Wichita theatergoers have a lot to look forward to in 2013-2014 with at least 85 live stage productions, from Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas and Tony Award-winning musicals to original, locally written musical spoofs, melodramas and improv comedy.
Internationally renowned opera star and Kansas native Samuel Ramey is the artist-in-residence this fall at Wichita State University and will co-direct and perform one of his signature roles in “Susannah.”
Broadway veteran and Kansas native Ray Wills will dream the impossible dream as the “Man of La Mancha” for the Forum Theatre next spring.
The newly regrouped Forum Theatre will kick off the season with two regional premieres: the hit 2012 Tony-winning British farce “One Man, Two Guvnors” and the hilarious new satirical take on Sherlock Holmes’ “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”
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And there will be sort of a double regional premiere of the fractured fairy tale musical, “Shrek,” next summer for adults at Crown Uptown Theatre and for kids at Music Theatre for Young People.
Since last year, Wichita lost one longtime theatrical troupe because of economic pressures after being unable to find a permanent home. For more than a decade, Theatre on Consignment sought out experimental and controversial niche works that other local theaters wouldn’t touch, like David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly” and Edward Albee’s “The Goat (Or Who Is Sylvia?).”
“We feel we have done some exceptional work, brought forth productions that would have otherwise gone unseen in Wichita, and hopefully made folks think, laugh and feel with our intimate style of avant-garde theatre,” said Cherise Henderson, executive artistic director.
But while Theatre on Consignment has folded, performances have been revived in Old Cowtown Museum’s Empire House Theatre, which this fall will host locally produced burlesque and variety shows, old-fashioned melodramas and modern comedy improv on a regular, almost weekly basis.
Another local group has reorganized to keep up with new financial realities. The Forum Theatre, located in a beautifully restored old church south of Douglas and Hillside, is now a not-for-profit theater as it launches its third season. The goal is still to be a “fully professional regional theater with a resident company of actors and skilled staff” for presenting the latest comedies, dramas and musicals as well as reviving rarely seen vintage shows, said producing artistic director Kathryn Pate Hauptman.
But to help underwrite the shows, the Forum building will be available for revenue-growing activities like educational programs, weddings, parties and other private events overseen by new operations manager Aaron Profit, said Forum board chairman Paul Jackson.
Meanwhile, Wichita Scottish Rite’s Signature Theatre, has undergone a philosophical change from a purely children’s theater to an all-ages community troupe.
“We will be using more adult performers. It’s a growth issue,” said Deb Campbell, founder and artistic director. “Our plan was always to evolve into a community-based theater to do shows like ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Annie.’ Children will now be cast in age-appropriate roles.”
Here’s a look at what local theaters say they have coming. And, as always, all titles are subject to change depending upon rights changes.
“Million Dollar Quartet” (Oct. 29-31) Tony-winning 2010 jukebox musical inspired by the historical Dec. 4, 1956, recording session at Sun Records that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
“The Addams Family” (Nov. 19-21) Based on the macabre cartoon family created by Chas. Addams, this 2010 musical comedy brings to delightfully ghoulish life the suburban misadventures of Gomez, Morticia and their weird kids.
“Hair” (March 18-20, 2014) 1968’s ground-breaking “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” about hippie counter-culture, anti-Vietnam war protests and sexual revolution with anthems from “Aquarius” to “Let the Sunshine In.”
“Memphis” (April 15-17, 2014) Tony’s best musical of 2010 celebrates a white Memphis radio DJ who was the first to break the color barrier and play black music in the 1950s, inspired by real life events.
Details: Performances in Century II Concert Hall; shows at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets (four shows): $100-$250; call 800-776-7469. Individual show tickets: $35-65; call WichitaTix at 316-219-4849. Discounts available. www.theaterleague.com.
“Menopause: The Musical” (8 p.m. Oct. 15-16) Touring company production of Jeannie Linder’s Off-Broadway musical hit celebrating women and The Change. Performances in Mary Jane Teall Theater. Tickets: $54-$44 (meet-and-greet the cast VIP ticket with poster available for extra $35); available through Wichita Tix at 316-219-4849 or www.wichitatix.com
Wichita Center for the Arts Theatre
“Arcadia” (Sept. 18-22) Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed drama about a precocious 19th century teen and her intellectual and romantic duels with her tutor as seen through researchers a century later.
