Typically two performances are staged annually, a drama or comedy production in the fall, and a musical in the spring on May Day/graduation weekend.


2020 may day musical


Our annual May Day festivities culminate with this beloved tradition showcasing Bluffton's musical theatre talents, directed by Dr. Melissa Friesen with music directed by Dr. Bo Young Kang.

In this family-friendly adaptation of the ugly duckling story, young Ugly encounters barnyard teasing, colorful characters and a very hungry cat as he discovers that being different isn't bad. This heartwarming show won the 2000 Oliver Award for Best Musical.

May 1-2, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Yoder Recital Hall
Event tickets: $15 for all reserved seats;
$5 for children 5 and up and Bluffton University students

Purchase tickets at the box office online at or by calling

Exercise the thespian within by being a part of the annual fall theatrical performance or the spring May Day musical. Want to know more about Bluffton University theatre studies? Visit our department home page or contact Melissa Friesen at