Tent Theatre

2016 Production Schedule

All Shook Up - MSU Tent Theatre 2016 June 8-11, 13-18

All Shook Up


June 8-11, 13-18

Inspired by and featuring the songs of ELVIS PRESLEY®
Book by Joe DiPietro

The year is 1955. The place is a dreary Midwestern town where the “Mamie Eisenhower Decency Act” forbids loud music, tight pants and public displays of affection.

Mayor Matilda and Sheriff Earl strictly enforce the morality ordinance — until a guitar-playing, hip-swiveling, motorcycle-riding roustabout named Chad sparks a rock’n’roll rebellion!

Suddenly, the town’s long-repressed citizens are dancing to the “Jailhouse Rock” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” — although not necessarily with the ones who love them.

As the romantic frenzy escalates, the furious mayor declares that Chad is the “Devil In Disguise” and vows to throw him in jail. With the pious posse closing in, couples escape to the abandoned fairgrounds on the outskirts of town and a final showdown begins!

Based on Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night,” this feel-good jukebox musical is bursting with more than two dozen 1950s and ‘60s hit songs, from swoon-worthy ballads like “Love Me Tender” to the bluesy “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Hound Dog” to rockabilly classics “That’s All Right,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and, of course, “All Shook Up”!

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This production sponsored by KTXR-101.3 The Outlaw; KY3; Greg and Judy McManus; Penmac Staffing; Ethel Curbow, Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realtors; Meridian Title Company; Law Offices of Kristoffer Barefield, LLC.; Missouri State University Bookstore.

The Tent Theatre Orchestra presented by Springfield Music.


Unnecessary Farce - MSU Tent Theatre 2016 June 23-25, 27 - July 1

Unnecessary Farce


June 23-25, 27-July 1

Written by Paul Slade Smith

Mayor Meekly is suspected of embezzling $16 million dollars from the city’s coffers. Two rookie police officers, Eric Sheridan and Billie Dwyer, stake out an economy motel where the mayor is set to meet his sexy female accountant, Karen Brown, who is also in on the sting.

Their game plan: Lure the mayor into a confession, capture it on videotape from the adjoining room, then burst in and make the arrest. But it doesn’t take long for the operation to go hilariously awry.

Officer Dwyer has worn her uniform to the undercover assignment; Officer Sheridan is having a secret affair with Ms. Brown, and the two are having a hard time focusing on their mission; the mayor’s bumbling body guard, Agent Frank, decides to interfere; the mayor’s wife, Mary Meekly, shows up at the most inopportune moment; the surveillance equipment malfunctions; and the local “Scottish Clan” crime syndicate has dispatched Todd (a.k.a. “The Highland Hitman”) to kill someone.

Pandemonium ensues as the inept cops rush to close their case before the kilt-clad assassin strikes!

Nonstop plot twists, side-splitting dialog and split-second timing add to the zany fun of this award-winning comedy.

This production sponsored by KTXR-101.3 The Outlaw; KY3; Missouri State University Bookstore; Med-Pay, Inc.; Springfield Black Tie, Inc.; Watkins Outdoor; Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company and Missouri State University Residence Life, Housing, and Dining Services.


My Fair Lady - MSU Tent Theatre 2016 July 6-9, 11-17

My Fair Lady


July 6-9, 11-17

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner Music by Frederick Loewe
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play, “Pygmalion”

Cockney flowerseller Eliza Doolittle dreams of a more comfortable and prosperous life than the one she has as a struggling street vendor.

Phonetics professor Henry Higgins contends that what truly separates the British social classes — more than wealth — is the way they speak. He makes a wager with linguist colleague Colonel Pickering that, with six months of speech lessons, even a rough guttersnipe like Eliza could pass for a duchess at an embassy ball.

Under Higgins’ tutelage, Eliza undergoes an intensive makeover of her speech, manners and dress to emulate that of “a proper lady.” But as she perfects her diction and demeanor, deeper changes also are taking place — and Higgins finds that his “creation” has a mind of her own!

Since its debut in 1956, this Tony Award-winning Best Musical has delighted audiences with its wit, wisdom and winning heroine. The score includes such beloved songs as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Show Me,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

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This production sponsored by KTXR-101.3 The Outlaw; KY3; St James River Rentals LLC, Greg and Judy McManus; The Old Glass Place , Al Miller and Roger Malarkey; Chesterfield EyeWorks; Springfield Business Journal and Missouri State University Residence Life, Housing, and Dining Services.

The Tent Theatre Orchestra presented by Springfield Music.