The Lyceum Theatre’s 2018 Season opens on June 6.

Arrow Rock, MO – Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s high-flying spectacular Mary Poppins. The musical, playing from June 6–June 17, will be directed by Len Pfluger (Beauty and the Beast, 2017), choreographed by Josh Assor, and musically directed by James Woodland.

Lyceum favorite, MALLORY HAWKS, returns to Arrow Rock to play Mary Poppins. Mallory has played Mary in the original cast of Disney Cruise Line’s Disney’s Believe. Her Lyceum appearances include Jo in Little Women, Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis and Essie in You Can’t Take It With You, among others. Off-Broadway and New York credits include Seussical (Lortel), String (New Dramatists, Playwrights Horizons) and Sam’s Room (NAMT, NYTheatre Barn/The Cell). She can be seen in several commercials, most recently Bud Light’s “Dilly Dilly” Pit of Misery spot. Playing Bert, BRIAN OGILVIE will revisit the show that gave him his Broadway debut. He danced over the rooftops and understudied both Bert and Robertson Ay for two years.  Also on Broadway: Something Rotten, and Gigi. Other credits include Spike in Vanya and Sonia… (Riverside Theatre), the title character in Tarzan (Arvada Center), and Buzz in South Pacific (Papermill). Brian also appeared on TV in HBO’s True Blood and Syfy’s Happy!

Making his Lyceum debut playing Mr. Banks, BENJAMIN HOWES has performed in Mary Poppins in both the Broadway company and on the first National Tour. His other Broadway credits are Scandalous and [title of show]. He has performed Off Broadway, most recently in The View Upstairs and National Tours include Shrek and the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Regional credits include A.R.T., The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Pittsburgh Public and Asolo Rep, among many others.  Film: “Miles”, “Easter Mysteries”, “Stalled” Television credits: recurring role on HBO’s “The Deuce”, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Flight of the Conchords”, “One Life To Live”. Returning to the Lyceum after having played Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Anna in The King and I, CRYSTAL KELLOGG, plays Mrs. Banks. Broadway credits include School of Rock, Finding Neverland. National Tours include Finding Neverland, Kinky Boots, and The Pajama Game. Additional credits include: Audrey – Little Shop of Horrors (Gateway Playhouse), Grease (Tuacahn), The Sound of Music  (Surflight), Because of Winn Dixie (Arkansas Rep), The Full Monty (Riverside). TV: “Person of Interest” (CBS), “The Looming Tower” (Hulu).

DON RICHARD plays the dual roles of Admiral Boom and the Bank Chairman. Don’s many memorable Lyceum roles include Thernardier in Les Miserables (2015), Fagin in Oliver (2016), and Maurice in Beauty and the Beast (2017). Broadway credits include the original casts of Jane Eyre, Urinetown, and the 2014 Side Show revival.  National Tours include Sunset Boulevard (with Petula Clark) and Wicked. APRIL WOODALL returns to the Lyceum to play Ms. Andrews and Mrs. Brill. At the Lyceum, April has been seen in Into the Woods, Big, Little Women, Tom Sawyer, The Sound of Music, Arsenic and Old Lace, Damn Yankees, and A Christmas Carol for the past two seasons.  Other regional credits include: Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre, American Theatre Group, Mill Mountain Theater, Little Theatre on the Square, Gateway Playhouse, and Bristol Riverside Theatre. MICHAEL DEWAR is back at the Lyceum after appearing in A Christmas Carol for the past three holiday seasons to play Robertson Ay. Regional credits include Ozark Actors Theatre, Variety Children’s Theatre, Bristol Valley Theatre, Lost Nation Theatre, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.


Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer Ryan J. Zirngibl. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer Garth Dunbar returns after 11 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical. Resident Lighting Designer Randy B. Winder has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. Tony Dearing returns for his 26th year as Production Stage Manager and Ivan Dario Cano returns for his third year as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for Mary Poppins are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are June 6 – June 17, 2018, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets:, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 57 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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Commerce Trust Company and TIG Advisors team up to help improve stage rigging at The Lyceum!


Commerce Trust Company and TIG Advisors team up to help improve stage rigging at The Lyceum!

Arrow Rock, MO – Though many audience members may be unaware of its existence, a critical component of The Lyceum’s productions is the stage rigging system.  It has two basic functions: to support the stage-lighting system and the stage scenery.

Also know as a fly system, it is a system of rope lines, pulleys, counterweights and related devices within the theatre that enables a stage crew to hoist quickly, quietly and safely components such as curtains, lights, scenery, special effects and sometimes people.  “Our audience sees the magic happen on stage, but they don’t necessarily know how it works.  Stage rigging is a key element to every production,” says Steve Bertani, Managing Director.

