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Department of Theatre

Department of Theatre

The Department of Theatre at Columbus State University educates students in the collaborative art of theatre and prepares them for professional employment, careers in theatre education, and graduate study. The course of study teaches the craft and artistry of acting, directing, design, technical, and educational theatre.

The professional and energetic faculty encourages students to experiment, explore, and discover in a supportive yet challenging environment. CSU productions serve as a laboratory where students practice classroom theories, test analytical skills, and undertake cooperative endeavors while promoting the creative act of theatre.

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Haunted House with BatsThe Mystery of Irma Vep

By Charles Ludlam


This definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas, recently revived Off-Broadway to raves, is a quick change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened make this a comedy that has everything.



Performance Times

May 19-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 pm

June 2-4, 16, and 23 at 7:30 pm











A girl with glasses, Junie B Jones


Junie B. Jones the Musical

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich


It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie's friend Lucille doesn't want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher Mr. Scary thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal", and first grade has never been more exciting.


Performance Times

June 9-11, 14-18, and 21-25 at 10:00 am

June 12, 19, and 26 at 2:00 pm










A woman dances with a monster


Young Frankenstein

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks


Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.


Performance Times

June 9-11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm







a girl in a pink dress waves a wand


Pinkalicious the Musical

Book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Music by John Gregor
Lyrics by Elizabth and Victoria Kann and John Gregor


Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.



Performance Times

September 1-3 at 10:00 am and 7:30 pm

September 4 at 2:00 pm






a martini, a gnome, an apple, and a pair of  underwear


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang


Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.


Performance Times

September 30 at 7:30 pm

October 1, 6-8 at 7:30 pm







the silhouette of a man heading towards a bright light



by Peter van Diest


Everyman seeks to answer the important religious question: "What must a man do to be saved?" God sends Death to summon Everyman, informing him that Good and Evil actions will be tallied like pluses and minuses in an account book. As Everyman journeys to this final reckoning, he meets other characters along the way, hoping to convince them to accompany him and help improve his record.  



Performance Times

November 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm

November 6 at 2:00 pm

November 10-12 at 7:30 pm







 a little boy sits on a pirate's shoulders

Jingle Arrgh the Way

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman

The "How I Became a Pirate" crew is back! A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs, and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes "Jingle ARRGH the Way!" a wonderful holiday show for the whole family. Based on a story by Melinda Long, author of "How I Became a Pirate."




Performance Times

November 30 at 9:30 and 11:00 am

December 1-2 at 9:30 and 11:00 am and 7:30 pm

December 3 at 10:00 am and 7:30 pm

December 4 at 2:00 pm





sunset in front of a silhouette of a old city
Fiddler on the Roof

Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Book by Joseph Stein


When Tevye's eldest daughter Tzeitel begs him to let her marry a poor tailor rather than the middle-aged butcher that he has already chosen for her, Tevye must choose between his own daughter's happiness and those beloved traditions that keep the outside world at bay. 

Performance Times

January 20 & 21,26-28 at 7:30 pm, January 22 at 2:00 pm




Don's Resale Shop, a run-down building

American Buffalo

by David Mamet

In a Chicago junk shop, three small-time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable "Buffalo nickel". These high-minded grifters fancy themselves businessmen pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality of the three-- Donny, the oafish junk shop owner; Bobby, a young junkie Donny has taken under his wing; and "Teach", a violently paranoid braggart-- is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams. 




Performance Times

February 2-4 at 7:30 pm





a large beanstalk in front of a blue sky

Jack and the Wonder Beans

Adapted by Larry Snipes from the book by James Still


All is well for Jack and his Mam. They have their home, a roof, a patch of land and a cow. One spring, when the cow goes dry, life on Wolfpen Creek has to change. In hard times no one wants to buy a cow "dry as a hat." Jack trades his bossy to a Gypsy for "seeds"—and Jack is in for trouble. His adventures with the High Tall Giant Woman and her husband teach him that "the simple life is right for Jack."



Performance Times

February 2-4 at 10:00 am and 7:30 pm

February 5 at 2:00 pm






a mirror image of two houses, one white and one black

Clybourne Park

by Bruce Norris


Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.



Performance Times

April 7-8 and 13-15 at 7:30 pm

April 2 at 2:00 pm