“Two Gentlemen of Verona: The College Years” (Nov. 20-24) Shakespeare meets “Animal House” in this musical farce freely adapted by Wichita playwright Phil Speary and set in 1980s Oklahoma with rock songs by Speary and Greg Ewing.
“Clybourne Park” (Feb.12-16, 2014) Bruce Norris’ 2011 Pulitzer Prize and 2012 Tony Award winner is a follow-up to Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 classic “A Raisin in the Sun,” examining the same neighborhood in 1959 and 2009.
“War Paint” (April 16-20, 2014) Bret Jones’s drama about the identity crisis faced by a Muscogee-Creek college student over an anthropological assignment that causes rifts in her family about their heritage.
Details: Performances in Irene Vickers Baker Auditorium at the Center, 9112 E. Central; shows at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Season tickets (four shows): $100, $80 members/seniors. Individual show tickets: $25, $20 members/seniors, $15 students. Call box office at 316-315-0151. www.wcfta.com
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Sept. 6-Nov. 2) Sort of “A Chorus Line” for the elementary set, this 2005 Broadway musical follows six precocious kids through the highs, lows and life lessons of a school spelling bee.
TBA Christmas show (Nov. 15-Dec. 22) Original musical-comedy holiday revue.
Details: Performances upstairs at 412½ E. Douglas; shows at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7) Thursday-Saturday. Tickets: $20. Appetizers and drinks available. Holiday show expands to Wednesday-Sunday in December. Holiday show tickets: Dinner/show, $37; show only, $22. Call 316-265-4400.
“One Man, Two Guvnors” (Sept. 19-Oct. 13) Regional premiere of the hit 2012 Broadway farce about a man who discovers he’s employed by two rival gangsters, starring local favorite Stephen Hitchcock.
“The Hound of the Baskervilles” (Oct. 24-Nov. 17) Another regional premiere, this laugh-a-second slapstick send-up of Sherlock Holmes stars Broadway veterans Ray Wills and Tom Frye playing dozens of roles each.
“A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 5-22) Annual encore of the original new musical written specially for The Forum retelling Dickens’ traditional holiday story about redemption of the miserly Scrooge.
“Driving Miss Daisy” (Jan. 16-Feb. 2, 2014) Gina Austin Fresh and Huron Breaux star in this beloved tale of the unlikely friendship between a cranky, elderly Jewish Southern matron and her wise, patient black chauffeur.
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (Feb. 13-March 9, 2014) The second-longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history explores all the wonder, complexity and confusion of that crazy thing called love.
“Man of La Mancha” (April 10-May 4, 2014) Broadway veteran and Kansas native Ray Wills stars as Don Quixote in the 1968 musical that won five Tonys, including best musical, and gave the world “The Impossible Dream.”
Details: Performances at 147 S. Hillside; shows at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Season tickets (6 shows): $125-$50. Individual show tickets: $23 Thursday and Sunday, $25 Friday and Saturday. Call 316-618-0444; http://forumtheaterwichita.com
National Theatre Live
“Macbeth” (7 p.m. Oct. 17) Kenneth Branagh (who also co-directs) stars as Shakespeare’s haunted Scottish king and Alex Kingston is Lady Macbeth in electrifying Manchester International Festival production.
“Othello” (Fall 2013) Olivier Award-winning Adrian Lester takes the title role in Shakespeare’s tale about the destructive power of jealousy. Rory Kinnear plays the duplicitous Iago.
“Coriolanus” (February 2014) Donmar Warehouse’s production of Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius
“War Horse” (Spring 2014) Nick Stafford adapted this internationally acclaimed, emotionally charged drama from Michael Morpurgo’s novel about a boy and his horse from the fields of Devon to the horrors of World War I in France.
