Theatre at Tarleton presents “Leading Ladies”

By: Sierra Wells

Multimedia Journalist

From Sept. 21 through Sept. 25, Theatre at Tarleton will be officially opening the 2021-2022 season with the show “Leading Ladiesby Ken Ludwig. Performances will be located in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

“Leading Ladies” show poster.
Photo courtesy of @theatreattarleton

Stage Manager Gabe Escoto notes all of the hard work that has gone into the show.

Escoto said, “I am proud for all the Tarleton theater students that work every week to help put up a set and make the costumes and props and many more, less than four weeks. I’m also proud of the actors who work five days a week in rehearsal for the past month.”

“Leading Ladies” tells the story of two men who attempt to swindle money from an unsuspecting dying woman by pretending to be her sister’s children. Trouble brews, however, after they go to collect the money. The play is full of plot twists and conflicts that accompany the adventure of these men and the people around them.

When asked about the importance of the play, actress Jordyn O’Banion said, “The show is a comedy, and it’s important because everybody needs to have a good laugh as often as possible, and this show will definitely provide for that.”

A scene from Tarleton State University’s production of “Leading Ladies.”
Photo courtesy of Tarleton State University’s Facebook

Costume designer Jakayla Daniels describes how this performance season’s shows will be open to paid audiences again after last season’s limitations due to Covid-19.

Daniels said, “It will be ran at full capacity. Everyone’s friends and families can come and see the show as well as people from within our own Stephenville, Tarleton community. We won’t have any restrictions, as there is no mandate being put on our department anymore…fingers crossed it stays that way.”

Tickets cost $5 for students, $8 for children, senior citizens, faculty and staff and $10 for adults.

After “Leading Ladies” has finished its run, Theatre at Tarleton will be presenting “The Jungle Book,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Cabaret” and “Death of a Salesman” throughout the continuation of this season.  

Wardrobe Crew Head Sarah Adams said, “This year we are doing more well-known, classic shows and are taking more risks and reaching out of our comfort zone with others. The next show we have started working on is our children’s show ‘The Jungle Book,’ directed by a student, Tyler Krumm, and we have auditions coming up for our winter play, “A Christmas Carol.’”

For more information about upcoming theatre performances at Tarleton State University, visit

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