University of Central Missouri Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce the availability of 2023-2024 season tickets through Sept. 28.

The theme for this season is “With Love” commemorating UCM Theatre and Dance productions that celebrate love in its many different forms.

Season tickets include four mainstage productions and the spring dance concert for one low price of $80 for the general public; $60 for faculty, staff, senior citizens, and military; and $40 for non-UCM students and children age 5 and up. These prices include five shows for the price of four.

New this year, and through the support of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Phil Bridgmon, all UCM students will have free admission to all UCM Theatre and Dance productions upon presenting their UCM student ID.

To purchase season tickets by check or cash, please call the Box Office supervisor at
660-543-8811 or email boxoffice@ucmo.edu. To purchase season tickets online, visit ucmboxoffice.universitytickets.com. All productions in the 2023-2024 “With Love” season will be presented in UCM’s Highlander Theatre.

The 2023-2024 season opens in this venue with “Everybody,” directed by Jenise Cook, and presented Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Filled with humor, wit and profound insights, this modern play delves into existential questions about life, death and the choices we make along the way.

Next up is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic “Cinderella” in the Highlander Theatre
Nov.10-12 and Nov. 16-18. This classic family-friendly tale of self-discovery enchants with its timeless songs, dazzling costumes, and iconic characters. A reminder to us all that dreams really can come true, “Cinderella” is produced in collaboration with the Division of Music and is directed by faculty member Dr. Aaron Scully, choreographed by Megan Helmers, and with musical direction by Daniel Doss.

To open the “With Love” season in spring 2024, UCM Theatre and Dance will offer “Xanadu: The Musical” by Douglas Carter Beane, and directed and choreographed by Jenise Cook. In collaboration with the Division of Music, it runs Feb. 22-25. “Xanadu: The Musical” is a mystical mixture of Greek mythology and ‘80s pop culture in a joyous celebration of love and inspiration.

The next play, March 28-31, is “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. “Romeo and Juliet” will be directed by Dr. Aaron Scully. Watch the beloved poetic language of Shakespeare come to life with contemporary visuals and breathtaking performances only fitting for UCM's most prominent stage.

Closing out the “With Love” season April 18-21 is the annual dance concert, this time in conjunction with the UCM Concert Choir directed by Jackson Thomas, and the UCM Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. David Aaberg. Titled “Sacred Concert,” UCM’s fine performing artists join forces to present the work of influential jazz pianist and composer, Duke Ellington, through song and dance.

Be a part of the entire UCM Theatre and Dance season “With Love,” by purchasing season tickets by cash or check at 660-543-8811, emailing boxoffice@ucmo.edu or stopping by Martin Building, Room 113 on the UCM campus between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Online season tickets can be found at https://ucmboxoffice.universitytickets.com.

For those who may not be interested in season tickets but want to see the show for an even lower price, UCM Theatre and Dance provides a Pay-What-You-Can option (minimum $1) for every Sunday matinee for each show. These tickets may be purchased at the box office or online. Online tickets include a service/handling fee. For the hearing impaired, ASL Interpreters are also present at one performance of every production.

Additionally, anyone who wants to support UCM Theatre and Dance through a donation is encouraged to become a UCM Theatre and Dance Foundation member. Foundation member benefits can include a tax-deduction, season tickets, preferred seating, special events, and the donor’s name in every playbill for the entire season. Individuals who want to become UCM Theatre and Dance Foundation members should call 660-543-4020 or visit ucmfoundation.org/give/theatre.

Feel free to send other inquiries to boxoffice@ucmo.edu or call (660) 543-8811.

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