The Conservatory for the Performing Arts at Stephens College is proud to announce the 2023-2204 season:



Songs for a New World (Musical)                                7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, 29, 30 | 2 p.m. on Oct. 1 

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown 

The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), is a moving collection of powerful songs which examine life, love and the choices that we make.  It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back.  

This exquisitely crafted score is a wonderful way to bring the next generation into the theatre. 


An Enemy of the People (Drama)                                7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, 27, 28 | 2 p.m. on Oct. 29 

By Arthur Miller, adapted from Henrik Ibsen                  (In the Warehouse Theater, 104 Willis Ave.)  

A small town has just begun to win fame and wealth through its medicinal spring waters. Dr. Stockmann, resident physician in charge, discovers that the waters are poisoned. He immediately reports this to his associates but is shocked to find that instead of being thanked, he is looked upon as a dangerous crank.  The determined doctor realizes that the honesty and idealism he has counted upon to make the truth prevail simply does not exist in the face of selfish interests.  


A Christmas Carol: The Musical                                 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9, 14, 15 | 2 p.m. on Dec. 10  

Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens                           

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving but is forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts appear to him on Christmas Eve and lead him through his Past, Present and Future.  

Music by Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens breathes new life into this classic tale.  


Boeing, Boeing (Comedy)                                            7:30 p.m. on February 8, 9, 10 | 2 p.m. on Feb. 11 

By Marc Camoletti, Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans    

Boeing, Boeing tells the story of the exploits of French bachelor, Bernard, and three lovely flight attendants from three different countries.  All three believe they are engaged to Bernard. He has been able to juggle these women until the situation changes when all of them show up at his apartment on the same day.  Hilarity ensues!    


Footloose (Musical)                                         7:30 p.m. on March 15, 16, 21, 22 | 2 p.m. on March 17 

Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford 

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher.  When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation. The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.  To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated score, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind. 


Curtain Up: A Celebration of the Work                                                          7:30 p.m. on May 2, 3 

A celebration of student work featuring new works in musical theatre, acting, vocal ensembles and a few surprises along the way! 


New This Season 
Tickets will be electronic, and all seating will be general admission.
To purchase tickets, visit, email us at [email protected] or call 573-876-7199.  Tickets will be emailed. You can present the tickets on your phone or bring a hard copy to the theatre.  
Ticket prices: $15 per patron. Free for all college students with an ID.  Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available upon request.   All performances (except for An Enemy of the People) are at the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Avenue, Columbia, Missouri.  
With a focus on experiential learning, performing and networking, the Conservatory for the Performing Arts at Stephens College prepares performers and creatives to succeed in the highly competitive world of theatre, television and film.

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