Southern Theatre will present “The Threepenny Opera” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, through Saturday, March 5, in the Bud Walton Theatre on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

threepenneypamphletJohn Gay’s 18th-century “The Beggar’s Opera” was adapted into English by Marc Blitzstein with music by Kurt Weill, fashioning a savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality. Set in Victorian London, the bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of Soho’s underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief’s daughter, he is again betrayed- this time by a prostitute-and sentenced to death. At the final hour he manages a reprieve from Queen Victoria herself, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony.

The Southern Theatre production is co-directed by Ann and Jim Lile.

Admission is $4 for MSSU students and $5 for faculty and staff; $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens; and $6 for non-MSSU students. This production is for mature audiences only, due to explicit language and adult situations.

Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For reservations, call 417-625-3190 or purchase tickets online at

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


The cast for “The Threepenny Opera” includes:



Jamie Strong– sophomore theatre-education major

Jonathan Krolis– freshman pre-medicine major



Joshua Lee W. Pruss – freshman theatre major
Todd Manley – guest artist


Jolene Jenkins – junior theatre major


Liz Phillips – junior accounting major


Kyle Jacobs – senior theatre major


Tonya Richardson – sophomore theatre major

Tanner Munson – freshman music education major

Mollie Sanders – senior theatre major

Erica Zeyn – sophomore theatre major
Kelsey Hale – senior theatre major

Michelle Potts – freshman theatre education major

Macy Swink – freshman theatre major


Forrest Bunter – vocal music performance major

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Kendric Carlock – sophomore theatre major


Inge Logtenberg – junior theatre major



Kristen Youts – senior theatre major