Carnival Vitas: Dance of the Animals
In Collaboration with Off the Walls Arts
October 1 at 10 AM and 2 PM

Join us for a larger than life, dancing puppet extravaganza, children’s show directed by Neile Martin!

The cosmic creation snake is traveling across the universe to Earth for one day to bring a magical gift. All the amazing animals are coming together to celebrate her arrival. Lions and meerkats will prance, giraffes and hippos will tango, and birds will soar in this new work created for the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance in collaboration with Off the Walls Arts and Memphis artist Yvonne Bobo.

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The Rocky Horror Show
Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O'Brien
November 10 – 12 and 17 – 19, 2022

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."
Frank-N-Furter and his motley crew did the "Time Warp" on Broadway in a 25th anniversary revival. Complete with sass from the audience, cascading toilet paper, and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi gothic musical is more fun than ever.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

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Starting Here, Starting Now
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, JR. Music by David Shire
Produced at Barbarann Theatre Restaurant, NYC by
Steve Abrams, Mary Jo Slater, Scott Mansfield and Morton Schwartz
February 8 – 11 at 7:30 PM

Starting Here, Starting Now is a thrilling and touching musical revue using the songs of Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire (Big, Baby, Closer Than Ever).
Using songs from their various early musicals (produced or otherwise), this bold, extroverted journey takes a winsome cast of three through the maze of modern relationships with its heart firmly on its sleeve. As with all of Maltby and Shire's work, each song is an impeccably crafted story – original, engaging, bursting with character and showcasing the versatility and charisma of its performer.
From tender ballads to hysterical husband-hunting laments, from wry comments on trendy marriages to ecstatic shouting-from-the-rooftop celebration, Starting Here, Starting Now has an appealing freshness that has made it a perennial favorite throughout the world.

Starting Here, Starting Now
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre are International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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Emerge: New Student Dance Works
March 24 – 25 at 7:30 & March 25 at 2PM
Our annual showcase of exciting new dance works by UofM dance program student choreographers. These new, bold, exciting, thought-provoking, and beautiful dance works are set on dance program students and other U of M students from across campus. This performance is executed in collaboration with Theatre & Dance department student designers from the costume, lighting, sound, and technical areas. Join us for this highly anticipated once a year dance presentation!

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Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
adapted by Kate Hamill
April 13 – 15 & 20 – 22 at 7:30 PM 
A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

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Adult, Faculty/Staff, and Memphis Student tickets may be purchased online.  Other discounted tickets (group discounts, non-Memphis students, Theatre & Dance Alumni) must be purchased at the box office.

Current Memphis students may receive one free ticket for any show.  Students may bring up to one non-Memphis student guest with them at the reduced rate of $20.00 to the same performance.  Other guests will be ticketed at the normal rate.  You must create an account with, or login to the system using your email address to receive special pricing.  Discounts will be applied after logging into the system.  Please call the box office at 901-678-2576 if you have problems purchasing tickets online.

Group discounts and discounts for prospective students are available.  Please call the box-office at 901-678-2576.


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