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.
Directed by Rory Ledbetter
September 23; – September 27 – 30; October 4 – 8 at 7:30pm
September 25; October 2; October 8 – 9 at 2:00pm
Our season kicks off with Clybourne Park in Meek Auditorium. Clybourne Park, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award, explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart.
— The New York Times
Music by Matthew Sklar
Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy
Lyrics by Chad Berguelin
Directed by Rene Pulliam
Choreography by Kate Prendergast
November 11 – November 12 at 7:30pm
November 12 – November 13 at 2:00pm
The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer's sparkling new score does for the '80s what Hairspray did for the '60s. Just say yes to the most romantic musical in 20 years!
The '80s return in all their rad, gnarly 'tude...
— Los Angeles Times
Ensemble Devised, based on a scenario by Flaminio Scala
Directed by Matthew R. Wilson
February 17 – 19 & 21 – 25 at 7:30pm
February 18 – 19 & 25 – 26 at 2:00pm
A madcap farce of love triangles, intrigue, and the world’s worst dentist, The Tooth-Pullerfollows a sixteenth-century plotline fleshed out with newly-written jokes, slapstick, and songs all created by the ensemble. It’s a contemporary recreation of the classic Commedia dell’Arte style, featuring young sweethearts, greedy old men, incompetent servants, and, maybe, just maybe, a happy ending for all. Don’t miss The Tooth-Puller: a love story full of gags!
Howard Richardson & William Berney
Directed by Dex Edwards
April 28 – 29 at 7:30 p.m.
April 29 – 30 at 2:00 p.m.
A Broadway hit, Dark of the Moon explores the tale of a witch boy who tarries in a mountain community, in love with a beautiful girl named Barbara Allen. Set in the Smokey Mountains, the supestitious townpeople resent their happiness and their subsequent meddling ends in violence and tragedy.
Gusto, vitality, humor, and a natural and easygoing way of introducing folk songs that add up to an engaging evening on Broadway. There's a swing and spirit to the best scenes that had some of the audience tapping its feet and humming.
— New York Post
March 29 – March 30 at 7:00pm
The Department of Theatre Arts is pleased to present a program of short films written and produced by students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the The University of Mississippi community.
Created and Performed by Rory Ledbetter
March 31 at 7:30pm
Ford Center for the Performing Arts
A tragi-comic thrill ride diving into the world of addiction. It's a hero's journey filled with Star Wars, Shakespeare, gambling, romance and a harmonica.
This one-man show was created by Associate Professor Rory Ledbetter and has been performed at the Calgary Fringe Festival (Best of Fest 2014), The Ottawa Fringe Festival (winner of the Steve Sauvé Spirit of the Fringe Award), The Minnesota Fringe, and throughout the country.Free to the Public
Created by Jennifer Mizenko
Mississippi: The Dance Company's annual dance concert In Real Time... will highlight the immediacy of dance art. In this day in age where texting substitutes for talking, In Real Time... will remind the audience of the need for face to face interaction. The concert will feature a work by Guest Artist George Staib, choreographed originally for his dance company Staib Dance, as well as a new work by our new faculty member Megan Morse Jans. Seven dance works will make up the concert which will range from dancing in tribute to Prince, revealing things we like to keep locked up in the attic, as well as physically reflect on our country's current state of being.
April 7 – 8 at 7:30pm
April 8 – 9 at 2:00pm