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 technicians 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 Joe Turner Cantú
September 29 – 30; October 3 – 7; October 10 – 15 at 7:30pm
October 1; October 7 – 8; October 15 at 2:00pm
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. However, Charles gets more than he ever wanted as Madame Arcati conjures the spirit of Elvira, Charles’ first wife. Only Charles can see and hear the free-spirited Elvira and it’s driving him and everyone else mad. Now he is stuck in a world between two wives – one living and one dead – both jealous of the other, and Charles believes things couldn't get much more complicated.
Opening Night Reception: September 29 after the performance at the Graduate Hotel in Oxford
Music by Matthew Sklar
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson
Directed by Matthew R. Wilson
November 3 – November 4 at 7:30pm
November 4 – November 5 at 2:00pm
In roaring twenties Chicago, chorus girl Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.
Opening Night Reception: November 3 after the performance at the Graduate Hotel in Oxford
Music by Dana P. Rowe
Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey
Based on a story by John Dempsey and Hugh Murphy
Directed by René Pulliam
February 16 – 18 & 20 – 24 at 7:30pm
February 17 – 18 & 24 – 25 at 2:00pm
This girl loves ghoul rock and roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy, however, when family pressure forces her to end the romance, he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage.
Opening Night Reception: February 16 after the performance at the Graduate Hotel in Oxford
Directed by Cynthia White
April 20 – 21 at 7:30 p.m.
April 21 – 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Ford Center for the Performing Arts
William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth is the tale of a Scottish General who receives a prophecy from three witches stating that he will one day be King of Scotland. But in order to be King, blood must be spilled. Macbeth and his wife murder King Duncan so Macbeth can ascend to the throne. But the cost of their ambition is tyranny leading to civil war, a descent into madness and ultimately death.
Opening Night Reception: April 20 after the performance at the Graduate Hotel in Oxford
Created by Jennifer Mizenko
March 23 – 24 at 7:30pm
March 24 – 25 at 2:00pm
April 11 – 14 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.