At Play

This is the final week to see Misty Maynard’s X’TICHA: Spider-God of the Amazon at the Kechi Playhouse. A spoof of the old horror movies of the 50’s and 60’s complete with restless natives, an erupting volcano and a giant spider. The show will close on the 29th with the final run of performances beginning this Thursday.

Music Theatre of Wichita presents the Jerome Robbins classic West Side Story June 25-29. First produced on Broadway in 1957 the musical is a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet and is one of lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s best-loved works. Featuring a score from Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story boasts several staples of American music including “Maria,” “America” and “I Feel Pretty,” among others. This is one of the most important pieces of American music theatre and is familiar to some from its 1961 film adaptation starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno.

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The Orpheum Theatre presents Scooby Doo Live: Musical Mysteries on June 12. Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. Filled with wacky new characters and wild antics, Scooby Doo Live: Musical Mysteries is intended for young audiences who love traditional Scooby-Doo adventures.

At Play: Angel Street, 42nd Street On The Horizon For Local Stages

May 12, 2014
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Coming in June to Wichita Community Theatre, it’s Angel Street (Gaslight) by Patrick Hamilton. This play was originally produced for the stage under the name Gaslight and has been adapted for the screen twice. It is the story of the Manninghams, who live on Angel Street in 19th Century London. As the curtain rises, all appears the essence of Victorian tranquility…but all is not what it appears…

Mosley Street Melodrama’s production of Reno County 911 continues now through May 24.

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play, a farcical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play is a fast-paced romp about men and women tightrope walking the line between aristocracy and depravity, and between the twin specters of good and evil.

Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play runs from May 1-4 with a Sunday matinee.

Opening this weekend at Mosley Street Melodrama is Carol Hughes’ Reno County 911: The Adventures of Starsky and Hutchinson. The production opens April 3 and will close May 24. Mosley Street Melodrama will present an uncensored performance of the play at a date to be determined during that run.

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Public Theater’s new Tony-winning production of HAIR arrives in Wichita for three performances on March 18, 19, 20 at Century II. The classic and controversial musical examines a group of youths searching for peace and love in turbulent times. HAIR was first staged off Broadway in 1967 and has undergone several revivals in subsequent decades in addition to being adapted for film in 1979.

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents Violet March 6-9. Violet is based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts and set in 1964 in the deep south. The story follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman scarred by an accident as a young girl. One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 1990’s, Violet is currently being staged on Broadway in a production starring Sutton Foster. This production is directed by guest director Stephen Kopel .

Now through February 22, the Crown Uptown presents Godspell. Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz that paints a portrait with various musical parables from the Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them lessons through song and dance featuring a wide range of musical genres including bluegrass, R&B and rock and roll.