‘Gridiron’ annual spoof to open Thursday at Orpheum

04/03/2014 12:00 AM

04/04/2014 9:46 PM

Late-breaking Gridiron news: There may or may not be a musical number about a city whose name must not be mentioned when journalists take the stage to poke fun at newsmakers next week.

Enough with the hints. The annual parody put on by the Society of Professional Journalists (which recently has raised the ire of Haysville higher-ups tired of being joked about) includes singing and dancing and raises money for journalism scholarships. It runs April 10-12 at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway.

The show, which is written by and stars members of the local media, will take a tour of news events of the past year – from local to international – spoofing the Dreamliner mistakenly landing at Jabara Airport, health care, the oil found under Century II and whether to drill for it, and Vladimir Putin, who will sing a song. He won’t be the only one. One skit spoof features Kathleen Sebelius crooning “I’m Sorry.”

Fired KSN anchorman Justin Kraemer will be among the performers, along with a usual cast of characters that includes Bucky Walters, Bonnie Bing, Ted Woodward and Sierra Scott. As always, the cash bar plays a supporting role. “Moderate consumption of alcohol makes the show funnier,” assistant producer and cast member Kevin Connelly said.

The show will be at 8 p.m. Thursday; April 11; and April 12 at the Orpheum. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $27 on Thursday, and $27 to $32 April 11 and April 12. They are available at Select-A-Seat outlets, at 316-755-SEAT or at www.selectaseat.com. Proceeds go to scholarships for Kansas journalism students. For more information, visit www.wichitagridiron.com or call 316-268-6327.

Annie Calovich

Symphony in the Flint Hill tickets on sale

Tickets to the ninth annual Symphony in the Flint Hills, which always sell out quickly, will be available starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The event, which features an outdoor symphony concert against the backdrop of the Flint Hills , will take place on June 14 on the Rosalia Ranch in Butler County, which is owned by the Gottsch Cattle Co. It’s the closest the concert has ever been to Wichita. Tickets are $90, or $50 for ages 12 and under. They’ll be available at www.kcsymphony.org or by calling 816-471-0400. They’ll also be for sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday only at Dillard’s in Towne East, 7700 E. Kellogg. The Kansas City Symphony will perform the sunset concert, whose theme is “Flint Hills Land, Sky and People.” For more information, visit www.symphonyintheflinthills.org.

Denise Neil

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