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ABILENE Great Plains Theatre Festival. Tietjens Center for Performing Arts. (785) 263–4574. 300 N. Mulberry.  Abiline, KS 67410 Civic Center. Community Dinner Theater Production. (785) 263–7266. 1-888-222-4574

ATCHISON Theatre Atchison. 401 Santa Fe, Atchison, KS 66002 Phone: (913) 367–1647; Box Office Phone: (913) 367–7469 (SHOW) Fax: (913) 367–7469 E–mail: theatre@journey.com
AUGUSTA Augusta Theater (316) 775–3661 / 523 State

The Better Than Fair Players began at the Wyandotte County Fair in 1995, premiering with the melodrama Egad, What A Cad! After taking a year off to re-group and plan, under the direction of John and Kathie Robison, the BTF Players took its show to Bonner Springs to be a part of the annual Tiblow Days celebration with another melodrama, Curse You, Jack Dalton. They came back to Tiblow Days in 1998 with Damsel of the Desert and made their debut in the annual Tiblow Days parade. The group also played an encore performance at the Monticello United Methodist Church. 1999 was another successful year for the group. Directors John and Kathie Robison wrote an original melodrama, Apple of My Eye, which met with a lot of success! Email: Better Than Fair or phone: 441-6934.
CHANUTE Chanute Community Theatre PO Box 371, Chanute, KS 66720. Phone: (316) 431–3213. E–mail: bushnellr@usd413.k12.ks.us
COFFEYVILLE Coffeyville Community Theater. (316) 251–1194 or (800) 626–3351.
The Coffeyville Community College Theatre Department can be reached by calling Mark Frank, Theatre Director at 620-251-7700 Ext 2145.
All plays and improv shows are held in THE SPENCER/ROUNDS PERFORMING ARTS THEATRE on campus. Plays and musicals are $5 for adults $3 for students. Improv shows are free. We offer Kansas scholarships of tution and books and have a the biggest community college Theatre Department in the state with 65 students (20 majors)

Visit the college website at www.ccc.cc.ks.us or visit http://www.ccc.cc.ks.us/Academics/Programs_of_Study/Theatre/theatre.html

COLBY Colby Community College Theater
CONCORDIA Nunsence Jamboree. Brown Grand Theatre, 8 pm. Brown Grand Players muscial comedy. (785) 243–2553.
DERBY Derby Community Theatre began in 1987 as an outreach of the Derby Community Education Foundation in an effort to bring our community a greater awareness of and involvement in the performing arts. DCT was incorporated in 1989, and in early 1990, granted classification as an official Non–Profit Organization by the State of Kansas.
DODGE CITY The Boot Hill Repertory Company in Dodge City, Kansas, is a community dinner theater, which produces shows in October, February, and April of each year, with additional productions at christmas and from mid-June through july each summer. For schedule and ticket information, call (316) 225-1001 or e-mail repco@pld.com
EMPORIA Emporia State University Summer Theatre, Bruder Theatre, 1200 Commercial St.; 8 pm. Info. (316) 341–5454 for info, (316) 342–5374 for box office. 

GARDEN CITY Garden City Community Theater. Garden City Community College Fine Arts Auditorium; Fri. 8 pm., Sat. 2 & 8 pm., Sun. 2 pm., (316) 276–7611. 310 N 6th St, Garden City, KS 67846–5503. Phone: (316) 276–1200 Box Office Phone: (316) 276–1200 Fax: (316) 276–1203 E–mail: city.rec@genet.com
GREAT BEND Great Bend Community Theatre, Inc. 1908 Lakin St. Phone (620) 792-4228. Occupies the historic Crest Theatre. See www.gbct.net
FORT SCOTT Town Company Melodrama. Fort Scott. (800) 245–3678, (316) 223–0830. Downtown; Fri. & Sat. evenings. Enjoy light-hearted fun for the entire family as you boo, hiss & cheer the heroines and villains Fri. & Sat. Evenings in the heart of downtown Fort Scott.
HUTCHINSON Mainstreet Melodrama & Talent Competition. Flag Theatre; $6/adults, $5/Srs., $4/children 12–2. For information, (316) 662–7469. Tickets available at door and Crossroads Bookstore, (316) 662–1205.

