Southern Theatre and the Show-Me Celebration Company will present “The Bear Prince” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

Ross Bruns (left) and John Early rehearse a scene for the upcoming production of “The Bear Prince."

Ross Bruns (left) and John Early rehearse a scene for the upcoming production of “The Bear Prince.”

Based on a Mexican folk tale, Daniel Williams’ play is the story of a young girl named Ninfa who marries a bear to save her poor father. The bear has a secret and warns her not to reveal it. But this proves to be too much for Ninfa, who reveals the bear’s secret to her sisters. She must then embark on a journey to the homes of the Sun, the Moon and the Wind in order to right the wrong she has caused. In turn, they aid her in battling a treacherous witch to free the bear from his twisted fate.

“I like that it has Hispanic themes and motifs – it’s a neat sort of tune we haven’t played in a while,” said Dr. Jim Lile, who is directing the production. “It has marvelous, eccentric characters and some things to say about the nature of friendship and what it means.”

The cast includes: Ross Bruns, Ariel Horton, John Early, Jackie Webb, Mollie Sanders, Savannah Schwab, Cameron Lopez, Sean Botts, Kyle Jacobs, Amanda Jones, Miranda Nealy, Abby Railsback and Samantha Green.

Admission is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children 12 and under.

The Southern Theatre box office will be open Monday, April 21, through Friday, April 25. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For reservations, call the box office at 417-625-3190.

To purchase tickets online starting April 21, go to

For production information or requests for accommodations related to a disability, contact the Theatre Department at 417-625­9393.