Summer Lineup Announced for Mizzou’s Summer Repertory Theatre
Mizzou’s Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre lineup for 2023 will have audiences laughing, pondering and singing along.
Shows will include performances of Jacked! and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as Comedies in Concert featuring readings of original material.
When the curtain rises, more than 100 performers will continue the legacy of Larry D. Clark, former chair of the Department of Theatre and former dean of the MU College of Arts and Science, who began the summer theater company in 1969. Clark, who died in 2014, envisioned having professional theatre performances in Columbia. Since then, the department continues to invite Broadway professionals, such as choreographers, to work alongside student and alumni performers.
“Larry Clark’s program allows students to broaden their talents through a hands-on experience working alongside alumni as paid professionals in a theatre company,” says Mimi Hedges, department chair, associate professor, scenic designer and director of production.
Comedies in Concert
This show features readings of original works. Tickets are $10.
By Idris Goodwin and directed by Brandon Riley is inspired by "Jack and the Beanstalk" and designed and developed for children, fusing storytelling and poetry with hip-hop and break-beat music to encourage a dialogue about substance abuse and the overwhelming effects the opioid epidemic is having in our communities.
This show explores the imaginative boundaries of theater, film, and animation with an age-appropriate message for children. Tickets are $15 each, with groups of 8 or more $10 each.
June 14–17, 7 p.m.
June 16, 11 a.m.
June 17–18, 2 p.m.
Little Shop of Horrors
By Howard Ashman and Alan Menken is directed by Joy Powell with music direction by Brett Kristofferson. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for more 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" after his co-worker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it… BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers the out-of-this-world origin of Audrey II and its intent towards global domination! Tickets are $22 each, with groups of 8 or more $15 each. A family fun pack is available for $50 which includes tickets for a family of 4.
June 29–July 1, July 5–July 8, 7:30 p.m.
July 2–9, 2 p.m.
The Rhynsburger Theatre Box Office summer hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m. in the theatre lobby. Show tickets can purchased in-person, online and by calling (573) 882-PLAY.
Questions? Email: MUTheatreUpdate@missouri.edu or call: (573) 882-2021.