pagliacci-photo-accents2Southern Theatre, Heartland Opera Theatre, and the Institute of International Studies join to present Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s opera of jealousy and revenge, Pagliacci.

The opera will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

In the opera, a troupe of itinerant players comes to town, but the anticipated pleasure of their performance turns to horror as their onstage and offstage lives collide with terrible consequences.

The production is directed by Jim Lile, Chairman of the Theatre Department and conducted by Heartland Opera Theatre’s Artistic Director, Nicholas Gilmore.

The cast includes Brian Cheney (tenor) as Canio, Ashley Yvonne Wheat (soprano) as Nedda, Zeffin Quinn Hollis (baritone) as Tonio, Patrick Howle (tenor) as Silvio, and a chorus of talented local singers.

Pagliacci will be sung in Italian with English titles.

Admission is free.

For theatre production information, contact MSSU Theatre Department at (417) 625-¬9393.

For accommodations related to a disability, contact Terri Spencer at (417) 625-9393 at least 72 hours before the performance.


ashley yvonne wheat zeffin quinn hollis cheney patrick howle

Cast Members:  (left to right): Ashley Yvonne Wheat, Zeffin Quinn Hollis, Brian Cheney and Patrick Howle


pagliacci supporting cast


Local Singers:
L to R (front row) Forrest Bunter Brooke Henry Sydney Shannon Jessie Pendergraft Devri Brock Elaina Bottles

L to R (back row) Gordon Blodgett Chris Tanksley