CoMO’s local theater scene

We are so blessed in Columbia to have such a vibrant arts scene that covers all the senses. It could be said that our local theater scene is the hidden gem among the jewels that Columbia has to offer us creatively. It seems sometimes it doesn’t get as much promotion as say art or music. But from outdoor theater under the stars to drama, musical theater or something especially for the kids you’ll find something that will entertain.

I’m from Columbia originally and was lucky enough to grow up in the midst of all these great opportunities. I remember going to Columbia Entertainment Company shows and doing reports on them in school. I spent summers watching great numbers under the stars at the Maplewood Barn. My stepfather was a theater professor at MU, and I learned a lot from watching him direct at the Corner Playhouse and teach classes.  After a couple years living in Kansas (yes, I lived in Kansas. It wasn’t that bad, I made some great friends!) I moved back to my hometown last summer and I’m so excited to rediscover the old familiar places to catch a play or a musical and to explore the new venues as well.

There’s a lot of great local theater coming up in the next few weeks. Here are just a few:

Columbia Entertainment Company: Sordid Lives runs the next 3 weekends, April 28-May 1; May 5-8; May 12-15, 2011, 1800 Nelwood Drive 

Stephens College Playhouse Theater Company Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie, 7:30 p.m., April 29–30, May 4–6, 2011
2 p.m. Sunday matinee, May 1

University of Missouri Department of Theater: Pride and Prejudice, the final show of the season, will close the 2011 season April 28-May 1, Rhynsburger Theater

University Concert Series: The Color Purple, May 1, 7pm, Jesse Hall

Tryps: Suessical the Musical, May 14-15, 7pm Columbia College Launer Auditorium

So much fun. Something for everyone. Check one out!

On with the SHOW!


  1. You’re still just touching the tip of the iceberg:
    Maplewood Barn (though mentioned) but not listed: Glengarry Glen Ross
    Independent Actors Theatre (IATS): Just wrapped up Superior Donuts
    Theatre NXS: Hedda Gabler (finishes up this weekend)
    5th Wall Production: Various Shakespeare shows
    PACE (children’s theatre): School House Rock Live
    Hazel Kinder’s Lighthouse Theater: various shows

    And of course, let’s not forget that CEC is also doing “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” for three weeks in June.

  2. You’re absolutely right. This post really only covers a few coming in the next 3 weeks or so. I plan on diving in deep into all of the ones you mentioned. There are exciting things going on at Maplewood Barn this coming year, and there are so many new ones for me to explore! I’m looking forward to taking my kids to some PACE and TRYPS shows as well.
    Please let me know if there are any that I miss or that I just can’t get to, even though I’d like to get to them all. I definitely want to see what’s happening with IATS, and Theater NXS is intriguing as well!
    Thanks for the comment! Appreciate it.

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