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Wichita State University-School of Performing Arts

2017-2018 Season 

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States of Happiness (original script winning entry)

Little Shop of Horrors

L'Elisir D'Amore

A Hedda Gabler

Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre - fall concert

Sidekicks! (Theatre department original film)

Children's Dance Festival

I Love You Because

Little Women

Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre - spring concert

Le Nozze di Figaro


States of Happiness (2nd Stage)

Original Script - Winner of the WSU Playwriting Competition

Written by: WSU playwriting contest winner, Josh Whedon
Student Director: Theatre Major Madison Bishop

Winner of the WSU Playwriting Competition, the central character desperately seeks meaning, but doesn’t know where to look.  She learns of a service that will allow her to do something extraordinary. But through this, she tumbles into an experiment that may have drastic repercussions.  Will this actually help her or will it send her further into hopelessness?  (Rating PG-13)

Little Shop of Horrors (Musical)

By: Music by Alan Menken, Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Guest Director: Karen Robu

Based on the 1960’s low budget movie by Roger Corman, this story
about a man-eating plant opened Off-Broadway in 1982 and has continued to delight audiences with it’s memorable music and melodramatic storyline.  Can Seymour find true love?  Will Audrey dump her mean boyfriend?  Do we need to fear this man-eating plant?  Join us for this hilarious romp. (Rating PG)

L'Elisir D'Amore (Opera/concert version)

By: Donizetti
Director: Alan Held

L’elisir a’amore is one of the most loved of all Donzetti’s operas. It combines touching romances and hilarious comedy with beautiful music, including Nemorino’s famous aria “Una furtive lagrima”.  (Rating G)

A Hedda Gabler (Mainstage Theatre)

By: Nigel O'Horn
Director: Danette Baker

Newly married to academic Dr. George Tesman, aristocrat Hedda Gabler returns from a less-than-fulfilling honeymoon finding herself trapped in a life lacking in personal agency.  Boredom and oppression lead her toward the manipulation of the lives of others in an effort to become master of her fate.  Ultimately this desperate path ends in destruction.  A contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. (Rating PG-13)

Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre - fall concert

Featuring works by WSU dance faculty and guest choreographers.

The Kansas Dance Festival will present an eclectic evening of dance.
WSU Faculty and original guest choreography will bring to the stage a variety of contemporary dance in all areas: ballet, modern and jazz.  Additionally, the program will host choreography from regional university dance programs designed to offer audiences an evening of performance that embraces the diversity and vibrancy of dance from the Midwest.   (Rating G)

Children's Dance Festival

Featuring invited performers from Wichita area dance studios and academies. WSU Dance will host the annual performance of Wichita and regional dance academies choreography highlighting the dance professionals of tomorrow.   (Rating G)

 I Love You Because (2nd Stage Musical)

By: Music by Joshua Salazar, Book by Ryan Cunningham
Student Director: Musical Theatre Major Lance McDougall

I Love You Because premiered Off-Broadway in 2006 and was nominated for an award by Drama Desk.  The romantic comedy is a modern twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in New York City. An uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer.  Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults but because of them. (Rating PG-13)

Theatre department original film - Sidekicks!

Written and Directed By: Bret Jones

What happens when the world’s superheroes go underground?
They leave their Sidekicks to face evil in their place!  A farce, Sidekicks!, chronicles the adventures of four hapless and hopeless sidekicks as they deal with life on a budget, mundane house chores, and when they get a chance, facing down the Gunslinger and Evil incarnate!   (Rating PG)

Little Women - (Musical/concert version)

By: Music by Jason Howard, Lyrics by Mindi Dickson, Book by Allan Knee
Director: Amy Baker Schweithale

This musical setting based on Louisa May Alcott’s American classic is a true crowd pleaser.  This Civil War story of love and family stands the test of time.   “A surprisingly innovative and fresh version of this endearing tale,”  “Wholesome, family-friendly entertainment”  (Rating G)

Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre - spring concert

Featuring works by WSU dance faculty and guest choreographers.
The spring concert presents WSU and guest faculty works that define and celebrate a dance program with a vision of innovative, insightful and dynamic choreography.  (Rating G)

Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera)

By: W.A. Mozart
Director: Alan Held

Often described as “the perfect opera”, this combination of Mozart’s sublime music and Lorenzo da Pointe’s sparkling adaptation of the Beaumarchais play has delighted audiences for more than 200 years. This enduring tale of class differences and privilege is particularly relevant today.    (Rating G)


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