|Theatre Season 2013 -2014
With plays that blur the line between past and present the 2013-2014 Theatre Season at the Wichita Center for the Arts is an engaging on-stage exploration of time.
- $25 General Admission
- $20 Members/ Senior Citizens
- $15 Students
Vault Members receive free admission on opening nights.
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Join us on Opening Nights and enjoy a Wine and Cheese Reception before the show!
Open to the public and Vault members.
The Two Gentlemen Of Verona: The College Years
Book & Lyrics by Phil Speary - Music by Greg Ewing
(Apologies to W. Shakespeare)
8 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday, November 20-23, 2013
2 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 2013
Two Gentleman of Verona: The College Years takes one of Shakespeare’s earliest and most youthful comedies and turns it into a hilarious musical romp. The original story of two wealthy merchant sons seeking their fortune in Renaissance Italy is transferred to rural Oklahoma in the early 1960’s. The two young gentlemen become innocent farm boys leaving home to try their luck at a small private college in Ohio. The boys pledge a fraternity; fall for
the same campus sweetheart; have runins with a very short-tempered dean; find that friendship is thicker than water—and all this accompanied by an original pop rock musical score. Think of it as Shakespearean romantic farce meets the high-jinx of Animal House and the music of Grease. With a cast of about 20 actor/singer/dancer/comics and a small rock combo on stage, the show has a broad age appeal from those who remember the heyday of Buddy Holly/Elvis/Lesley Gore/the Four Seasons to the current generation of high school and college students who are fascinated by everything pop retro. The script was freely adapted from Shakespeare by local Mary Jane Teall honored playwright/director, Phil Speary. The score of twelve catchy pop rock dance tunes and ballads has lyrics by Dr. Speary working with local composer/performer, Greg Ewing, founder of the nationally known Mudbugs Band. The show has been produced locally once some seven years ago to great popular success winning the Mary Jane Teall award for Outstanding Musical. With staging by Dr. Speary of a delightfully silly script, bright tuneful music, and nostalgic costumes and props, this show will be a delightful part of The Wichita Center for the Arts Theatre season.
Join us on Opening Night, November 20, 2013 and enjoy a wine and cheese reception before the show! This special event is open to the public and Vault Members. Vault Members receive free opening night ticket.
Clybourne Park (February 12-16, 2014) is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize and 2012 Tony Award winning play by Bruce Norris. It is a response to, and portrays fictional events before and after, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun from 1959. Act I is set in 1959 as we witness the arguments that ensue as a white neighborhood struggles with the idea of a black family moving into the home where the story is set. In Act II the same cast portrays new characters in the same neighborhood circa 2009 as the now all black neighborhood resists the onslaught of gentrification.
In War Paint (April 16-20, 2014), by Dr. Bret Jones, a modern-day Muskogee-Creek Indian girl attempts to prove herself in college but has a crisis of identity. A death in her family and a unique Anthropology assignment force her to rediscover her true heritage as she alienates others, tries her family’s patience, and finds love along the way. The stories relevancy lies in the cultural limbo faced by American Indians often torn between mainstream society and the desire to carry on the traditions of their people.
|BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
The Wichita Center for the Arts
9112 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67206
Monday through Friday
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$20.00 Center Members/Senior Citizens