Family Children's Theatre, Flag Theatre; $8/adults, $6/seniors., $5/children 12–2. For information, (620) 662–7469. Tickets available at door. www.familychildrenstheater.com

Hutchinson Theatre Guild. Tickets $6/adults, $5/seniors & Children. PO Box 993, Hutchinson, KS 67504–0993 Fax: (620) 669–6665, www.hutchinsontheatreguild.com

INDEPENDENCE The annual William Inge Theatre Festival and Conference is a nationally recognized event held each April since 1982 on the campus of Independence Community College. Over a three-day period, students, area citizens, and nationally known playwrights, actors, directors and theatre personalities celebrate the works of Inge and other famous playwrights.

The Theatre Department offers students theatrical experience by producing two major plays, a one-act play competition (directed by students), and the annual nationally recognized William Inge Festival. Workshops, lectures and programs at the Festival feature major playwrights and actors.

KANSAS CITY ACT One The Academy of Christian Theatre provides theater training and performance opportunities for children ages 6-9.

Starlight Theater box office, (800) 776–1730 and University of Missouri-Kansas City box office, (888) 286–4849.

Granada Theatre. 1015 Minnesota — Kansas City, KS. (785) 621–2232

Missouri Repertory Theatre. Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry, (816) 235–2700.

Coterie Theater. 1st level Crown Center 2450 Grand Ave., (816) 474–6552.

American Heartland Theatre. Crown Center Shops 2450 Grand, Level 3, (816) 842–9999.

Theater League. Music Hall, 301 W. 13th.

Avenue of the Arts. Central Street from 8th to 13th

Gem Theater Cultural & Performing Arts Center 1601 E. 18th, Suite 320, (816) 842–4538.

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival 4800 Main, Suite 402. (816) 531–7728, (888) 286–4849. Southmoreland Park, 47th and Oak, KCMO.

Midland Theater. 1228 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64105. Performing Arts, Historical Societies and Activities, Space Rental. (816) 471-9703 Fax: (816) 221-1127

Northgate Community Theater. Maple Woods College, 2601 NE Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64156–1299 (816) 437–3000.

Unicorn Theater. Season schedule, current events, ticket info and forum. Take a look at what Kansas City's "theatre on the edge" has to offer. 3828 Main Street. Info. (816) 531–7529 ext. 10.

Wynadotte Players. Kansas City Community College; 8 pm., Sun. 2:30 pm., $5–$8. (913) 621–2047.

Christian Youth Theater CYT has 3 locations in the Kansas City metro area in Gladstone, Lee's Summit and Overland Park. We provide classes in theater arts including dance, voice and drama. We also put on 9 productions per year and offer day and overnight summer camps for kids between the ages of 6 and 18. We have a leadership development program for older kids called HYPE and a Kids Integrated Together (KIT) program to integrate special needs children into our classes and productions. For more information, individuals may visit our website at http://www.cytkc.org or call 913-681-3318. CYT was formed in 1981 in San Diego, California and has grown to be the largest youth theater in the nation. CYT Kansas City was founded in 1999 and has 3 metro locations to serve Kansas City's north, east and south communities. Dedicated to arts training and production of high quality musical theater, CYT is "Developing character,one stage at a time."

KECHI KECHIKechi Playhouse, 61st Street North and Oliver. Year 2000 season starts with "The Good Doctor" June 1-25, The short stories of Chekhov are brought to life through the comic genius of Neil Simon. "The Lone Star Love Potion" June 29-July 30, A fast paced, naughty romp -- Texas style. "A Gown For His Mistress" August 3-27. A fun filled French farce with complications. "Over the River and Through the Woods" August 31-Suptember 25, Four Italian grandparents play matchmaker to keep their grandson from moving away. "The Glass Menagerie" Sept 28-Oct 29, Tennessee Williams's hauntingly lovely classic is a perfect ending for our 18th year. Nov. 3-4-5 reading of a new paly "Temporary Insanity" by Andrew Bennett. Seventeen years have come and gone since the Playhouse was opened in 1983. During that time 84 shows have been mounted on our stage for a total of 1,411 performances. The talents of 294 actors have been showcased at the Playhouse. Reservations recommended 744-2152.
KIOWA Kiowa Community Center — Borderline Dinner Theater (Melodrama, twice yearly with an afternoon matinee) Contact: Kiowa Public Library (620) 825-4630  123 N. Seventh / Kiowa, KS 67070
LAWRENCE Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall, Kansas University. Adm. 785/864–3982.

