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It's Summer and There's Plenty 'On Stage'

You know it is well and truly summer when lighthearted musicals fill stages across the country. In this season of theatrical plenty, you have enough choices to fill your plate and more.

On stage at Wichita's own Roxy's Downtown is a concoction of nostalgia and whimsy and dark comedy: the rock musical Fly By Night. It is the story of two sisters from North Dakota, one with big dreams of being a star, the other who dreams of the stars in the sky. The pair move to New York City, where they meet the sandwich maker, who forms the third point of this romantic triangle. A narrator leads the audience through the course of events, which occur over a year, culminating in the 1965 New York City blackout. Fly By Night is playing at Roxy's through July 16.

Also onstage is that tale as old as time, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Music Theatre of Wichita is presenting this beloved children's classic, the first of Disney's forays into adapting films to musical theatre, from June 29 to July 3, at  Century II. Children ages five and older are welcome to attend.

And at Mosley Street Melodrama, an original script by Carol Hughes, Sedgwick County Bandstand, sends up “American Bandstand” and “Dancing with the Stars.” This show runs through July 16. 

Sanda Moore Coleman received an MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University in 1991. Since then, she has been the arts and community editor for The Martha's Vineyard Times, a teaching fellow at Harvard University, and an assistant editor at Image. In 2011, she received the Maureen Egan Writers Exchange prize for fiction from Poets & Writers magazine. She has spent more than 30 years performing, reviewing, and writing for theatre.