Kudzu Playhouse

Kudzu Playhouse
P.O. Box 47
888-429-7871

Mission:

To bring performing arts to the community by showcasing talented actors and actresses of all ages in an open and encouraging environment, while also nurturing and developing young future performers, regardless of gender, race or socio-economic background.

History:

In 1983, several actors and supporters of Community Theater officially formed the Northwest Mississippi Theatre Guild, which later became known as Kudzu Playhouse.  In the summer of 1986, the group was instrumental in staging “The Robber Bridegroom,” as part of Hernando’s sesquicentennial celebration. Many talented individuals in the county who had been introduced to theater during high school came together and performed to packed houses in the historic Hernando High School Auditorium.

Energized by the success of this production, the group decided to expand further.  The next production, “The Fantasticks”, was taken to a statewide competition and swept the awards, winning best production, best director, best actress, best set, and best supporting actress. In 1989, Kudzu again took a production to state competition and returned home with a car full of awards: best show, best director, and best supporting actor for their production of “On the Verge”, a short comedy. The show was then presented at the Southeastern Regional Theater Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, where it again was voted best show and advanced to the national competition in Omaha, Nebraska. The show came in fourth place and attracted enough attention to garner an invitation to perform at the Canadian National Theater Festival in Victoria, British Columbia.

In the spring of 1990, Kudzu was instrumental in bringing theater into Horn Lake and Hernando High Schools, which had no formal theater programs at the time. With a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, Kudzu helped produce the play “Making It” at Hernando High School, and the grant enabled them to stage joint productions until the spring of 2000 when both schools began individual theater programs.

Since its beginning, Kudzu Playhouse has taken pride in producing high-quality dramatic entertainment using local talent. Despite being “homeless” for most of its history, Kudzu has produced quality entertainment in school cafeterias, high school auditoriums, elementary school classrooms, churches, and restaurants.

Although it has struggled throughout its history and has been plagued by a lack of money and performance space, Kudzu Playhouse has a long and distinguished history. Like the vine that was chosen as its name, Kudzu is hard to kill. Given a little time and fertile soil, it will thrive and spread. Kudzu continues today to present quality, live Community Theater that entertains and delights its audiences.


Recent News

Auditions - Do Not Go Gentle at Kudzu Playhouse

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. If you’d like to read an excerpt from the script please click here. Please note that although sides may be taken from the excerpt, they will not exclusively be taken from it.To…

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Stars Fall 2019 Classes are Filling Quickly

Class 1: NEW! A Musical Revue for our youngest STARS!Directed by Susan ZeringueClass size limit: 20Ages 4-6: Beginner experience levelTuesday Classes from 4:30-6:00 PMNew Discovery Christian Church in Hernando961 Vinson Road, Hernando, MSClasses…

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Registration Opens for Kudzu STARS Fall 2019 Semester from July 1, 2019

Fall 2019 STARS Registration Opens July 1 at 3:00 PM!Our STARS classes keep growing! We have more great opportunities to learn and develop your theatrical skills in the coming semester with classes for every age, experience level, and interest!Each…

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Kudzu Playhouse - Budget-Friendly Summer Camp Options

A variety of fun-filled camps for all ages and budgets!  All camps and performances are held at the Hernando Performing Arts Center, 805 Dilworth Lane, Hernando, MS 38632 (on the Hernando High School campus). Sibling discounts available.…

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Kudzu Playhouse Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Kudzu Playhouse ScholarshipsTwo awards are available to graduating high school seniors, as well as current and rising college freshmen and sophomores with less than 50 semester hours at the time of application. The deadline for submission is April…

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Apply to be a Kidzu Summer Camp Counselor

Camps run June 10 to 28, 2019 Deadline to Apply: March 16, 2019Kudzu Playhouse welcomes and encourages young thespians to assist with our summer camp programs as volunteer counselors. Positions are limited and applicants will be considered based on…

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Kudzu Playhouse 2019 Summer Camps

A variety of fun-filled camps for all ages and budgets!  All camps and performances are held at the Hernando Performing Arts Center, 805 Dilworth Lane, Hernando, MS 38632 (on the Hernando High School campus).Broadway BabiesOne-week camp for…

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Kudzu Playhouse Auditions for 'Mamma Mia!'

