Current Season

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McLennan Theatre is known for its impressive performances — and the affordable cost of attending is just as remarkable. Check our current season to see what we have in store for you.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
by John Bishop

Sept. 28-30
7:30 p.m.
Ball Performing Arts Center

The year is, well...uh…1940. The opulent Westchester mansion of wealthy socialite Elsa Von Grossenknueten sets our scene. What purpose would bring an Irish tenor, a bombastic director, an up-and-coming dancer, a bickering, songwriting duo, a bougie producer, a floundering comedian, an undercover cop, and, of course, the maid to gather at this country estate rife with long corridors and secret passages on a chilling winter’s day? You guessed it – murder! I mean…a musical comedy backer’s audition! Our unsuspecting guests, all connected with the notorious Manhattan Holiday that closed after three chorus girls were murdered by the still-at-large Stage Door Slasher, have no idea that an evening of mistaken identity, mortal peril, and topsy-turvy hilarity lurks behind the cupboard door.


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Adapted and Designed by Joseph Taylor

Nov. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.

Ball Performing Arts Center

Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday classic returns to the Ball Performing Arts Center in a spirited, innovative adaptation. Journey back to Victorian London where a wealthy, miserable miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who bemoans Christmas festivities, has his world turned upside down one fateful Christmas Eve. Challenged by the ghost of his dead business associate, Jacob Marley, Scrooge faces his past, present, and future failures while searching for the true meaning of Christmas with the help of three mysterious spirits. Join us for a festive, family evening featuring live music, enchanting dance, and sublime Dickensian prose.


Into the Woods
Book by James Lapine
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Feb. 22-24
7:30 p.m.
Ball Performing Arts Center

Special Performance
Feb. 22
MCC Foundation Hearts in the Arts Theatre Gala
Call 299-8604 for more information.

Charming international audiences for over 36 years, Sondheim’s magical fairy-tale mash-up intertwines the travels and travails of the enchanted characters Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (of the Beanstalk fame). These story book icons, along with a childless baker and his wife, must navigate dashing princes, a vengeful giant, a ravenous wolf, a beguiling witch while pursuing their fondest wishes and a rascally cow through the foreboding, happening woods. Winner of five Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards, Sondheim’s spellbinding score continues to delight, bewitch, and transfigure audiences, both young and old. 


The Princess & The Pea
Comic Opera Pastiche based on the classic tale
by Hans Christian Andersen
Written by Michael Jacobsen & Danielle Sinclair
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan

March 29-30
7:30 p.m.
Ball Performing Arts Center

 

With the announcement of a royal search, all of the villagers bring their young maidens to court for a “princess test.” After questioning the princess prospects only one young lady qualifies for the ultimate royal sensitivity test. Princess Pansy must sleep on a bed of twenty soft mattresses, which will conceal a tiny pea. If the pea disturbs her sleep, she will be declared nobility. Four of Pansy’s friends attempt to aid in her success. Accusations abound but Pansy reveals the official royal gold medallion securing her rightful place as a royal princess.

The Princess and the Pea is a charming comic story about love, devotion, and the search for a royal daughter.
The tuneful score is adapted from the works of Gilbert & Sullivan (Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore,
The Mikado, Iolanthe, Ruddigore, and more). This performance is sure to delight audiences of all ages.


The Wolves
by Sarah Delappe

April 25-27 | 7:30 p.m.
April 28 | 2 p.m.
Music & Theatre Arts building

A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, The Wolves, crafted by burgeoning playwright Sarah Delappe, reveals unfettered adolescence via the Saturday morning warm-ups of a high school girls’ indoor soccer team. In the sanctity of their team huddle, nine young women tackle teenage drama, hidden insecurities, and existential crises while preparing to vanquish their next unfortunate foe and achieve supremacy on the pitch.



  • Tickets and Box Office

    Tickets for McLennan Theatre productions cost between $10-$12, with discounts available for seniors, students and alumni. McLennan students and employees receive one free ticket for each production.

    To reserve your seats, send an email to boxoffice@mclennan.edu or leave a voice mail at (254) 299-8200, with your name and the number of tickets you would like to purchase. Once you send your email or voice mail, your reservation is confirmed.You may pick up your tickets one hour prior to the start of the show in the lobby of the Ball Performing Arts Center.

    Season Tickets

  • All levels except the Season Pass level include membership in the Hearts in the Arts committee of the McLennan Community College Foundation. Hearts in the Arts provides financial support to the Art, Music, Theatre and Commercial Music departments. Members receive priority notification about all visual and performing art events on the McLennan campus.

    Season tickets are available through the McLennan Box Office at 254-299-8200 or boxoffice@mclennan.edu. To become a Hearts in the Arts member and receive the additional benefits below, please contact the McLennan Community College Foundation at 254-299-8677.

    • Season Tickets
      • Adults $50
      • Highlander Alumni Association members $40
      • Seniors (65 and older)$40
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    • Friend of the Arts $100
    • Hearts in the Arts Sustainer$250
      • 1 Hearts in the Arts membership & summer dinner invitation
      • 1 Season ticket for all Visual & Performing Arts events, PLUS 1 Gala ticket
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    • Hearts in the Arts Patron$500
      • 2 Hearts in the Arts memberships and summer dinner invitations
      • 2 Season tickets for all Visual & Performing Arts events, PLUS 2 Gala tickets
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    • Hearts in the Arts Choreographer$1,250
      • 2 Hearts in the Arts memberships and summer dinner invitations
      • 2 Season tickets for all Visual & Performing Arts events, PLUS 1 Gala table for 8
      • Recognition as Hearts in the Arts Gala Choreographer Sponsor with event signage and program recognition!
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    • Hearts in the Arts Executive Director$2,500
      • 2 Hearts in the Arts memberships and summer dinner invitations
      • 4 Season tickets for all Visual & Performing Arts events, PLUS 2 Gala tables for 8 each
      • Recognition as Hearts in the Arts Gala Executive Director Sponsor with event signage, media, and program recognition!
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    • Hearts in the Arts Executive Producer$5,000
      • 2 Hearts in the Arts memberships and summer dinner invitations
      • 6 Season tickets for all Visual & Performing Arts events, PLUS 3 Gala tables for 8 each
      • Recognition as Hearts in the Arts Gala Executive Producer Sponsor with event signage, media, program, and Lake Shore Drive marquee recognition!