From the acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” to the antics of a premier comedy at Music Theatre of Wichita, local theatre goers are sure to be entertained this year.
More than 50 world-class performers will be flying through the air at the Intrust Bank Arena through Sunday in Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam.”
Later on this year, Music Theatre of Wichita will bring in top-notch actors from across the country to perform in the American premiere of “Betty Blue Eyes.” The music and lyrics for the comedy were written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the writers of “Honk.”
In the musical, a businessman in post-World War II England raises a pig named Betty to serve at the royal wedding, which circumvents the rationing laws. Eccentric villagers get involved and Betty is moved about – much to the amusement of the audience.
The same lyricists wrote additional songs for the stage version of “Mary Poppins,” which will also be performed by MTW this summer.
Other companies are also gearing up for new seasons. Several international virtuosos will perform in Wichita Grand Opera’s season that starts with “Otello” later this month. Giuseppe Verdi wrote the music for this classic opera that is based on Shakespeare’s “Othello.”
The Crown Uptown and the Forum Theatre will present many hit comedies and musicals, including “Spring Awakening” and “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” while Mosley Street Melodrama and Cabaret Oldtown will show off some comedic new scripts such as “Bite it, Wichita.” There will also be works by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekov and Steve Martin performed on stages throughout Wichita.
Following is a guide to the 2013 theater season in Wichita.
Intrust Bank Arena
Call 316-755-SEAT or 855-755-SEAT or www.intrustbankarena.com
Music Theatre of Wichita
Performances in Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Tickets/info:316- 265-3107 or http://www.mtwichita.org/
Performances in Century II Concert Hall, 225 W. Douglas. Tickets/info: WichitaTix at 316-219-4849 or theaterleague.com
Performances at 147 S. Hillside. Tickets/info: 316-618-0444 or www.forumwichita.com
Wichita Center for the Arts
Performances in Irene Vickers Baker Theatre, 9112 E. Central. Tickets/info: 316-315-0151 or www.wcfta.com
Performances upstairs at 4121/2 E. Douglas. Tickets/info: 316-265-4400
Crown Uptown Theatre
Performances at 3207 E. Douglas. Tickets/info: 316-612-7696 or www.crownuptown.com
Mosley Street Melodrama
Performances at 234 N. Mosley in Old Town. Tickets/info: 316-263-0222 or www.mosleystreet.com.
Wichita Grand Opera
Wichita Community Theatre
Performances at 258 N. Fountain. Tickets/info: 316-686-1282 or wichitact.org
Guild Hall Players
Performances in St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas. Tickets/info: 316-683-5686.
Wichita Shakespeare Company
Performances at area parks and other locations