On Stage

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If you've ever thought, “Say, I'd like to support higher education in Kansas while also laughing and having a good time,” you are just the audience member Gridiron is looking for. This Wichita tradition has been putting musical sketch comedy skewering local leaders and the news on stage for longer than any other show of its kind in the United States.

Nothing says spring is on the way like a musical, and Waitress is a musical that is all about growth and change. 

Whether you are blissfully wedded or still pitching woo, the Wichita Grand Opera offers a Valentine's Day celebration unlike any other you'll find in the city. 

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You could be forgiven if you thought Tom Stoppard, at the age of 81, had given up writing for the stage, but you would also be wrong. Leopoldstadt is his latest and is set in 1900 Vienna, the Jewish quarter, and follows the fortunes of a successful Jewish family who have escaped the pogroms. 

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When words are not enough, we turn to music to express our deepest, most complicated feelings. Bandstand, an original musical composed by Richard Oberacker, with lyrics and book by Oberacker with Robert Taylor, is just such a musical.

Tickets are going very fast for A Very Crown Christmas, onstage at The Crown Uptown. For the price of admission, audience members will select a buffet dinner, then see a musical revue that features the talents of several of our city's favorite performers. Join Madi White, Cindy Summers, Jenny Mitchell, Kyle Vespestad, Ryan Schafer, and John Bates, under the direction of Patty Reeder, in an evening of comedy, music, and fun. A Very Crown Christmas runs through December 28.

As we round the corner of Thanksgiving and head straight into the holiday season, you may be wondering how you're going to manage the sudden influx of calories, but fear not! Studies have shown that an hour of hearty laughter burns around 100 calories—that's about the same as vacuuming for 45 minutes or lifting weights for half an hour. So go ahead and indulge a little, then treat yourself to some comedy.

The Nutcracker season is in full swing.

Fans of science fiction and humor will be pleased to know the Orpheum Theatre is host to Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour. Based on the Peabody Award-winning television hit, the show features original host and creator of the show, Joel Hodgson, as well as trash-talking robots Crow, Gypsy, and Tom Servo, as they joke their way through the cheesiest movies the universe has ever seen.

Wichita State University's Opera Theater is teaming up with the university’s Wind Ensemble for the semi-stage premiere of The Path to Heaven. This one-act opera follows the changing fortunes of a family fighting to make it through the Holocaust. You can see it at Miller Concert Hall on November 15th and November 17th.

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