Details: Live HD broadcasts from the National Theatre in London (unless noted) shown onscreen at the Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway. Live at 1 p.m. Thursday, taped repeat at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $15 adult/senior, $12 student, available online at www.murdocktheatre.com. Call 316-440-6407.
Crown Uptown Theatre
“Cats” (Sept. 13-Oct. 19) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ground-breaking 1981 show about feline society in the back alleys and junkyards of London.
“White Christmas” (Nov. 7-Dec. 22) Annual holiday encore of the new stage musical that plays loving homage to the 1954 Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye movie, all bouncing along to a classic Irving Berlin songbook.
“Godspell” (Jan. 31-Feb. 22, 2014) Stephen Schwartz’s classic 1971 folk-rock tale of New Testament parables with Jesus leading a colorful band of hippie desciples.
“Broadway on Douglas Revue: I Love a Piano” (April 4-5 and 10-11, 2014) Song and dance revue to Irving Berlin classic music.
“Shrek” (June 6-28, 2014) Tony-winning 2008 musical based on the Oscar-winning 2001 animation about a grouchy ogre, his donkey sidekick and a princess with a big green secret.
“Broadway on Douglas Revue II: Myths and Hymns” (Aug. 15-16 and 22-23, 2014) Song and dance revue to music of Adam Guettel, Tony-winning composer of “The Light in the Piazza.”
“Aida” (Oct. 3-25, 2014) Elton John and Tim Rice’s Tony-winning 2000 rock adaptation of the classic opera tragedy about two young women, a princess and a slave, in love with the same man in ancient Egypt.
“Meredith Willson’s Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” (Nov. 21-Dec. 21, 2014) From the guy who gave us “The Music Man” comes this musical adaptation of the beloved 1947 movie about a Macy’s department store Santa, a skeptical little girl and, perhaps, the real Kris Kringle.
Details: Performances at 3207 E. Douglas; shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (doors open 5:45, dinner at 6) and 5:45 p.m. Sunday (doors open 4, dinner at 4:15). Select Thursday matinees at 12:30 p.m. (doors open 11 a.m., lunch at 11:15). Individual tickets: $50-$55; season tickets available. Call 316-612-7696.
Mosley Street Melodrama
“Admiral Windwagon: Vampire Hunter” (Sept. 12-Nov. 2) Original melodrama farce by Wichita playwright Carol Hughes followed by musical revue.
“Derbysville: The Town of Misfit Toys” (Nov. 14-Dec. 30) Holiday-themed melodrama by Carol Hughes followed by musical revue.
Details: Performances at 234 N. Mosley in Old Town; shows at 7:50 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (doors open at 6, dinner 6:15-7:30). From Nov. 26-Dec. 23, shows at 7:50 p.m. nightly plus 1:50 p.m. Saturday matinee (doors open at noon, buffet 12:15-1:30 p.m.). Season tickets (6 shows): $142, $128 ages 60-up, $115 under age 12. Individual show tickets: Dinner/show, $27 general, $23 ages 60-up, $21 under age 12; Show only: $17 all ages. Call 316-263-0222. www.mosleystreet.com
“A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” (Nov. 30-Dec. 23) Wichita premiere of the nostalgic comedy about a group of actors broadcasting their contemporary take on “A Christmas Carol” from a hole-in-the-wall New Jersey radio station where anything that can go wrong does.
Details: Performances Thursday-Sunday and Monday, Dec. 23, at 4055 N. Tyler Road. Doors open at 6:15 for cider and browsing in Old Barn Christmas Shop, catered buffet from 6:15-7:30, show at 8. Tickets: $29.95-$33.95. Call 316-303-2037.
Wichita Community Theatre
“Other Desert Cities” (Sept. 11-15) Jon Robin Baitz’s 2011 drama (a Pulitzer finalist) is about a family with differing political views hiding a longtime family secret.
“The Zombie” (Oct. 17-Nov. 3) Comedy thriller about an unsuspecting father and daughter running into a crazy hypnotist who turns petty crooks and illegal aliens into zombies for cheap labor.
