Liberal Arts
Two males dueling on stage
A group of females in harem attire


Female holding and staring through a picture frame

August 28-29  *  7-9 p.m.  *  Clayton Performing Arts Center

The Robber Bridegroom is rousing, bawdy Southern fairy tale set in eighteenth century Mississippi. It is the story of the courting of Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country, Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods. The proceedings go awry, thanks to an unconventional case of double-mistaken identity. Throw in an evil stepmother intent on Rosamund's demise, her pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk, and you have the recipe for a rollicking country romp.

Told in "story theatre" fashion with nine principle actors on a unit set, it's one of the only genuine bluegrass scores ever heard in a Broadway musical, giving this unusual tale of the Natchez Trace a distinctive sound all its own.

Run dates will be Nov. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10

Rehearsals will be Sun, Mon, Tues, and Thurs, and occasional Wed evenings from 7-10:30 p.m.

January 27-28  *  7-9 p.m.  *  Clayton Performing Arts Center

Unnecessary Farce is the new classic American farce. A police sting in a motel room goes awry when a bumbling mayor, a pair of lusty civil servants, and a Scottish hitman are thrown together. This is a fast-paced, physical comedy which requires perfect timing and boundless energy of the performers.

Run dates will be Apr. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

Rehearsals will be Sun, Tues, Wed, and Thurs evenings from 7-10:30 p.m.

Freedom Circus

Auditions TBA

Female nurse with male sailor

Important Dates

Fall Semester begins Aug. 24
Auditions for Fall Production Aug. 28-29
Scholarship Application Deadline Sept. 13
SETC Registration Opens Oct. 15
SETC Prelim Auditions Oct. 26-27 (Maryville College)
Fall Production Nov. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
ACTF Short Play Deadline Nov. 15
Spring Semester begins Jan. 16
Auditions for Spring Production Jan. 27-28
Possible Student Plays Feb. 21, 22, 23
ACTF Regional Festival Feb 4-8, Roanoke, VA at Hollins University
SETC Annual Convention Mar. 5-9 (Mobile, AL)
Spring Production Apr. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13


Additional Requirements for Scholarships:

  • Applicants must submit paperwork to the Foundation before the third week of school (Sept. 13th for the Fall)
  • All recipients must audition/interview for all shows.

There will be a new student handbook and contract for all theatre majors which must be read and signed off on. 

There will also be a new Stage Manager’s handbook.

All theatre students will be required to submit a headshot and bio for programs by the end of September.

Next year we applying for accreditation with the National Association of the Schools of Theatre (NAST.)

Old News

Please do not schedule class during the MWF 11:50 time slot.  It will continue as our time for theatre meetings and special rehearsals. Wednesdays at Noon will be our regular department meetings.