2015-2016 Productions

All productions at Brown Auditorium or Mingenback Theatre, 1600 E. Euclid  McPherson, KS
Curtain Time: 7:30pm. More information: (620)242-0444 theatre@mcpherson.edu


Taming of the ShrewThe Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare
September 10, 11 & 12, 2015 in Mingenback Theatre

A father has two daughters; the younger one beautiful and the older sharp-tongued and strong willed. The younger has a multitude of suitors but they have no chance of marriage until the older sister is married first. Enter a charming, dashing young man up for a challenge. He determines that he shall tame this “shrew” and all bets are placed against him. Originally set in Padua, Italy – think of the fun when it is moved to the docks of a pirates’ cove! (The senior project in performance for Addie Johnson.)


You’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownYou’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

by Clark Gesner
October 2, 3, 9 & 10, 2015 in Brown Auditorium

Imagine what might take place on Charles Schulz’s drawing table when no one is around. The cast of endearing young six year olds made famous in the Peanuts comic strip have a heyday recreating moments from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season. (The senior project in musical theatre for Josh Hall.)


The Great Cross Country RaceThe Great Cross Country Race

by Alan Broadhurst
November 13 & 14, 2015 in Brown Auditorium

Aesop’s fable of the race between the tortoise and the hare . . . and we all know how that ends. Animals in the woods cannot find anybody to compete with the over confident hare in the cross-country race until the slow-moving tortoise agrees to challenge him. A series of diversions for the fleet footed hare continue to throw him into altercations with “humans” as the tortoise plods steadily and relentlessly on to the finish line. (The senior project in costume design for Crystal Osner.)

The MousetrapThe Mousetrap

by Agatha Christie
March 4 & 5, 2016 in Brown Auditorium

The world’s longest running play by one of the best mystery writers of all time has celebrated 60 plus years on the London stage. A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. If you know the ending, please keep it to yourself! This murder mystery standard will be directed by alumnus Eric Johnson.

Hotel ParadisoHotel Paradiso

by George Feydeau & Maurice Desvallieres Translated by Peter Grenville
April 15 & 16, 2016 in Brown Auditorium

When the neighbor’s wife complains that her husband shows her no attention, our henpecked hero decides to help her out and makes plans to whisk her out for a night of frivolity. Originally set in Paris in 1910, we are transporting the production to New Orleans where this bedroom farce finds an assortment of characters stealing through the halls and rooms of a cheap hotel. Theatre alumnus Mary Hughes will be directing this fast paced season finale. (The senior project in performance for Whitney Jefferson.)


Theatre Awards Gala

April 28, 2016

Join us for our end-of-the-year celebration of the work of our students in the classroom, on the stage and in the shops.