Auburn University Theatre presenting 'The Last Night of Ballyhoo'

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Auburn University’s Department of Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts is kicking off its 105th season on Sept. 20 with “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” on Telfair Peet’s Main Stage. This play will be the first production to take place on the brand-new stage floor, which was renovated this past summer. The performances will continue through Sept. 28.

From the author of “Driving Miss Daisy,” comes a play that tells the often-humorous story of a family, community and a world on the cusp of great change. It’s December 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia. Hitler has recently invaded Poland. “Gone with the Wind” is about to open at the Loew’s Theatre. The entire Freitag family eagerly awaits the annual Ballyhoo, a lavish cotillion ball held at the local, exclusive country club.

Alfred Uhry’s 1996 play was originally commissioned as part of the Olympic Arts Festival for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In 1997, it was produced on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre by Jane Harmon, Nina Keneally and Liz Oliver, and received the Tony award for Best Play.

The artistic team for “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” includes direction by Dan LaRocque, costume design by Grier Coleman, guest scenic design by Dan Gray and guest lighting design by Fereshteh Rostampour. The cast includes Falan Buie-Madden, Cameron Carmello, Bobby Coe, Noel Dudley, Hudson Hubbard, Lauren Vedder and Jackson Whiting.

This performance runs approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with one 10-minute intermission.

Talkback Thursdays

To engage in discussion around the performance or learn more about the production, make plans to attend “Talkback Thursdays” after the show for a conversation with the director and company members.

Buy Tickets

The Department of Theatre continues to take advantage of its new ticketing system. Features include the ability to choose seats online (for mainstage productions) and a season subscription package, along with a larger range of purchasing options. For more information, go to Department of Theatre’s Ticketing Page.

Box Office Hours

Box office: 334-844-4154

  • Tuesday-Friday: 1–5 p.m.
  • On weekday performances: 1–8 p.m.
  • On Saturday evening performances: 6–8 p.m.
  • On Sunday matinees: 1–3 p.m.


  • Thursday Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Sept. 23 Matinee at 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday Sept. 27* at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

*Talkback Thursday

Ticket Prices

  • General: $16
  • Senior Citizen: $12
  • Faculty and Staff: $12
  • AU student with ID: Free
  • Non-Auburn University Student: $12

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The College of Liberal Arts is the intellectual heart of the university and one of the largest colleges on Auburn's campus. The College continues its long tradition of quality education, instruction, and outreach in a number of outstanding departments. The College of Liberal Arts is composed of the School of Communication and Journalism, the University College, and twelve departments which are divided into four academic areas: fine arts, humanities, communications, and social sciences. Our graduates hold a strong record of industry employment and/or acceptance into graduate schools and training programs, both here and abroad.