee follows her dream, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.
A compelling story that flows with grace and carries the rush of anticipation.
— The New York Times
Created by Jennifer Mizenko
February 5 – February 7 at 7:30pm
March 27 – March 28 at 7:00pm
The department is pleased to present student-written and student-produced short films and the winning entries of the fifth annual UM Cinema Competition.