Performance Schedule

Belhaven Theatre is offering its 16th year of productions with a season that celebrates the art of storytelling.  Our season begins with Big Fish the Musical, which uses memory and exaggerated tall-tales to tell the story of a father and son who struggle to find the lost love between them.  39 Steps uses Hitchcock-ian suspense to create an evening of pure comedy.  The White Snake closes out the Fall semester using techniques of Asian storytelling.  In the Spring we begin with a World Premiere of Joseph Frost’s Mayfair Ma Chére, a farcical sequel to his The Mayfair Affair from a few seasons ago.  Our second production of the Spring, Sketching the Soul, presents a story that encourages the audience to think about one’s faith in a contemporary society versus one’s passion and how the past, eventually, catches up to us.  Our season concludes with one of the masterpieces of the Golden Age of Broadway, The Music Man, which tells the story of how love can emerge even when it is least expected.

We are also excited to see a fantastic group of guest designers and guest artists collaborate on our productions this year, as well as our extensive use of Barber Auditorium as a truly theatrical venue.  Furthermore, we are thrilled to announce our new affiliation with the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, which will provide numerous opportunities for our students to advance their craft.  We hope that you will join us at the theatre!

We hope that you will join us at the theatre! To reserve tickets for any Belhaven Theatre production, please call 601-965-7026 or email your request to boxoffice@belhaven.edu.  Tickets may be purchased with cash or check. For major productions, click on the link to view programs, posters, and videos of productions. Videos can also be viewed on our Theatre Playlist. Belhaven Theatre on YouTube

2016-17 Theatre

Theatre Season 2016-2017

August 27
7:30 pm

Blackbox Theatre
24-Hour Theatre Event
From Zero to Ten Minute Play in 24 Hours! Students gather on Friday and create an original piece of theatre in a single day; from idea to script to rehearsal to performance.
Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.
September 28- 30. October 4-6, 14-15
7:30 pm
October 1
2:00 pm
7:30 pm
Blackbox
Theatre
Big Fish the Musical
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Book by John August
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace
Directed by Dr. David S. Sollish
Choreographed by Broadway's John Scacchetti
A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, Big Fish centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. As Edward's final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales.  Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, and featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August, Big Fish is overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft; it is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that's richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.
General Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5; Complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
October 19-22
7:30 PM
October 22
2:00 PM
Barber Auditorium
39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Joseph Frost
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!  In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5; Complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
November 11-12, 16-19
7:30 PM
November 12, 19
2:00 PM
Blackbox Theatre
The White Snake
Written by Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Dr. Elissa Sartwell
In her latest theatrical production inspired by a classic story, Mary Zimmerman reimagines The White Snake, an ancient Chinese legend in which a snake spirit transforms herself into a beautiful woman in order to experience the human world. Adventuring down her mountainside with her companion, Green Snake, White Snake meets and falls in love with the humble, virtuous Xu Xian and convinces him to marry her. Together, the three friends open a pharmacy, but soon the remarkable healing powers of White Snake draw the attention of a treacherous monk, Fa Hai. Outraged at the union between a mortal and a snake spirit, Fa Hai takes it upon himself to destroy it. Zimmerman brings to this timeless romance her usual brilliant mix of ingenious stagecraft, song, abundant humor, and compassion.
General Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5; Complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
February 17-18, 22-25
7:30 pm
February 18, 25
2:00 pm
Blackbox Theatre
Mayfair Ma ChÉre
Written by Joseph Frost
Directed by Joseph Frost
This WORLD PREMIERE is a hilarious addition to the world of The Mayfair Affair, Mayfair Ma Chère tells the story of Jack and Moira’s as they elope to the French Quarter of New Orleans, navigating the muddy waters around the misfit krewe of a would-be smuggler, a desperate missionary, a crusty sea captain, a cajun learning to cook, a first-time thief, a masquerading widow, a cursed valet, an unclaimed mail-order bride, and a recherché exotic jewel. Tall-tales, mayhem, and mistaken identities make for one rattling streetcar ride - but as they say in the Crescent City: "Laissez les bons temps rouler!”
Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5; Complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
March 30-April 1
7:30 pm
Barber Auditorium
Sketching the Soul
Written by Jacqueline Lynch
Directed by Dr. Elissa Sartwell
Chelsea Logan is an artist struggling with the conflict between her growing celebrity and her Amish upbringing, which she left behind to pursue her ambition, and which she neglected to mention to Mike (her boyfriend), new friends and colleagues. The past and present, celebrity and spiritually come to a head one frenetic weekend when her younger sister Sarah arrives unexpectedly. Chelsea must explain her sister, and the lifestyle she kept a secret, to Mike, an attorney struggling with his own ethical priorities, and to Maureen Nash an aggressive journalist who arrives with a photographer for an interview (during which Chelsea, with a rather un-Amish-like attitude, pummels the photographer into surrendering the film he has shot of Sarah!) Sarah and Mike together help Chelsea to accept and acknowledge the power of her Amish heritage and to move toward a future she had not expected.
Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5; Complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
April 21-22, 26-29
7:30 PM
April 22, 29
2:00 PM
Blackbox Theatre
The Music Man
Book, Lyrics & Music by Meredith Willson
Directed by Dr. David Sollish
Choreographed by Broadway’s Stephen Ward Billeisen
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.
Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5; Complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Theatre Season 2015-2016

