Take the Stage! Live Theater in Missouri!
Missouri Division of Tourism
Many, many talented performers call Missouri home. And, fortunately, we have enough theaters to hold them all. Whether you're seeking a kid-friendly show the whole family will love or a thought-provoking play that's sure to prompt dinnertime conversation, you can find it on the stage in Missouri.
Have your kids only seen animated magical creatures bouncing across a TV screen? Delight them with a viewing of Hazelle's Competitors at the Puppetry Arts Institute in Independence through July 1. With the help of a colorful cast of puppets (of course), this exhibit shares a slice of puppetry history. Hazelle's Competitors tells the tale of Hazelle Rollins, whose once-tiny company became the largest puppet factory in the world. Hazelle's competition - including Pelham Puppets and Peter Puppet Playthings - is featured in this charming exhibit. All children receive a free hand-painted finger puppet.
Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical, set for Feb. 11−13 at the Historic Missouri Theatre in St. Joseph, offers plenty of smiles for the small set (and their parents). Honk! imparts the story of Ugly, an ungainly duck who is separated from his family and must find his way home. This British musical includes plenty of great songs and shares a message about love, acceptance and the real meaning of beauty.
Theater buffs, make note: Bus Stop, by lauded playwright William Inge, takes the stage Feb. 24 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield. The Montana Repertory Theatre company presents this heartwarming story of quirky characters who take shelter at a corner restaurant from a raging snowstorm.
Another celebrated name in the world of theater (and film), Ed Asner, performs the title role in FDR on Feb. 21 at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, undoubtedly one of the most influential people of the 20th century, comes to life in Asner's amazing portrayal.
In Ruined, at The Black Rep in St. Louis, a dark part of recent history comes to much-needed light. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play shares the harrowing story of two young women from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and their struggle to stay strong in the face of civil war and misfortune. Ruined runs through March 6.
From March 30 through April 3, perennial favorite To Kill a Mockingbird unfolds at the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.