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Wichita State University-School of Performing Arts

2016-2017 Season 

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Two Rooms

Beatrice & Benedict


Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre Fall Concert

Other Desert Cities

Dramedy (Original film)

Children's Dance Festival

House Beautiful (Original script winner)

La Clemenza di Tito

American College Dance Association Regional Conference

Sister Act


Two Rooms (2nd Stage Production)

Written by: Lee Blessing
Directed by Theatre Major: Brandi Bailey

Provocative and compelling, this play deals with a contemporary subject much in the minds of contemporary society—the taking of innocent hostages by political terrorists. The story unfolds in two rooms:  one where the hostage is being held and the other where the victim’s family waits.   The New York Times said of this play “ the playwright’s eye is penetrating…(Mr. Blessing) reaffirms his authority with timely political questions”. (Rated PG)

Beatrice & Benedict (Opera)

By Berlioz
Guest Director: Carol Feiertag

In celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, WSU Opera Theatre is producing Berlioz’ tale on the Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing. The comic operetta will be sung in the original French, but the spoken dialogue will be Shakespeare’s English. Gorgeous melodies are complimented by sparkling banter as the reluctant lovers first resist, then finally acknowledge their affections. (Rated G)

Company (Musical Theatre)

Based on a book by George Furth. Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by WSU Opera & Voice Director: Marie King

Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece opened on Broadway in 1970 and inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. Offering challenging and compelling music and lyrics by America’s premiere composer of musical theatre, it offers an honest, sophisticated look at human relationships. It includes some of Sondheim’s most well-known songs including “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive”. (Rating PG)

Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre - Fall Concert

Featuring work of WSU Dance Faculty and guest choreographers.

Other Desert Cities (Mainstage Theatre)

Written by: Jon Robin Baitz
Guest Directed by: John Boldenow

Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. (Rated PG)

Dramedy - (Special Spring Event: Original Film)

Written and directed by WSU Theatre Program Director: Bret Jones

Veronica, an unmotivated and hapless twenty-year old, takes a road trip with friends to deliver her Grandmother’s car cross country and finds a missing relative along the way.

Children's Dance Festival

Featuring invited performers from Wichita area dance studios and academies.

House Beautiful (2nd Stage Production)

Original Script - Winner of the WSU Playwriting Competition

Written by: Liz Maestri
Directed by WSU Theatre Instructor: Jeannine Russell

In a decaying Long Island town, a man named Edwin is reaching the end of his life. His daughter Fran and granddaughter Victoria, each support him in the ways they know how, until the arrival of an ominous stranger causes each family member to fight for what they love most.

A love letter to everyone who silently deals with the sanitized pain of dying in American, "House Beautiful" explores family dynamics across generations, leaving the past behind, and celebrating the life that exists in the tiniest of houses and smallest of rooms. (Rated PG)

La Clemenza di Tito (Opera)

Written by: Mozart
Directed by WSU Opera & Voice Director: Marie King

Mozart’s last opera is based on events in the life of the Roman emperor Titus, who granted clemency to a would-be assassin. Through Mozart’s extraordinary music, the political intrigues spring vividly to life. Power struggles, jealousy, and betrayed friendships inspired magnificent arias, duets and ensembles from a genius at the peak of his musical powers. (Rated PG) 

American College Dance Association Regional Conference

The WSU Dance Program will once again host the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Regional Conference. Up to thirty university dance programs will convene on the WSU campus for four days of activities, back to back classes, and performances. Students will perform faculty, guest, and student choreography in five performances. Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Modern and Jazz will light up the stage as these emerging artists present eclectic and original experiences in performing arts. The performances are open to the public.

  • March 29-April 1, 2017
  • Wednesday - Saturday times TBA
  • Wilner Auditorium
  • Tickets to this event available soon

Sister Act (Musical Theatre)

By: Alan Menken & Glenn Slater
Directed & Choreographed by WSU Music Theatre Program Director: Amy Baker Schwiethale

This feel-good musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film featuring Whoopi Goldberg. The story of Sister Act follows disco diva Deloris Van Cartier, who is the prime witness in a murder case. In order to keep her safe, the police place her in witness protection and hide her in a convent. Disguised as a nun, she not only challenges the uptight Mother Superior and continually breaks the rules, but her passion for gospel music and disco dance ultimately transforms the choir and helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards, Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship and is sure to make WSU & Wichita audiences REJOICE!  (Rated PG) 


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