• Experience HSU Theatre

    2016-2017 Season



    Lyrics by Andrew Lippa and Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
    Directed by Teri Wilkerson 
    Van Ellis Theatre 
    September 29, 30, Oct. 1, 6, 7, 8, at 7:30pm  and Oct. 9 at 2:00pm
    Charles Addams' weird and wonderful family, who have an affinity for all things macabre, come to devilishly delightful life in a new musical comedy.  Wednesday Addams and her "normal" boyfriend Lucas arrange a dinner at the Addams' mansion to announce to their families their plans to marry. The idea is jarring to both the families, and when the entire group winds up locked in overnight, secrets come out and revelations abound. Music, dance, and spooky fun!

    The INCREDIBLE FOX SISTERS---Southwest Premiere

    by Jaclyn Backhaus
    Directed by Victoria Spangler
    Van Ellis Theatre
    November 2-5 at 7:30pm and Nov. 6 at 2:00pm
    The Fox sisters have a dirty secret they're ready to share. They've been talking to the town peddler, Mr. Splitfoot ... who's been murdered, dead and buried for five years. His dearly departed soul is haunting his old home in Hydesville, New York, where the girls now live. Don't you believe them? This new play is based on the true story of Maggie and Kate Fox, two young New York girls who in the 1840s became international celebrities by convincing the world they were talking with ghosts. Their rapid rise to and fall from fame tells a darkly comedic coming-of-age story, pulling the girls into a twisted fate as perhaps the first victims of reality star culture.

    The MEDIUM

    by Gian Carlo Menotti
    Directed by Chris Hollingsworth
    Van Ellis Theatre
    November 18 and 19 at 7:30pm
    Set in New Orleans, the hour long opera recalls the dramatic sensibilities of a Southern gothic short story. Sung in straightforward, easy-to-understand English, this work tells the tale of Madame Flora, a charlatan spiritualist who conducts phony séances in her parlor. Assisted by her daughter and a deaf-mute orphan boy she took in off the street, Madame Flora cons grieving parents into believing that they are communicating with the spirits of their dead children.


    by A. R. Gurney
    Directed by Vanessa Salazar
    Down Centre Stage
    Jan. 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm; Jan. 29 at 2:00pm
    Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Then, Greg finds a street-smart lab/poodle mix, bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag, and brings her home. The pup promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect. A modern romantic comedy about a marriage....... and a dog.   

    ALL THE WORLD'S A GRAVE- Southwest Premiere

    A new play by William Shakespeare!  AND John Reed
    Directed by Courtney Mentzel
    Van Ellis Theatre
    February 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30pm and February 19 at 2pm
    Imagine that Hamlet had a reason; Macbeth a spine; Juliet an affair...with Romeo. Having launched a war to woo and win Juliet as his young bride, Hamlet returns home to find that his mother has murdered his father and married Macbeth. Enter Iago, purloiner of a certain handkerchief, who feeds the fire of Hamlet's jealous hell. Madness is not far behind, and neither is the fury of King Lear, Juliet's forsaken father.   The ingredients are Shakespeare's own - the people, places, words - but the brew is all new and bubbling with powerful trouble, artfully assembled and arranged by John Reed.


    Music and lyrics Stephen Schwartz and Book by John-Michael Tebelak
    Directed by Chris Hollingsworth
    Van Ellis Theatre
    March 30,31, April 1, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm and April 2 and 9 at 2:00pm
    "Prepare ye" for GODSPELL! This immensely successful rock opera needs little introduction, but when it was first produced on Broadway in 1971, it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. And yet it is something more - a religious experience, a demonstration of joy, and a celebration of the family of man. From Stephen Schwartz, the composer of WICKED and PIPPIN, GODSPELL is one of the most successful musicals of all time. 

    DirectFEST 2017

    Van Ellis Theatre
    April 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30pm
    -DirectFEST- Our annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed, and produced by HSU theater students. Four nights of fascinating theater.  

    SPECIAL EVENTS!!!        


    Musical Theatre Showcase -- October 28, Friday, 5:30pm, at the Duck Pond on the HSU campus.
    Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy an October evening outside as music and theatre students perform hits from Broadway and beyond.  Expect to be entertained by music from new musical as well as classic favorites. Presented by the HSU Theatre Department and School of Music.   No charge for this event. 


    March 4, Saturday, 6:30pm
    Our theatre and stage will be turned into a giant dinner theatre with elegant decorations, a superb and beautifully served three course meal, star-quality lighting, and extraordinary entertainment.  Starlight Extravaganza Patrons will be treated to a spectacular evening of music, as our vocal performance and musical theatre majors present a wide variety of musical theatre entertainment.  Each table will be decorated to represent a musical, and you can choose your own table!   All proceeds for this evening will benefit our HSU Theatre Travel Fund, which supports the students as they travel to and perform in Edinburgh Scotland every four years.   Call and reserve your table. 

    Ticket Information

    For all plays, including the opera:
    General Admission $8;  Military, seniors and students $5; HSU Faculty, staff and students free
     For musicals:  The Addams Family and Godspell
    General Admission $10;  Military, seniors and students $7; HSU Faculty, staff and students $5   

     Purchase tickets at the box office or online at hsutx.thundertix.com  

     Van Ellis Theatre box office (325) 670-1405
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