Southern Arena Theatre Set To Kick Off 40th Season at Southern Miss

Southern Arena Theatre Set To Kick Off 40th Season at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi's Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) returns with three shows this summer. Because of enthusiastic community support and dedicated faculty and staff at the University, one of the Gulf South's most extraordinarily talented repertory theatre groups is ready for curtains and its 40th season.

For the occasion, SAT is paying tribute to its early repertory history by bringing two classics to the Southern Miss stage. Neil Simon's The Star-Spangled Girl opens June 9 at 7:30 p.m. Other show times are June 10, 11, 18, 23 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance is set for June 26 at 2 p.m. Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None opens on June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Other show times are set for June 17, 22, 25, 28 and July 1 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on June 19 at 2 p.m.

For the third event, SAT proudly presents Improv Comedy Club on June 21, 24 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. All events will be held in Hartwig Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Seating is reserved for all performances. A season ticket for all three events is only $25. Individual ticket prices are $16 per performance; individual ticket prices for faculty, staff, students, seniors and military are $13 per performance. Contact the Southern Miss ticket office by calling 800.844.8425 or by visiting
The New York Times called The Star-Spangled Girl "exuberant." In this beloved Neil Simon classic directed by Sean Boyd, love and politics blend delightfully in this bubbly play, set forth with the masterly skill and inventiveness that are the hallmarks of Neil Simon. Andy and Norman are two earnest young men using their San Francisco apartment as a publishing office for a radical 'protest' magazine. Sophie, an Olympic swimmer and deeply patriotic Southerner, moves into an apartment on the same floor and charms them both—turning their competing attentions from protest to passion.

"A murder mystery to die for" is how Variety described Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Directed by Monica Hayes, 10 guilty strangers are lured to an island where they are trapped in an impressive but deadly mansion. One by one they are accused of murder, and one by one they start to die. Somewhere in the house is a diabolical avenger, but who? And will the hapless survivors find out before they are all killed? In this superlative Agatha Christie murder mystery comedy, the excitement never ends.

SAT returns to its repertory roots by adding a third performance event. SAT's Improv Comedy Club promises an evening of theatre improv, sketch comedy and comic relief. Trained by resident company Skip the Script, the performers will delight audiences with only a few loose scenarios and prompts.

SAT is funded in part by Partners for the Arts and the College of Arts and Letters at Southern Miss. For more information about Southern Miss Theatre, visit