He shot an arrow through the apple which was on his son’s head. It was a test of an archer’s loyalty. But the creation of the opera, William Tell, is a test of talent for the singers. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc reports.
It is a rare experience – not once in a lifetime – but once in a great while, that we get the opportunity to see a production of William Tell. It has an epic scale of staging, almost operatic; but it is the difficulty and complexity of the music which really puts it beyond the reach of many companies. Not for the Wichita Grand Opera. The WGO takes on William Tell!
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.
The Crown Uptown Theatre continues its run of Cats. The musical is Broadway’s second longest running show in history and fourth longest running production in London’s West End history. This show is an audience favorite and is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Cats tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heavyside Layer and come back to a new life.
This is the final week to see Hairspray at the Crown Uptown. Throughout August the theatre will present Spring Awakening. Winner of eight 2007 Tony Awards, including those for best musical, direction, book and score. Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play by the same name. Set in late-19th century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of transitioning to adulthood. And in September the Crown presents Cats.
July 10 sees the opening of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The King and I at Music Theatre of Wichita. Based on Margaret Landon’s Anna and the King of Siam this production features memorable numbers such as “Getting To Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Something Wonderful.”
Tony-nominated, Olivier Award-winning actress Karla Burns is starring in the title role as Dolly Levi in the Broadway classic "Hello, Dolly!" at Wichita’s Forum Theatre. Actor Huron Breaux portrays Horace Vandergelder, the object of Dolly’s affection.