Joplin, MO (SNS) – The story of the original “He who must not be named” will take center stage when Southern Theatre and the Show-Me Celebration Company present “Straw Into Gold: The Classic Tale of Rumpelstiltskin” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, in Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.

Blackmail, treachery and romance are spun into this classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin, the evil troll who can spin straw into gold.

The cast includes Lara Hicks-Burrow as the queen; Jamie Strong as the chamberlain; Mollie Sanders as the minister; Cameron Lopez as the prince; Valerie Stockton as Melinda; and Kyle Jacobs as Rumpelstiltskin.

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

The Southern Theatre box office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For reservations, call 417-625-3190 or purchase tickets online at

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



Jamie Strong — freshman theatre/speech education major


Cameron Lopez — sophomore theatre major

Valerie Stockton — sophomore theatre major



Lara Hicks-Burrow — guest artist


Mollie Sanders— senior theatre major

Kyle Jacobs — senior theatre major