• Each year Lee University Theatre produces four plays in its two theatre spaces, the Dixon Auditorium (seats 500) and the Buzz Oates Theater (seats 150-180). Lee Theatre performances are open to Lee students, the Lee family, and the greater Cleveland, TN community. Tickets go on sale for each show a few weeks before opening night, and the Lee Theatre Box Office resides in the Communication Arts Building. You can call 423-614-8360 or email theatre@leeuniversity.edu for more information. Purchase tickets for each production at https://www.showclix.com/ within two weeks of opening night.

    Talley’s Folley
    By Lanford Wilson
    SEPT 28, 29, OCT 4, 5, 6 – 7:30 PM

    Directed by Student Director: Anna Marie Brendel
    Buzz Oates Black Box Theater
    SEPT 28, 29, OCT 4, 5, 6 – 7:30 PM

    The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest, and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally's rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together until, in the final, touching moments of the play, it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other—two "lame ducks" who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships.

    Best for ages 12+. No babes in arms please.

    The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
    By C.S. Lewis – Adapted by Joseph Robinette
    NOV 2, 3, 8, 9, 10

    Directed by Associate Professor, Dan Buck, MFA
    Buzz Oates Black Box Theater
    NOV 2 at 7:30, NOV 3 at 2:30, NOV 3 at 7:30, NOV 8 at 7:30, NOV 9 at 7:30,
    NOV 10 at 7:30
    This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan's resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life
    All ages welcome!

    This Random World
    FEB 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 – 7:30

    Directed by Associate Professor, Dan Buck, MFA
    Buzz Oates Black Box Theater
    FEB 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 – 7:30
    We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own. Featuring original music by Lee’s own professor of composition, John Wykoff, PhD.
    Best for audiences aged 14+

    Meet Me in St. Louis
    Songs by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
    Book by Hugh Wheeler
    April 5,6, 11, 12, 13 - 7:30 PM, April 7 at 2:30 PM

    Based on the heartwarming MGM film, Meet Me in St. Louis is a rare treasure in the musical theatre; a wholesome and delightful portrait of a turn-of-the-century American family. It is the summer of 1903, and the Smith family eagerly anticipates the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. Over the course of a year, the family’s mutual respect, tempered with good-natured humor, helps them through romance, opportunity, and heartbreaks. Memorable musical numbers include “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Whenever I’m with You.”
    No babes in arms, please