Performance Schedule

Belhaven Theatre is offering its 18th year of productions with a season that celebrates classic stories familiar to and beloved by all.  Our Fall begins with These Shining LIves, followed by Ezekiel and White Christmas. The Spring begins with The Skin of Our Teeth, and closes with the classic musical, The Secret Garden.

We are, once again, excited to see a fantastic group of guest designers and guest artists collaborate on our productions this year!  Please join us this season as we celebrate the Lord through the talents of our wonderful student-artists! I will see you 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

Theatre Season 2019-20

Aug. 24
7:30 p.m.

Barber Theatre
24-Hour Theatre Event
A from-zero-to-ten-minute play is created 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 p.m.
Sept. 26-28,
Oct. 2-5

7:30 p.m.,
2:00 p.m. Saturday
Matinee

Blackbox Theatre
The Fantasticks
The timeless, charming story of a pair of parents who want their rebellious children to fall in love, and so pretend to feud, enlisting the help of a romantic narrator and two bumbling actors. At one time both nostalgic and universal, The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in history. Join us for this enchanting musical, a sweet fable for all ages.

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 TBA

Student Center
Reading: Greg Iles
Greg Iles is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of seventeen novels, including his most recent, Cemetery Road (2019). In a Washington Post book review, Bill Sheehan describes Cemetery Road as "an ambitious stand-alone thriller that...is both an absorbing crime story and an in-depth exploration of grief, betrayal and corruption in a small Southern community." In addition to writing, Iles also performs as a member of the literary musical group The Rock Bottom Remainders, which includes authors Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount, Jr., Matt Groening, and James McBride. Iles grew up in Natchez, MS, where he currently lives.

Complimentary admission. Open to the public.
Oct. 23-26,
Oct. 31-Nov. 2
6:00 p.m.,
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees

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TBA performances held around campus and the Jackson area
The Mysteries
The Mysteries follows the medieval tradition of presenting the biblical story of the Mystery of God’s relationship to the world through a series of short plays in common language and understanding in an outdoor festival presentation. The plays range from the fantastic Creation Play to the melodramatic Abraham and Isaac to the slapstick Second Shepard’s Play to the terrifying Hell’s Mouth. Our production will recreate the festival atmosphere by performing on a pageant wagon and holding performances at several locations on our main campus.

Complimentary admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Nov. 7-9, 13-16
7:30 p.m.,
2:00 p.m. Saturday
Matinee

Blackbox Theatre

The Illusion
A lawyer, facing mortality, desperate to find the son he drove away years before, travels in the dead of night to a mysterious cave. There he engages the services of a wizard, who conjures up visions of the romantic, adventurous, perilous life the lawyer’s son has been living since his father expelled him from home.

Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5; Complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Feb. 13-15, 19-22
7:30 p.m.,
2:00 p.m. Saturday
Matinee

Blackbox Theatre

The Women of Lockerbie
By Deborah Brevoort

Mar. 16
5:30 p.m.

Student Center

READING: Adam Vines, Poet
Adam Vines is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review and author of two books of poetry, The Coal Life (2012) and Out of Speech (2018). He also co-authored a book of poems (According to Discretion, 2015) with Allen Jih. Vines graduated with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received his MFA from the University of Florida. He is now an assistant professor at UAB, where he teaches poetry writing workshops. Vines has published work in Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, Poetry, and many other journals. He was named the Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2008 Sewanee Writers’ Conference and was awarded the William Alexander II & Lisa Percy Fellowship at the Rivendell Writers’ Colony in 2017.

Complimentary admission. Open to the public.

Apr. TBA
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Center

Reading: The Best of Belhaven's Writers

Apr. 2-4, 8-9, 16-18
7:30 p.m.,
2:00 p.m. Saturday
Matinee

Blackbox Theatre

The Pirates of Penzance
Music by Arthur Sullivan; Book & Lyrics by W. S. Gilbert; Directed by Joseph Frost

Apr. 16
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Center

Reading: The Best of Belhaven's Writers
Students currently enrolled in the BFA Program in Creative Writing at Belhaven University will read from their work. Representing many states and several countries, these students have enrolled at Belhaven because of their gift for writing and devotion to craft. Readings will include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and scripts for screen and stage. Upon graduation, Belhaven’s Creative Writers will join a group of alumni who have published novels, topped The New York Times bestseller list, won national poetry prizes and Fulbright Scholarships, and secured positions with prestigious presses and institutions of higher education.

Complimentary Admission / Open to the public / Reception to Follow.

 

Theatre Season 2018-19

September 1
7:30 p.m.
Blackbox Theatre
24-Hour Theatre Event
A from-zero-to-ten-minute play is created 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 p.m.
September 26-29
7:30 p.m.,
2:00 p.m. Saturday
Matinee
Blackbox Theatre
These Shining Lives
These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits or endanger the lives of those who come after them. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open thirty minutes prior to each performance.
October 24-27
7:30 p.m.,
2:00 p.m. Saturday
Matinee
Barber Auditorium
Ezekiel
Ezekiel is a devised collaboration of original theatre and music composition that explores and manifests the prophetic visions of the Old Testament prophet through sound, movement, staging, design, and text. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open thirty minutes prior to each performance.
November 2-3, 7-10
7:30 p.m.,
2:00 p.m. Saturday
Matinees
Blackbox Theatre
White Christmas
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former Army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love a Piano, How Deep is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open thirty minutes prior to each performance.
February 15-16, 20-23
7:30 p.m.,
2:00 p.m. Saturday
Matinees
Blackbox Theatre
The Skin of Our Teeth
Meet George and Maggie Antrobus of Excelsior, New Jersey, a suburban, commuter-town couple (married for 5,000 years), who bear more than a casual resemblance to that first husband and wife, Adam and Eve: the two Antrobus children, Gladys (perfect in every way, of course) and Henry (who likes to throw rocks and was formerly known as Cain); and their garrulous maid, Sabina (the eternal seductress), who takes it upon herself to break out of character and interrupt the course of the drama at every opportunity (“I don’t understand a word of this play!”). Whether he is inventing the alphabet or merely saving the world from apocalypse, George and his redoubtable family somehow manage to survive—by the skin of their teeth. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open thirty minutes prior to each performance.

April 5-6, 10-13
7:30 p.m.,
2:00 p.m. Saturday
Matinees
Blackbox Theatre

The Secret Garden
This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open thirty minutes prior to each performance.

 

Theatre Season 2017-18

September 9
Blackbox Theatre
24-Hour Theatre Event
September 27- 30
Barber Auditorium
The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Elissa Sartwell
October 20-21,
25-28
Blackbox Theatre
Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Dr. David S. Sollish
November 15-18
Barber Auditorium
Don Quixote
Created and Directed by Joseph Frost
February 23-24, 28
March 1-3

Blackbox Theatre
Little Women the Musical
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Book by Allan Knee
Directed by Dr. David S. Sollish
April 20-21,
25-28

Blackbox Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Joseph Frost

Theatre Season 2016-2017

August 27
Blackbox Theatre
24-Hour Theatre Event
September 28- 30.
October 4-6, 14-15, 1

Blackbox Theatre
Big Fish the Musical
October 19-22
Barber Auditorium
39 Steps
November 11-12, 16-19
Blackbox Theatre
The White Snake
February 17-18, 22-25
Blackbox Theatre
Mayfair Ma Chere
March 30-April 1
Barber Auditorium
Sketching the Soul
April 21-22, 26-29
Blackbox Theatre
The Music Man

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
Blackbox 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