Directed by Wesley WilliamsonMusic Direction by Justin WadkinsChoreography by Lori Payne Auditions:January 5, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.Callbacks (if needed, by invitation only): January 6 at 3:00 p.m. All auditions and callbacks will be held atNew…

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Registration Opens Jan. 1 for Kudzu STARS Spring 2019 Semester

Spring 2019 STARS RegistrationOpens January 1 at 3:00 PM!Our STARS classes keep growing!  We have more great opportunities to learn and develop your theatrical skills in the coming semester with classes for every age, experience level, and…

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Audition for 'Midsummer Night's Dream' with Kudzu Playhouse

AUDITIONS:December 8, 20189:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (see breakdown below)Friendship Church of Christ, 3250 Pleasant Hill Road, Olive Branch, MS9:00 a.m. General Auditions Begin - General Auditions are by sign up only and in 10-minute increments. You…

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Kudzu Playhouse Auditions for It's a Wonderful Life

Kudzu Playhouse's Proudly Announces Our First Holiday Dinner Theatre ProductionDirected by Emily F. ChateauAUDITIONS:September 8, 201810:00 a.m.Friendship Church of Christ3250 Pleasant Hill Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654 Please arrive 15 minutes…

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Registration Opens August 2 for Kudzu STARS Fall 2018 Semester

Fall 2018 STARS Registration Opens August 2 at 7:00 p.m.!Thanks to overwhelming demand, our STARS classes are growing! You now have FOUR great opportunities to learn and develop your theatrical skills this semester - from comedy, to musicals, to…

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Kudzu Playhouse Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Two awards are available to graduating high school seniors, as well as current and rising college freshmen and sophomores with less than 50 semester hours at the time of application.The deadline for submission is April 1, 2018.Jim Anderson Legacy…

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You Have The Right To Remain Dead - Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Tickets On Sale

Southern Hospitality Meets Murder MysteryYou’ve just settled down in a theatre to solve an audience-participation murder mystery. The narrator comes out and gives you a few “ins and outs” on what to look for in the play. The show…

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Registration Opens for Kudzu Stars Fall 2017 Semester

Classes: Thursdays, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Location: New Discovery Church, 961 Vinson Road, Hernando, MSFees: $50.00 per month with a $25.00 registration fee (required at time of registration)Classes begin: September 14, 2017Final performance:…

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Kudzu Playhouse is Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Scholarships

Two awards are available to graduating high school seniors, as well as current and rising college freshmen and sophomores with less than 50 semester hours at the time of application. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2017.While the primary…

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Kudzu STARS Announces Peter Pan Jr for Spring 2017 Semester

Spring 2017 STARS Program Now Accepting Registrations!Synopsis of Show:Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across…

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Kudzu Playhouse Announces 2017 Season

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Kudzu STARS Announces 'Aladdin Jr' for Fall 2016 Semester

When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin Jr., a musical…

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Kudzu Playhouse Auditions for 'Fiddler on the Roof'

This show is rated PG and is open to all ages.Come prepared to sing at least 16 bars of one song of your choosing that demonstrates your vocal range and tone. Pick a song that fits your personality best. We want to see and get to know YOU.…

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Kudzu Playhouse Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Kudzu Playhouse is Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Scholarships. Two awards are available to graduating high school seniors, as well as current and rising college freshmen and sophomores with less than 50 semester hours at the time of…

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Kudzu Playhouse's Production of Hairspray

Music by MARC SHAIMANLyrics by SCOTT WITTMAN & MARC SHAIMANBook by MARK O'DONNELL & THOMAS MEEHANBased on the New Line Cinema Film Directed by JOHN WATERSRated PG*It’s 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, and quirky, plus-sized, teenage Tracy…

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Kidzu Playhouse 2016 Summer Camps

Come "play" with us!A variety of fun-filled camps for all ages! Younger children will learn the basic principles of acting, dancing and singing. Older students will enjoy a more intensive camp in which they will learn blocking, choreography and…

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Hernando Performing Arts Center

