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Unless otherwise noted, productions take place in Wilner Auditorium Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Doors open one-half hour prior to curtain. Reserve tickets at 316-978-3233 - see our ticket prices!

 

Our 2013-2014 Season

 

 

Our current Fall & upcoming Spring 2013-14 Season!

 

Click on any show title below to learn more about times and locations!

Hunting a Doe

The Learned Ladies

Susannah

Guys and Dolls

Kansas Dance Festival

Children's Dance Festival

The Trojan Women

Violet

WCDT Spring Dance Concert

Die Fledermaus (The Revenge of the Bat)

Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play

 


 


Hunting a Doe by Kyle Dilley
Directed by Jeannine Russell
Sept.  25-28 at 7:30 pm,    Sept. 28 & 29 at 2:00 pm
Welsbacher Theatre, WSU Metropolitan Complex,  29th and Oliver

 

Hunting a Doe is the winner of the 40th Annual National Playwriting Competition at WSU.  The play was written by WSU theatre student,  Kyle Dilley.   This new play is a hilarious, contemporary farce.   (Rating  R)

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The Learned Ladies  by  Moliere         
Directed by Dr. Bret Jones
Oct. 10-12 at 7:30 pm and Oct. 13 at 2:00 pm
Wilner Auditorium  (Rating G)

 

Moliere’s comedy, which takes a look at academic pretention, focuses on the lives of a group of “learned ladies” and their insatiable obsession for learning and high-brow culture of the conceited kind.  Mix in a love triangle, a weak-minded husband, and a grammatically incorrect housemaid and you have one of Moliere’s most-beloved comedy of manners.

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Susannah   Opera by Carlisle Floyd
Co-directed by Guest Artist Samuel Ramey & Marie King
Oct. 17-19 at 7:30 pm and Oct. 20 at 2:00 pm
Miller Concert Hall

 

Based on the biblical tale of Susannah and the Elders,  Floyd sets his American opera in the Appalachian mountains, using musical idioms ranging from simple folk tunes to soaring Puccini-like melodies.  Susannah is a young girl living in an isolated area falsely accused of being a slut. Preacher Blitch comes to demand that she repent but she refuses.  He then seduces her and is horrified to find that she is innocent.  Olin Blitch is one of Samuel Ramey’s signature roles and in addition to co-directing the opera will portray Blitch in alternate performances. This production coincides with Mr. Ramey’s 2013-14 residency at WSU.
(Rating  PG)

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Guys and Dolls

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, 

Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows
Directed by Guest Director Wayne Bryan
Nov. 7-9 at 7:30 pm,  Nov. 10 at 2:00 pm
Wilner Auditorium

 

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City,  this  classic musical has been a favorite of audiences since it opened on Broadway in 1950.    With an immortal score by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling’s fast-paced book,  this romantic comedy is considered the perfect musical comedy by many.  The legendary characters include:  Sarah Brown, the uptight “mission doll”, set out to reform Sky Masterson, the high-rolling gambler and Adelaide, the long suffering fiancé of Nathan Detroit and an ensemble of other engaging characters who inhabit this world from Times Square to the cafes of Havana to the sewers of New York.  (Rating  G)

 

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Kansas Dance Festival 
Nov. 22-23 7:30 pm
Wilner Auditorium

 

Choreography from WSU dance faculty and invited dancers from around Kansas. Participating Schools include University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Friends University, University of Nebraska & University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Children’s Dance Festival
Feb 2, 2014  2:00 pm
Wilner Auditorium

 

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The Trojan Women

Feb. 19- 22 at 7:30 pm,  Feb. 22 & 23 at 2:00 pm
Welsbacher Theatre,  WSU Metropolitan Complex,  29th & Oliver

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Violet  

Music by Jeannine Tesori,  

Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Directed by Guest Director Stephen Kopel
March 6-8 at 7:30 pm,  March 9 at 2:00 pm
Wilner Auditorium

 

Set in 1964 in the deep south during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement,  Violet follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman accidentally scarred by her father as a young girl.   One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 90’s, Violet astounded critics and audiences with its powerful story and energetic score.  (Rating PG)
 

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WCDT Spring Dance Concert   
March 28-29, 7:30 pm   
Miller Concert Hall, Duerksen Fine Arts Center

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Die Fledermaus (The Revenge of the Bat)
by J. Strauss and M. Halevy
Sung in German with English dialogue and titles
Directed by Marie King
April 10-12 at 7:30 pm,  April 13 at 2:00 pm 
Miller Concert Hall

 

One of the most popular operettas of all time, Die Fledermaus has everything needed for a great evening’s entertainment:  wonderful characters, a truly funny book, and music that bubbles along like champagne.  Hilarious complications ensue, but there’s never a doubt that all will end on an up-note.  (Rating PG)

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Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play 

by Lauren Wilson

Directed by Dr. Judith Babnich
May 1-3 at 7:30 pm,  May 4 at 2:00 pm
Wilner  Auditorium

 

Chemical Imbalance is a two act contemporary “horror farce” that is a comic/evil adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  The play focuses on the bloody experiments of the “chemically imbalanced” Mr.  Hyde.  No one is safe from his devious mind not even the family dog.  (Rating PG)

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  School of Performing Arts TICKET PRICES


Main Stage Musicals

$16 General Public
$14 Faculty, Staff, Sr. Citizens, Military
$6  Non-WSU Students

Currently enrolled WSU students will be admitted to all College of Fine Arts Events without charge (WSU ID required).


Main Stage Non-Musicals and Second Stage Shows

$10 General Public
$8 Faculty, Staff, Sr. Citizens, Military
$6  Non-WSU Students

Currently enrolled WSU students will be admitted to all College of Fine Arts Events without charge (WSU ID required).

 

BOX OFFICE HOURS are 12:00 PM - 5PM Monday Thru Friday, located in Duerksen Fine Arts Center

(The Box Office also opens one hour before curtain on show days/nights at the performance location)

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