October 15 – 18

Hello, and Welcome to the Performance.

This is the first time I’ve written a message to you knowing that you’ll be attending the dance performance or theatrical production virtually. You might be in your living room. You might not be in Mississippi. I will miss seeing you in a live audience, so I remind myself that this is all temporary. So until we return to live performances, let us take advantage of this moment. You will see new approaches to presenting live theatre tonight. You will see new venues for dance performances. You will see students who took risks, trusted their training, and recalibrated their artistic compasses.

I heard recently that while it’s easy to approach this moment in the performing arts as a low and insurmountable one, that is not the whole story. We are living a historical moment in the performing arts. We are making theatre and dance in a profound context. We have been asked to reinvent what we do, to connect to what we love in new ways, and dare I say, to take stock of who we are as individual artists. This is our moment. I cannot say this moment has seemed like a gift every step of the way. In fact, it’s often felt like an impossible problem that faculty, staffs and students were required to solve—and to do it with the deadline of an opening night. And this brings us to tonight.

I hope you enjoy the performance. It is nothing short of extraordinary. I’ve learned so much about my colleagues since last spring. I’ve learned the unfathomable degree to which they will reinvent their processes in new mediums and through new methods. I learned the astronomical amount of work they were willing to put in over the summer to be ready for students. I learned more than I ever thought I would know about new technology. And all of it was done for one reason: for our students. And our students do all of this for you: our audiences.

I imagine the excitement of a premiere transcends a virtual platform. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing what has happened not in our studios and rehearsal hall, but in apartments and outdoors. I am thrilled to know I will see dancers dancing and actors acting. And when we get to the other side of this, I will be curious to see what remains—what becomes permanent—even though all of this is temporary.

Stacy Reischman Fletcher

Director, School of Performing and Visual Arts

Date //

October 15 – 7:30 p.m.
October 16 – 7:30 p.m.
October 17 – 7:30 p.m.
October 18 – 2:00 p.m.

Broadcast Live!

Tickets //

$5 General Admission

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Masters of Ceremony

Camille Colley

Rakaela Thompson



We’re Still Here: FIGHT CLUB!


Fight Club

Written by:

Liam McCarty and Laney Birchfield


Liam McCarty


Taylor Alleman
Liam McCarty
Gracyn Taylor
Detalion Dixon
Bailey Broome
Carrie Sullivan
Cody Elsensohn
Laney Birchfield
Katie Borum
Marley Monahan

Filmed and Edited by:

Marley Monahan



Skip the Script


Cayson Miles


Gillian Williford
Carrie Sullivan
Ryan Tinnon
Destinie Jones
Everett Brown
Camila Salas
Cayson Miles
Sidni-Paige Haggerty



The Waves

Written by:

Cayson Miles*


Caitlyn Herzlinger


Bryan Peyton as Stage Directions

Cody Elsensohn as Michael

Camera Operator:

Caitlyn Herzlinger

Sound designed and edited by:

Bryan Peyton and Cody Elsensohn


Matthew Snellgrove and Madison Queen

*John Cauble Award Winner for short play, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival – Region four



All of Us



Written by:

Members of the Group


Rakaela Thompson

Assistant Directors:

Scenarious Thurmond

Makallen Kelley


Taylor Prince
Ashley Blackburn
Brietta Goodman
Destinie Jones
Essence Washington
Detalion Dixon
Scenarious Thurmond
Kiah Johnson
Xavier Croon-Cooley
Rakaela Thompson

Edited by:

Makallen Kelley



Not Going Anywhere



Written by:

Members of the Group


Cayson Miles


Julia Smith
Hagan Harkins
Ebby Johnson
Cayson Miles
Chris Dlugach
Renee LaCourse
Taylor Stringfellow
Zen Zook





Alpha Psi Omega

Written by:

Camille Colley

Directed by:

Taylor Alleman


Raegan Cantrelle
Taylor Alleman
Devin Stevenson
Hagan Harkins
Camille Colley
Gracyn Taylor

Edited by:

Devin Stevenson and Hagan Harkins




Creative Team //

Show Coordinator

Caitlyn Herzlinger

Costume Design

Madison Queen
Matt Snellgrove

Production Stage Managers

Jailan Patterson
Emmanuel Johnson




Production Credits //

Production Manager

Craig Dettman

Voice and Dialect Coach

Robin Aronson


David Coley

Technical Director

Jay Morris

Costume Shop Supervisor

Kelly James-Penot

Scene Shop Supervisor

Wes Hanson

Mental Health Outreach Coordinator

J. Theresa Bush




Production Staff and Preparation Crews //

Assistant Producer

Travis Ascione

Assistant Voice and Dialect Coach

Bryan Peyton

Vocal Captain

Julia Smith


Alexander Billmayer
Shakiah Johnson

Special Thanks to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Mississippi Pine Belt Affiliate.
For more information on this organization, go to https://namims.org/affiliates/nami-pine-belt





Faculty and Staff //


Robin Aronson – Professor of Voice and Acting

Theresa Bush– Assistant Professor of Costume Design

David Coley- Assistant Professor of Theatre, Producer

Craig Dettman– Associate Professor of Lighting and Sound Design, Production Manager

Wes Hanson– Scene Shop Supervisor

Monica Hayes– Professor of Acting, Head of Performance

Caitlyn Herzlinger– Assistant Professor of Movement and Acting

Leketha Hughes– Administrative Specialist

Kelly James-Penot– Costume Shop Supervisor; Adjunct Faculty, Costumes

Stephen Judd– Professor of Scenic Design, Head of Design and Technology

Jay Morris– Assistant Professor and Technical Director

Louis Rackoff– Professor of Directing, Head of Directing

Sandra Whittington– Administrative Specialist

School of Performing and Visual Arts

Stacy Reischman Fletcher- Director




Resources //

For reporting body or sexual misconduct please contact the Title IX Office at the University of Southern Mississippi:

  • Title IX Coordinator: (601)266-6804 OR rebecca.malley@usm.edu
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator: (601)266-4671 OR cristin.reynolds@usm.edu
  • Title IX Office: (601)26606805 OR titleix@usm.edu
  • Website: https://www.usm.edu/title-ix/about.php

For LGBTQ Resources at the University of Southern Mississippi please contact Division of Student Affairs: Office of Multicultural Programs and Services that houses Southern Miss ALLIES Training for LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC community advocacy:

  • (601)266-5020 OR StudentAffairs@usm.edu
  • Facebook: USM Office of Multicultural Programs and Services
  • Twitter: Multicultural P&S (@usmMPS)
  • Instagram: usmmps
  • Website: https://www.usm.edu/student-affairs/office-multicultural-programs-and-services.php

For students who are exhibiting noticeable difficulty coping please contact

For the National Suicide Prevention Hotline:

For Counseling Service at the University of Southern Mississippi:

NAMI Pinebelt:

Website: https://namims.org/affiliates/nami-pine-belt/

More Information //





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