Taking the Stage: River Campus Opens New Season

Stock image: creative commonsIt once required a two hour drive to St. Louis to enjoy a touring Broadway show, but the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University has made huge strides in providing a performance venue for the college and the art community as a whole. Not only can the community enjoy beautiful performances from the department of theatre and dance students, but also professional touring shows such as plays, symphonies, and dance productions. The 2015 season is no different with a spectacular fresh lineup of Broadway hits and musical favorites.


The River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University is young compared to the other facilities on campus - apart from the historic Seminary Building founded in 1838, the The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, the Donald C. Bedell Peformance Hall, the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center, the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre, and the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall are all recent additions to the department, providing students with a professional learning environment, and partons with a beautiful venue for enjoying the product of their studies.

The 2015-2016 season begins with the performance of ‘The Addams Family’ September 30 through October 4. The students of the department of theatre and dance will take the stage as the famous creepy, kooky family. Patrons can enjoy the macabre antics of the Addams as Wednesday brings her ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents to dinner.

Each month the River Campus will provide a variety of entertainment. Other student shows include ‘Of Mice and Men’ (November 4 - 7), ‘On The Town’ (February 24 - 28), ‘The Imaginary Invalid’ (April 27 - May 1), as well as several choir, and orchestra performances. Students will also put on their annual Fall, and Spring for Dance.

Touring shows for 2015-2016 include ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ (October 6), ‘Ed Asner as FDR’ (October 8), ‘Sister’s Easter Catechism’ (March 22), ‘Cinderella’ by the Moscow Festival Ballet (April 22), and as a special treat ‘A Christmas Carol’ is returning for the second year on December 3.

The department is also offering Art Cuisine again for the season in which patrons can enjoy dinner before the show in the brand new dining area of The Dobbins River Campus Center. The view of the bridge and convenient parking make the Art Cuisine program a popular option for those wanting a full evening out.

A great season of music, live stories, dancing, and art are in store. Visit the River Campus website for a full schedule and tickets.

Reservations are required for Art Cuisine. Click here for more information.


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