The safety and effectiveness of our equipment used onstage is something the theatre takes seriously.  “We may have nearly 100 lighting instruments weighing up to 35 pounds each, clamped to pipe batons in our rigging system.  In addition, stage curtains, painted backdrops and heavier framed scenic pieces are examples of the kinds of scenery raised and lowered by the rigging system.  There are both stationary and moving components that hang above the actors during a performance,” explains Quin Gresham, Producing Artistic Director.

Recently, The Lyceum called in Associated Theatrical Contractors from Springfield, MO to do its annual rigging inspection required by OSHA.  In their report, several items were recommended to be repaired or replaced, a project that is costing the theatre $10,000 to complete over a two year period.  Priority items are to be completed before the opening of the 2018 Season.

“It is our responsibility to maintain our system and make the necessary upgrades to ensure the safety of our employees,” Bertani says.

These types of projects can put a strain on the theatre’s annual operating budget so outside support is vital from companies like Commerce Trust Company and TIG Advisors to help achieve these projects.  Both companies supported a back-up generator project several years ago that now runs the entire theatre during power outages.

Bertani immediately contacted both companies to discuss the stage rigging improvement project.

“Commerce is a big supporter of the Lyceum Theatre and their mission to bring theatre to our region. We believe the arts are a key component to building a strong community, and we are proud to partner with The Lyceum in this effort,” says Steve Sowers, President, Commerce Bank Central and Eastern Missouri Region.

Representatives from both companies toured the theatre’s stage and backstage areas, allowing them to see first hand the rigging system and the improvements that needed to be made.

The TIG Advisors team (formerly The Insurance Group before re-branding), state they are most pleased to help The Lyceum with their stage rigging improvements.  “We enjoy and appreciate the productions and talent offered by this outstanding theatre,” comments Skip Grossnickle, TIG Advisors Partner.

“The Lyceum is a long-standing community asset, and we appreciate the work they’ve done to champion the arts locally,” shared Lyle Johnson, Market Executive, Commerce Trust Company, Central Missouri Region.

“These two businesses understand our practical needs and we are grateful for their generous support on these types of projects,” says Bertani.

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BABY BOOMER COMEDY SHOW returns to The Lyceum!


returns to The Lyceum!

Arrow Rock, MO – After playing to a sold-out Lyceum Theatre in 2016, the Baby Boomer Comedy Show returns to Arrow Rock on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.

Experience a night of comedy you can relate to at the Baby Boomer Comedy Show! In this hilarious 90-minute theater event, fellow baby boomers and veteran comedians Jan McInnis and Kent Rader hit all the familiar topics you’re dealing with… family, kids, work, do-it-yourself projects, dieting, aging and more. They do it with clean humor that’s been a hit at thousands of theatre’s and conventions.

For comedienne and professional speaker Jan McInnis, life is full of “finding the funny.” She, and the audiences who continually rate her programs “hilarious”, wouldn’t have it any other way. Inspired by fifteen years as a marketing director in the 9 to 5 world, Jan has cornered the association and corporate convention market. And over the past 20+ years on the full-time speaking circuit, she has spoken at hundreds of conferences, training sessions, employee retreats and banquets held by such groups as Anthem Blue-Cross, Merrill Lynch, John Deere, the Federal Reserve, Women in Insurance & Financial Services and the Mayo Clinic. Jan was featured in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post as one of the top convention comedians whose material is CLEAN (as in not offensive).  Born in D.C., Jan was in charge of the “Joke of the Day” for her junior high school lunch table. Not surprisingly, she majored in communications at Virginia Tech, where she was a disk jockey for the local radio station.

Known as the “World’s Cleanest Comedian and Speaker,” Kent Rader helps people and associations learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress and building quality organizations. Kent graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a B.S. in Accounting. He spent five years in public accounting and twelve years as C.F.O. and C.E.O. of hospitals before becoming a professional speaker in 1997. Kent has authored the stress reduction book titled Let It Go, Just Let It Go released in April 2002 and is featured in 450 Country Inn and Suites Hotel’s Read It and Return program. Kent has been heard on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Sirius Satellite radio. Kent also performs clean stand up comedy in comedy clubs from New York City to Seattle and is the winner of the 2007 Branson Comedy Festival.

“This is clean comedy at its best. Jan McInnis and Kent Rader give you a show that hits home run after home run”, says Steve Bertani, Managing Director.  “We are excited for their return”.

For tickets call 660-837-3311, ext. 1 or visit  Tickets are only $25.

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