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Wichita State University-School of Performing Arts

2015-2016 Season 

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Smokey Joe’s Café

Light in the Piazza

Kansas Dance Festival

Wrong Window

Special Event: Redux ---- see updated date/time

Children's Dance Festival

The Roaring Girl

Core of Temptation

Les Indes Galantes


Smokey Joe’s Café

UPDATE: The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts is thrilled to announce that our production of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE has been selected to perform at the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We will represent Shocker Nation as one of six productions out of a seven state region invited to perform at the Festival!

The School of Performing Arts invites you to join us for a benefit performance of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE one last time for Wichita audiences in hopes of raising the money needed for travel expenses. Director/Choreographer Amy Baker Schwiethale would also like to invite you to join us after the show for light refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the cast and crew in the Wilner Lounge.

Tickets for this event are $25 (Sorry, no discounts available for this performance). Call the Fine Arts Box Office at (316) 978-3233 or go to http://www.Wichita.edu/FineArtsBoxOffice.

Featuring songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Directed and Choreographed by Amy Baker Schwiethale

Smokey Joe’s Café is a rock and roll musical revue featuring the songs of legendary hit makers Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber. The show pays homage to some of the most powerful and recognizable early icons of rock and roll such as The Drifters, The Coasters, Dion of Dion and the Belmonts, and of course, Elvis Presley. Smokey Joe’s Cafe is packed with 39 memorable pop standards like “Hound Dog", “Love Potion #9”, “On Broadway”, and “Stand By Me". The songs are presented by various members of the cast in various combinations, with no dialogue. It opened on Broadway in 1995 and is the longest running revue in Broadway history with 2,036 performances as well as winning the Grammy in 1996 for its Original Broadway Cast Recording.  (Rated  G)

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Book by Craig Lucas, Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Guest Director: Wayne Bryan, Producing Artistic Director-Music Theatre Wichita

Based on the 1960 novel by Elizabeth Spencer

Nominated for 22 Tony Awards, and winning 11, this wonderful musical comedy is set in Italy during the 1950’s. Margaret Johnson, a wealthy Southern socialite, and her developmentally challenged daughter Clara are visiting Florence. When a gust of wind sends Clara’s hat into the hands of Fabrizio, a handsome young Italian man, love blooms. Parental concerns and cultural differences conspire to keep the young lovers apart. Adam Guettel’s marvelous score is in the great romantic Broadway tradition of his grandfather, Richard Rodgers. The charming libretto wittily combines English and Italian, giving an authentic Tuscan flavor to the piece, and a near operatic dimension to the tender story.  (Rated PG)

Kansas Dance Festival & Class Schedule

Featuring work by WSU Dance Faculty, guest choreographers Nathan Trice and Darrell Grand Moultrie and invited dance programs from Kansas University.

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Written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore
Directed by Senior Music Theatre major Alex Castenada

This Alfred Hitchcock spoof loosely follows the plot of Hitchcock’s "Rear Window". The play features a New York couple, Jeff and Marnie, as they enter a challenging phase of their relationship when they believe they see their neighbor kill his wife. Once the wife goes 'missing', suspicion spreads as the couple and their neighbors sneak in and out of the apartment. Among multiple door-slammings, body-snatchings and a frantic flashlight chase scene, two questions remain. Who killed Lila Larswald? And…if she’s not dead...then who is?

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An original film project filmed during the fall 2015 semester. official trailer on youtube

A lively college student undergoing experimental treatment for schizophrenia must solve the murder of her friend. While under optogenetic treatment, Lorraine, searches through real clues and those imagined, to discover who killed her friend. Her suspects are ex-boyfriends, jealous girls and her own father.

Written and directed by Bret Jones

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The Roaring Girl

Written by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker
Directed by Danette Baker

Sebastian wants to marry Miss Mary, but daddy says, “No, she’s not worthy.” To overcome daddy’s stubborn ego Sebastian intrigues with the help of Moll, the Virago; If he can’t have Mary, he’ll marry Mad Moll. Daddy’s appalled, and vows to cause Moll’s downfall. But Moll is honorable, clever and valiant--she'll change daddy’s mind, and make him more gallant.

Heroic, ridiculous and a little bit sexy, featuring cross-dressing street brawlers, sword fights and intrigues, the Roaring Girl is a Renaissance fictionalized dramatization of the life of Mary Frith, known as ‘Moll Cutpurse’, a woman who has risen above cultural and gender stereo types to embody a virile heroism.  (Rated PG)

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Written by Danielle Hartman
Directed by Senior Music Theatre major Jennie Hughes

Winner of the WSU Playwriting Competition. God and “Lucy” fight over humanity, poser, and creation in this re-telling of the Adam and Eve story. Playwright Danielle Hartman is currently working on her M.F.A. in Theatre: Pedagogy in Dramatic Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. (This production's working title was listed as, "The Leftovers.")

Les Indes Galantes (Opera/Dance)

Opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau (French w/English titles)
Co-produced by the Opera and Dance program. Directed by Marie King and Nick Johnson

In 1775, three Native American chiefs visited Paris, performing their songs and dances for the court of Louis XV. Inspired by the spectacle, Rameau began work on an opera-ballet depicting amorous interactions between French and Spanish colonials and native populations. The resulting piece, Les Indes Galantes, is an entertaining combination of storytelling in both dance and song (in Rameau’s day, anyone not European was an “indian”). Four short stories illustrate romantic encounters in Persia, Peru, Turkey and Illinois. Les Indes Galantes was one of the most popular works in the opera-ballets genres, with frequent revival during the 18th century. Recently William Christie, the noted early music conductor, has championed the piece. (Rated G)

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By Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse, John Kander, Maurine Dallas Watkins
Guest Director: Stephen Kopel, Broadway Casting Director, C.S.A.

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, & acquittal. This sharply edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

The original 1975 production was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.

•April 21-24, 2016
•Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM
Wilner Auditorium


Main Stage Musicals:

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

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).


Location: the box office is located in the lobby of the Duerksen Fine Arts Center  (south side entrance).     Click here for HOURS
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