The Little Theatre

Each year The Little Theatre produces at least four main stage productions, in addition to student-directed projects and collaborative work with the Music department. Touring professional productions, guest speakers and musical artists also appear in the intimate 209-seat facility.


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Show Information

Tickets: For CMU main stage productions, $8 for general admission, $5 CMU Faculty and Staff, CMU students free with ID. Price varies for other productions; oftentimes no admission. Check with the box office at 660-248-6281 for details.

Curtain Time: Thursday-Saturday evening performances at 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee performances at 1:30 pm.

Reservations: Individual and group reservations can be made at any time by calling the Little Theatre box office at 660-248-6281. Reserved tickets are held at the box office, and can be picked up and paid for the night of the performance. The Little Theatre accepts cash and checks.


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2022 - 2023 Season

Merrily We Roll Along

By Stephen Sondheim and George Furth

Merrily We Roll Along begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer, Franklin Shepard, and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.

Performances: October 13 - 16, 2022

December 8 - 10, 2022: Student Directing ScenesThe students taking our Directing Techniques class will present a slate of one-act shows as the culmination of their class activities. 

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Dramatized by Markland Taylor & directed by Professor Lonna Wilke

The classic fantasy about Bilbo, a young and extremely reluctant Hobbit, who leaves home and sets off with a band of adventurers to slay Smaug the dragon and recover an enormous treasure, discovering the ring in the process. Told with wit and humor the play is sure to delight audiences young and old alike. 

Wednesday through Friday performances are elementary school matinees

Public performances are Saturday night at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 1:30 pm

Performances: March 1 - 5, 2023

Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon 

Directed by P. Rob Brown

Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. Ordinary Days is an original musical for anyone who's ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.

Performances: March 23-24, 2023

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

By William Shakespeare

Another classic, Shakespeare's tragedy explores love, trust, friendship, and betrayal between Othello, his right hand man, Iago, and his wife, Desdemona. 

Performances: April 27 - 30, 2023


Cultural Affairs

Each year CMU sponsors a Cultural Affairs Series. Theatrical and music productions, poets and lecturers are some of the events included in the series. Please check the CMU Event Calendar for upcoming performance dates.

Academic Programs

Learn more about CMU's Theatre programs.