“It’s a Wonderful Life (Radio Version)” (Nov. 29-Dec. 22) Inspired by the classic James Stewart/Donna Reed movie is this 1996 award-winning stage adaptation that follows five 1940s radio actors playing all the characters and providing sound effects of the heartwarming tale.
“Inherit the Wind” (Jan. 23-Feb. 9, 2014) Lawrence & Lee’s 1955 classic courtroom drama about the conflict of science and religion as a teacher goes to trial for teaching evolution in the classroom, inspired by the infamous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial.
“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” (March 12-16, 2014) Mitch (“Tuesdays with Morrie”) Albom’s first comedy is this 2004 romp about two bumbling hunters who are wracked with guilt when they think they shot down an angel.
“Sabrina Fair” (April 17-May 4, 2014) Samuel A. Taylor’s 1953 witty, romantic comedy about a chauffeur’s daughter who turns herself into a smart, beautiful sophisticate who attracts wealthy suitors despite her lack of pedigree.
“Angel Street” (June 5-22, 2014) Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 psychological thriller (sometimes called “Gas Light”), set in 1880s London, is about an overbearing, unfaithful husband who tries to convince his wife that she is going mad.
“Fox on the Fairway” (July 24-Aug. 10, 2014) From Ken (“Lend Me a Tenor”) Ludwig comes this 2010 farce that pulls the rug out from under the stuffy denizens of a private country club.
Details: Performances at 258 N. Fountain; shows at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (unless noted). Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors/military/students (special $8 tickets on opening nights). Call 316-686-1282.
Empire House Live!
“Say What?! Comedy Improv” (Sept. 21) Local troupe presents off-the-cuff comedy for mature audiences over age 16.
“Doc MacDougal’s Miraculous Melodrama” (7 p.m. Oct. 10-12) Local troupe revives old-fashioned frontier melodrama (as dinner-theater on Saturday only).
“Say What?! Comedy Improv” (Oct. 19) Local troupe presents off-the-cuff comedy for mature audiences over age 16.
“Say What?! Comedy Improv” (Nov. 16) Local troupe presents off-the-cuff comedy for mature audiences over age 16.
Details: Performances at 8 p.m. (unless noted) in Empire House Theatre in historic Wichita Cowtown in Sim Park. Tickets for both improv and melodrama available at Wichita Tix at 316-219-4849 or www.wichitatix.com. Improv: $10; cash bar, doors open at 7 p.m. Melodrama: Adults $12 in advance, $14 at door; children 4-17, $10. Saturday dinner-theatre: $24 adults, $22 ages 4-17.
Guild Hall Players
“Macbeth” (Oct. 24-27) Known as “The Scottish Play,” Shakespeare’s dark, powerful tragedy explores corrosive effects of choosing evil to achieve ambitious political ends.
“If Music Be the Food of Love, Sing On” (Feb. 13-16, 2014) An evening of favorite old and new songs for a special Valentine’s weekend dinner-theater show conceived by Deanne Zogleman, Matt May and Phil Speary.
“In the Power of the Spirit” (April 3-6, 2014) Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first Kansas Episcopal bishop is this original play about faith and courage written and directed by Phil Speary.
“The Miser” (May 29-June 1, 2014) Moliere’s classic French farce follows the misadventures of a man who puts money before family.
“A Little Night Music” (July 31-Aug. 3, 2014) Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning best musical of 1973 celebrates the glorious foolishness of love as seen through eyes of several couples in 1900s Sweden.
Details: Performances in St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas; shows at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12, $7 students. Call 316-683-5686. www.stjameswichita.org
WSR Signature Theatre
“Manos: Rock Opera of Fate” (Oct. 29-30) Just in time for Halloween is this deliciously campy 2007 musical based on a 1966 cult sci-fi film voted worst movie ever made about a vacationing family on lost in the Texas boonies and terrorized by weird desert dwellers.
TBA Christmas musical (December)
TBA musical (February 2014)
“1776” (July 2014) Tony-winning best musical of 1969 dramatizes events surrounding signing of the Declaration of Independence spurred by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
Details: Performances in Scottish Rite Auditorium, 332 E. First. Shows at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 students at the door (no reservations). 316-263-4218.
Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center
“School House Rock Live, Jr.” (Oct. 4-5) The Emmy-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon TV show that educated through clever songs springs to life on stage.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” (Dec. 9-15) Annual holiday tradition about kids trying to put on a pageant and helping everyone discover the season’s true meaning.
“Anything Goes” (April 3-5, 2014) Cole Porter’s witty, iconic songs tell the age-old boy-meets-girl story.
Details: Performances at 201 Lulu (unless noted); call for show times. Tickets: $6; special pizza shows, $7.50 (group discounts available). Call 316-262-2282. Info: www.wctdc.com
Heather Muller Black Box
“Zombie Prom” (Oct. 18-20) A 1950s horror comic book springs to life as a musical comedy.
“Moon Over Buffalo” (Feb. 21-23, 2014) Madcap comedy set in New York’s theater world.
“That’s Entertainment” (July 14-27, 2014) Original musical revue with hit songs from favorite movies.
Details: Performances in Black Box Theatre, 201 Lulu; shows at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $8.50; premium, $12.50 (group discounts available). Call 316-262-2282. Info: www.wctdc.com
Once Upon a Time Series
“Trick or Treat Street” (Oct. 25-27) This interactive musical teaching safe ways to trick or treat is a new addition to the annual non-scary fundraiser offering children a chance to trick or treat at sixteen doors along an make-believe street.
“Chicken Little” (Nov. 6-9) The sky is falling! Chicken Little and friends learn important lesson about jumping to conclusions in this original musical.
“Junie B. in ‘Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!’” (Dec. 4-6, 13-14) The beloved children’s book springs to delightful dramatized life as Junie B. becomes Secret Santa to someone who keeps messing up her holiday. (Recommended for children over 5).
“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” (Jan. 24-25, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014) Based on the best-selling kids’ book, this musical romp follows a bored 10-year-old boy trying to find an adventure nobody has done before. (Recommended for children over 5).
“The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Feb. 26-March 1, 2014) Breezy adaptation of classic fairy tale about vanity as two con men present an arrogant Emperor with a magic suit of clothes that nobody else can see.
“The Ugly Duckling” (April 9-12, 2014) A newborn shunned because he is “different” teaches valuable lessons in this original musical about individuality and fitting in.
Details: Performed by WCT&DC’s adult company for youngsters aged 2 to 8 with audience participation. Performances at 201 Lulu; call for show times. Tickets: $6; special pizza shows, $7.50 (group discounts available). Call 316-262-2282. Info: www.wctdc.com
Music Theatre for Young People
“Peter Pan” (Nov. 22-24) Piers Chater Robinson’s new up-tempo musical version closely based on the J.M. Barrie book rather than the Disney or Broadway versions about a boy who refuses to grow up.
“My Son, Pinocchio: Gepetto’s Musical Tale” (March 7-9, 2014) Stephen Schwartz’s musical adapted from the 2000 Disney movie “Gepetto & Son” telling the beloved story of the puppet who wants to be a real boy through the eyes of his adoptive father.
“Shrek: The Musical” (May 2-4, 2014) Tony-winning 2008 musical based on the Oscar-winning 2001 animation about a grouchy ogre, his donkey sidekick and a princess with a big green secret.
Details: Performances in Mary Jane Teall Theater in Century II; shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Season tickets: $30 (three shows); individual shows, $12 adults in advance and $15 at the door, $10 students both in advance or at door; at WichitaTix at 316-219-4849 or www.wichitatix.com Infomation, www.mtypks.org
Wichita State University
“The Learned Ladies” (Oct. 10-13) Moliere’s witty classic about academic pretentions and insatiable obsession with snob-appeal topics.
“Susannah” (Oct. 17-20) (Miller Concert Hall) Floyd’s American opera, based on the biblical tale of Susannah and the Elders, tells of an Appalachian girl unjustly accused of being a slut and the holy man who finds out too late that she is innocent. International opera star and Kansas native Samuel Ramey, as artist-in-residence, will co-direct and appear as the preacher.
