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Northwest Missouri State University

Discover the Arts

Welcome to a wonderful world of magical performances, culturally rich experiences, and some of the best shows available in the Midwest! Our goal, through the Encore Series, is to provide an unparalleled experience where the very best performing artists create and share knowledge through the arts in order to serve the students, Maryville residents, alumni and visitors to the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.

If you have never attended an Encore event, we invite you to experience one for the first time on our campus. If you have attended a past performance, thank you for your participation in a long-standing, Northwest tradition of supporting the arts. We appreciate you being a part of this vibrant community!

Sing-A-Long Grease

Thursday, Sept. 12, co-sponsored by the Student Activities Council

Tickets: Patron donors – Aug. 19 | General public – Aug. 26

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars and remember GREASE is the word...

The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free goody bag during the film and suggest some appropriate heckles and accompanying actions. You’ll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Then just sit back and watch Danny & Sandy and the gang, while singing along (and dancing along) to the lyrics as shown on the screen. It couldn’t be easier... or more fun! Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential.

Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre 

Thursday, Nov. 14

Tickets: Patron donors – Oct. 14 | General public – Oct. 21

The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre was founded at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship pow-wow dancers, singers, and storytellers. The company performs Cokata Upo! Come to the Center, a three-part, evening-length work that celebrates the culture of the Lakota people. Set against a backdrop of spectacular video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred, and courting songs, narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the performance.

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Rock of Ages

Sunday, Feb. 16

Tickets: Patron donors – Jan. 6 | General public – Jan. 13

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80’s. It’s five-time 2009 Tony® nominee ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more of the greatest 80’s hits. The worldwide party musical ROCK OF AGES features a mix of 28 rockin’ 80’s tunes including "Don’t Stop Believin’," "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead Or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Can’t Fight This Feeling" and "I Want To Know What Love Is."

New Jazz Order

Friday, March 7, in conjunction with the NW Jazz Festival

Tickets: Patron donors – Feb. 3 | General public – Feb. 10

New Jazz Order was formed in the fall of 2007 to showcase the wonderful playing and writing of the younger musicians on the Kansas City jazz scene, while also staying true to the spirit and energy of historic bands directly out of that city’s tradition. Since then, those young musicians have become the backbone of one of the hottest jazz scenes in the world, with current write-ups in Downbeat and other publications. Made up of a veritable who’s who of the jazz scene in Kansas City, New Jazz Order is still swinging every week and only getting stronger.

Hot Club of San Francisco Presents CINEMA VIVANT

Wednesday, Apr. 16

Tickets: Patron donors – Mar. 10  | General public – Mar. 17

Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930’s. Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing.

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Season Ticket Holder Special Events

SAC Fall Comedy Show
Wednesday, Oct. 23


Wednesday, Feb. 12







Ticket Sales Information

  1. Season Tickets go on sale Monday, August 12, 2013
  2. Single Show Tickets and Discounts go on sale the same day as general public tickets for each show.
  3. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Student Services Desk or by phone.
    1. The Student Services Desk is located on the 1st Floor of the Administration Building and is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. You may also call by phone at 660.562.1212

    If you wish to order tickets over the phone, you must have a valid credit card. Tickets purchased at the Student Service Desk can be purchased via cash or check.

Reserve Your Tickets Online!


Season Ticket Holders

Single Show Tickets

Seating Style Price Seating Style Price
Orchestra only
$125.00 Adult Orchestra $25.00
Adult Balcony $23.00
Student Orchestra (12 and under)
Student Balcony (12 and under) $13.00

Northwest Student

Northwest Faculty/Staff Discount
one discount ticket per show

Seating Style Price Seating Style Price
Orchestra (only) $23.00

Group Discount (groups of 10 or more)

Seating Style Price
Orchestra $23.00
  • Season ticket holders receive benefits that include a private reception before each show, VIP seating at select University events and meet-and-greets with select performers.
  • Additionally, for as little as a $25 donation, individuals will be classified as patron donors and become a member of “Friends of Encore.” Patron donors receive benefits that include the ability to purchase tickets before they are available to the general public.

Guidelines for Discounts

  • Discount tickets must be purchased 24 hours prior to the event.
  • Group Discount
    • Group discounts may be purchased in person at the Student Services Desk or by calling 660.562.1212.
  • If you wish to purchase tickets with the group discount, you must fill out a Group Discount Form form and submit it to the Student Services Desk when picking up your tickets. You may download that formhere.

Season Ticket Holder Benefits

  1. The Best Seats 
    You will have the first choice of the best seats available, guaranteed. 

  2. Guaranteed Renewal Privileges 
    Only season ticket buyers can renew their exact same seats year after year. 

  3. Advance Notice for Special Events 
    You will know about the big shows first and always have the opportunity to buy tickets in advance of the general public for any Encore Series presented show. 

  4. Savings 
    Season Ticket Packages are discounted, offering a $25 savings over single show prices. 

  5. No Waiting in Lines 
    Avoid standing in line at the Box Office. With your season tickets in hand, you are ready for the show when you arrive at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. 

  6. Season Ticket Holders Reception 
    All season ticket holders are invited to attend an Encore Reception for hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages prior to the start of each performance. 

  7. Autographed Post Of One Performance Of Your Choice Upon Request 
    Prior to the beginning of the season, Season Ticket Holders can request an autographed poster of the performance of their choice. Posters are subject to availability and at the discretion of the artist. 

  8. Opportunity To Attend Special Meet And Greet Engagements With Artists Before Or After Performances

    Season Ticket Holders will have the opportunity to attend Season Ticket Holder's Meet and Greets with an artist before or after the performance. This opportunity is subject to the approval of the artist and must be made at least one week prior to the performance.

Seating Charts

Click on the thumbnail images below for an enlarged view of specific sections of Mary Linn Auditorium.


Orchestra section


Balcony section