Sept. 30- Oct. 3
Flexible Theatre
Doubt
Oct. 29-31
Gillespie Commons
Ghost Stories of Mississippi
Nov. 6-14
Flexible Theatre
Shrek The Musical
Feb. 4-6 Night, Mother
Feb. 24-27
Flexible Theatre
Doctor Faustus
Apr. 15-23
Flexible Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors

Theatre Season 2014-2015

Aug. 23
Blackbox Theatre
The 24-Hour Theatre Thing
Oct. 1-4
Blackbox Theatre
The God Committee
Nov. 12-15
Blackbox Theatre
Tartuffe
Nov. 20-21
Blackbox Theatre
8th Annual Evening of One-Acts
Feb. 25-28
Blackbox Theatre
Godspell
Apr. 15-18
Blackbox Theatre
the descent / lifted me - a devised theatre piece
Apr. 20 - 25
Center for the Arts
Belhaven Theatre Festival 2014

Theatre Season 2013-2014

Aug. 24
Blackbox Theatre
The 24-Hour Theatre Thing
Sept. 19-28
Blackbox Theatre
Ice Island by Marjorie Duffield
Oct. 24 - Nov. 2
Blackbox Theatre
Johanne d'Arc - a devised theatre piece
Nov. 9
Blacbox Theatre
Belhaven Cabaret Night
Nov. 22 & 23
Blackbox Theatre
7th Annual Evening of One Acts
Feb. 13-22
Blackbox Theatre
Curtains - a musical
Apr. 1-7
Blackbox Theatre
Last Train to Nibroc
Apr. 7-12 Belhaven Theatre Festival 2014

Theatre Season 2012-2013

Aug. 25
Blackbox Theatre
The 24-Hour Theatre Thing
Sept. 25-29
Theatre 151
Angel Streetby Patrick Hamilton
Oct. 17-27
Blackbox Theatre
Henry Vby William Shakespeare
Nov. 27 & 28
Blackbox Theatre
6th Annual Evening of One Acts
Feb. 21 - Mar. 2
Blackbox Theatre
The Drunkard- a musical
Apr. 2-6
Theatre 151
Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont
Apr. 8-13 Belhaven Theatre Festival 2013

Theatre Season 2011-2012

Aug. 27
Blackbox Theatre
The 24-Hour Theatre Thing
Sept. 22-27
Theatre 151
Sister Calling My Name
Oct. 19-22
Blackbox Theatre
The Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht - A Highland Players Guild Production Featuring Alumni of the Belhaven Theatre Department
Nov. 2-5
Belhaven Pavilion
Everyone Knows What A Dragon Looks Like
Nov. 29 & 30
Blackbox Theatre
6th Annual One Act Play Festival
Feb. 23 - March 3
Blackbox Theatre
The Mayfair Affair - A Farce Premiere Workshop Production
Mar. 29
Theatre 151
Eleemosynary
Apr. 10-14 Belhaven Theatre Festival 2012