A few more legs will be broken this summer at Missouri Western State University.

The Western Institute, the university’s outreach branch, has created a new summer professional theater company called the Western Playhouse. The company will present three productions in June and July at the Potter Hall Theater on campus.

“It will give us a year-round theatrical experience,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, president of the university, at a press conference Thursday.

Dallas Henry and Tee Quillin, assistant professors of theatre and cinema, will serve as directors of the company and will direct and perform in all three productions.

“They’ll be small productions, but quality productions,” Mr. Henry said.

The company will give Western students the opportunity to work with professional actors, technicians and set designers from the region. Although much of the casting for the upcoming productions has been completed, professional auditions for remaining roles will be held in St. Joseph and Kansas City in the coming weeks.

Theatergoers, meanwhile, will enjoy a festive atmosphere at the summer productions. Picnic tables will be set out in front of Potter Hall, encouraging families to picnic before and after the performance, and ice cream sundaes will be served during the intermissions of the plays.

“We want people to have an experience,” Mr. Henry said.

Tickets are $9.50 for children for all performances. For adults, tickets are $15 for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and $18.50 for the other two productions. Adult season tickets are $45. For tickets or more information, visit www.westernplayhouse.com or call the university box office at 271-4452.

Shea Conner can be reached at shea.conner@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @stjoelivedotcom

Western Playhouse upcoming summer lineup

Peanuts favorite — “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” June 15 to 17, 22 to 24

Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park," July 5 to 8

A musical comedy — “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” July 19 to 22, 27 to 28

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