“Guys and Dolls” (Nov. 7-10) Frank Loesser’s 1950 Broadway classic about the colorful world of Damon Runyon’s underworld gamblers, gangsters and molls running up against a do-gooder from the Salvation Army.
“Violet” (March 6-9, 2014) Powerful Off-Broadway musical from the 1990s, set in the deep South in 1964, about an abused girl overcoming bitterness to achieve enlightenment.
“Die Fledermaus” (April 10-13) (Miller Concert Hall) One of the most popular operettas, Johann Strauss’ 1874 comedy (“The Bat”) is about a man who seduces a masked beauty only to discover it’s his own wife.
“Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play” (May 1-4, 2014) Horror farce, based on the Stevenson classic, takes a contemporary look at the weird experiments of the “chemically imbalanced” Mr. Hyde.
Details: Performances in Wilner Auditorium on WSU campus (unless noted); shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for musicals: $16, $14 faculty/seniors/military, $6 non-WSU students, WSU students free. Tickets for non-musicals: $10, $8 faculty/seniors/military, $6 non-WSU students, WSU students free. Call 316-978-3233.
Second Stage, WSU
“Hunting a Doe” (Sept. 25-29) Hilarious, new, contemporary farce by Kyle Dilley, winner of WSU’s 40th Annual National Playwriting Competition.
TBA play (Feb. 19-22, 2014)
Details: Performances in Welsbacher Theatre in Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29st and Oliver. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (unless noted). Tickets: $10, $8 seniors/military, $6 students. Call 316-978-3233.
“How the Dog Runs” (Oct. 10-13) (Jabara) World premiere of new play by New York playwright Dan O’Neil about family, death and dogs on the Fourth of July, directed by Broadway veteran and Kansas native Ray Wills.
“Into the Woods” (Nov. 21-24) (DeMattias) Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning 1987 skewed fairy tale musical about a childless baker and his wife and the spell cast on them by a witch.
The Third Annual 24-Hour Theatre Project (8 p.m. Jan. 25, 2014) (Jabara) Called “high-octane theater,” this is a marathon that begins the night before with four-to-eight teams writing, rehearsing and then presenting original 10-minute plays to a live audience. All the joys and perils of theater compressed into 24 hours. (Tickets: $2)
“Iphigenia” (Feb. 27-March 2, 2014) (DeMattias) Last play by Greek tragedian Euripides about the conflict over King Agamenon’s plan to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to the gods to ensure victory in battle.
A Festival of One-Act Plays (7 p.m. April 10-12, 2014) (Jabara) Seven short plays selected and directed by students.
TBA Spring Musical (May 1-3, 2014) (DeMattias) Musical revue produced by the Music Department with title, selections and details to come.
Details: Performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in DeMattias Performance Hall or Jabara Theatre. Tickets at DeMattias: $12 adults, $10 students, $5 for Newman students. Tickets at Jabara: $10 adults, $8 students, $5 for Newman students.
“Snoopy!” (Sept. 19-22) (Sebits) Musical sequel to “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” showcasing the beloved Beagle and his adventures.
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (Oct. 24-27) (Alumni) Shocking new version by Jeffrey Hatcher of Robert Lewis Stevenson’s classic about depravity, lust, love and horror.
Student-Directed One-Act Plays (Nov. 15-16) (Cornerstone) (free) Senior projects by theater majors.
“The Wakefield Mysteries” (Jan 23-26, 2014) (Sebits) Adrian Henri’s series of plays using history, culture and faith to familiar truths still relevant to today.
“The Chalk Garden” (Feb. 21-24, 2014) (Alumni) Enid Bagnold’s classic about a woman and her disturbed granddaughter in the care of a governess.
Theatre Showcase (April 9-10) (Cornerstone) (free) Theater majors get a chance to show what they’ve learned.
Details: Performances in either Sebits Auditorium, Alumni Auditorium or Cornerstone Studio Theatre in Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends campus. Shows at 7:30 Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11, $9 seniors/students (unless noted). Call 316-295-5537. www.friends.edu/theatre