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On Stage This Fall

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Dan Norman
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Courtesy Wichita Grand Opera

The Wichita Grand Opera is open for single tickets beginning Oct. 1. Their 2019-20 season includes All is Calm, The Christmas Truce of 1914; a Valentine-themed Big Band night; Don Giovanni; and Candide.

Their first production, All is Calm, is based on the actual Christmas truce that took place in 1914 on Christmas Eve, when German soldiers of World War I left their trenches and approached the Allied Forces for a brief celebration of the holiday. The soldiers exchanged gifts of cigarettes and food, they sang carols, they played soccer, they shook hands, they buried their dead. It was the last time civility was allowed on the modern battlefield.

Elsewhere in town, if September puts you in the mood for all things autumn, including Halloween, hop on your broomstick and zip over to Mosley Street Melodrama, where you can enjoy the latest original script out of Mosley: Harry Squatter and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, written and directed by Ryan Schafer and Molly Tully. Harry Squatter and his friends are in college, but they're still having adventures! It is onstage now to Nov. 4.

And at the Kechi Playhouse, Fireflies is onstage from Oct. 4 to 27.  Adapted by Matthew Barber from the novel “Eleanor and Abel,” by Annette Sanford, the plot pits a retired schoolteacher against a silver-tongued handyman. Fireflies wonders if love that comes late in life is to be trusted, and if a safe, respectable life is really such a wonderful thing.

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.