Get a cultural fix through theater at MU and around Columbia

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Jamie Hunnicut yells from the stage to Shelia Kausler and Cheryl Black in the audience during the rehearsal for the Beethovens at the Missouri Theatre. The group plays classical rock versions of Beethoven classics with humorous narrative between each of the pieces.

COLUMBIA — New students can find cultural outlets around town that range from the visual to the musical. Here is a sampling.


The Concert Series has been around for more than 100 years, bringing global entertainment from to MU. The concert series holds performances at Jesse Auditorium and the Missouri Theatre.

This year, the series will bring "Memphis, The Musical" to town on Nov. 10. The show follows a radio DJ, Huey Calhoun, who wants to change the world, and a young club singer, Felicia Farrell, looking for her big break.


Talking Horse Productions opened its doors as a nonprofit organization in 2012. Since then, the company has provided shows in an intimate setting, focusing on character rather than large sets.

Talking Horse will finish its 2013 season with "Almost, Maine" by John Cariani, a comedy about the town of Almost, Maine, and its inhabitants, who fall in and out of love as the northern lights hover overhead. "Almost, Maine" will run Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 5-8.

Performances are held at the Berlin Theatre, a small (50-60 seat) venue in the North Village Arts District in downtown Columbia.


This theater was founded in 1979 and is currently in its 34th season. CEC offers opportunities for both young and old to get involved with theater. There are opportunities to act on stage and volunteer backstage.

The upcoming season will feature the iconic musical, "Wizard of Oz," running Sept. 12-15, 19-22 and 26-29. From Oct. 24-Nov. 10, the theater will produce "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure."

The theater is located at 1800 Nelwood Drive.


The theater department at MU was established in 1925. All shows put on by the department are available for students and faculty to enjoy, as well as members of the public.

The department offers a variety of performances, from musicals to plays, throughout the academic year. The upcoming season will be announced at the departments website before the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

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