Hernando, MS---Kudzu Playhouse will present "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and libretto by Hugh Wheeler at the Hernando Performing Arts Center. A musical thriller,” Sweeney Todd”…

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Kudzu Playhouse Scholarship Winners Are Reaching for the Stars

Hernando, MS - In response to the growing interest in, and support of, the performing arts in our community, in 2015 Kudzu formally expanded its scholarship program to provide two annual awards to local youths. While the primary criteria for both…

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A Tale of Two Roommates: 'The Odd Couple (Female Version)' is Neil Simon Hilarity at its Best

Hernando, MS -- Oscar and Felix give way to Olive and Florence in Kudzu Playhouse’s hilarious production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version), on stage at the Hernando Performing Arts Center. Anyone who has ever had a roommate can…

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Kidzu Playhouse 2015 Summer Camps

Come "play" with us!A variety of fun-filled camps for all ages! Younger children will learn the basic principles of acting, dancing and singing. Older students will enjoy a more intensive camp in which they will learn blocking, choreography and…

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Kudzu Playhouse Proudly Announces the Jim Anderson Legacy Scholarship

Jim Anderson has been a longtime supporter of the arts in DeSoto County, and specifically Kudzu Playhouse. As a former Board member, director and actor, Jim has a long and distinguished history of involvement with Kudzu. His fun and creative…

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Once Upon a Mattress Absolutely Sparkles at Kudzu Playhouse

Hernando, MS -- Director Justin Bixler has assembled a stellar cast for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, a whimsical musical comedy adaptation by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea,” with a…

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Kudzu Playhouse Announces Reserved Seating Ticket Feature

Kudzu Playhouse is excited to announce a new partnership with www.iTickets.com. Kudzu patrons can now purchase tickets to all of our shows online, simply and easily, with iTickets for a nominal fee. Tickets will also still be available for purchase…

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Kudzu Playhouse Proudly Announces 2015 Season Line-Up

Kudzu Playhouse invites you to “Come Out and Play with Us” as we proudly announce our 2015 season. From lighthearted fun, rib-tickling comedy and thought-provoking drama, to award-winning thrillers and classic family favorites, there is…

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Inaugural Semester of S.T.A.R.S. at Kudzu Playhouse

Kudzu Playhouse's S.T.A.R.S. is proud to announce a fall weekly acting class and production of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE, JR., for children ages 6 and up! Students will be involved in all aspects of the production. They will learn to work together to…

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Performance - Shrek The Musical

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig Directed by Lauren Suddoth Rated PG SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's…

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Soar Away to Neverland with Happy Thoughts and Fairy Dust in Kidzu Playhouse's Magical Production of Peter Pan

Hernando, MS - Fly away for grand adventures with Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, and Tinker Bell in Kidzu Playhouse’s production of PETER PAN, the musical, onstage at the Hernando Performing Arts Center. Based on J.M. Barrie’s beloved story, the…

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Auditions For Kidzu Playhouse's Production Of Peter Pan

Come and get ready for your audition.  A short dance that will be used in the audition will be taught and participants will learn important tips for auditioning as well as meet the director and other members of the production crew.The workshop is…

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It’s a World of Pure Imagination as “Willy Wonka" Wraps up This Weekend

HERNANDO, MISSISSIPPI – It’s a sticky-sweet confection of ‘Pure Imagination!’  as Kudzu Playhouse’s production of Willy Wonka wraps up this weekend.  Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an…

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Auditions For Kudzu Playhouse's Production Of The Great Gatsby

The Story — Play type: drama. Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking…

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Kudzu Playhouse Proudly Announces 2014 Season

Kudzu Playhouse Proudly Announces 2014 Season F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsbyadapted for the stage by Simon LevyJanuary 24 to February 2, 2014Hernando Performing Arts Center(Kudzu Playhouse production, Rated PG-13)Visit the Great…

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Kidzu Playhouse's Inaugural 5k Drama Dash Is More Than Child's Play

HERNANDO, MS---Kudzu Playhouse is taking its act to the streets of beautiful downtown Hernando.  The group’s youth arm, Kidzu, is hosting a first annual fundraiser, the Drama Dash 5K.  The race starts and finishes at Hernando High…

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