 Imagination Workshop. Liberty Hall, 642 Massachusetts St.; 5 & 8pm. Radio sketches and comedy satire.. Sponsored by KANU-FMA 91.5. Adm. Tickets at Liberty Hall, (785) 749–1972 and TicketMaster.

Lawrence Community Theatre. Enjoy the FUN of live theatre in an intimate setting! Don't take a chance that you might miss any of the comedy, the music or the drama! Come to Lawrence Community Theatre where no seat is ever more than twenty feet from the action. With a thrust stage, surrounded on three sides by tiered seating, your theatre view will always be close and unobstructed. Our relaxed informal atmosphere also makes the Theatre a great place to meet friends. At intermission visit the Gladys Six Green Room where you can chat, sample luscious desserts, sip a glass of wine, enjoy a favorite beverage and view exhibits of work by local artists. Lawrence Community Theatre will help make your evening out special! 1501 New Hampshire, PO Box 3205, Lawrence, KS 66046 – Phone: (785) 843-7469, Fax: (785) 832-0695. Send email to lctks@aol.com.

Lied Center of Kansas. 15th and Iowa (Kansas University Campus) Season: September–May (913) 864–2787

University of Kansas Theatre. 15th and Naismith (Murphy Hall, KU campus) Season: Late September–Early May

Lawrence Arts Center 300 seat theater. Home of Professional Touring Companies: Seem-to-Be Players, Prairie Wind Dancers; and 1st Saturday Players, Improv Group The Improbables, City Youth Theatre, Summer Youth Theatre and English Alternative Theatre.
Lee A. Saylor, Technical Director
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire
Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 843-2787
WWW: www.lawrenceartscenter.com
LEAVENWORTH The Performing Arts Center, 5th & Delaware St; 8 PM Presented by the River City Community Players. Tickets: (913) 682-7557. More information: (913) 651-7649, rccp@kc.rr.com or visit the web site at http://home.kc.rr.com.

Community Cultural Council. Saint Mary College — 4100 S. 4th St. Season: September–April (913) 684–2580

River City Community Players. 5th and Delaware — (913) 682–7557

Saint Mary College Drama Department, Saint Mary College — 4100 S. 4th St. — Season: October–April (913) 758–6152

SMC Children's Theatre Company. Saint Mary College — 4100 S. 4th St. — Season: November–March (913) 682–5151

LINDSBORG Swensson Park Bandshell. (785) 227–3706.
MANHATTAN KSU Theatre Productions KSU Theatre Productions.
MARYSVILLE M-Act — Marysville Area Community Theatre. PO Box 172, Marysville, KS 66508
McPHERSON Children's Theatre; 7 pm. (316) 241–6325.
MISSION Theatre for Young America. Mission Center, 4881 Johnson Drive, (913) 831–2131.
NEWTON The Harvey County Music Festival. Newton Carriage Gallery; 7:30 pm. "How the West Was fed" is dinner theatre based on the Harvey Girl story. (316) 284–5264.
OLATHE Olathe Community Theatre. 500 E. Loula — Season: Late July–Mid May (913) 782–2990
OVERLAND PARK Barn Players. 8621 West 95th St. — Overland Park, KS Season: June–Late August (913) 381–4004

New Theatre Restaurant The New Theatre Restaurant is the only year round, professional Equity theatre in the state of Kansas. Dennis D. Hennessy and Richard Carrothers have been recognized in the WALL STREET JOURNAL as "the best in their business". In 1993, The New Theatre Restaurant was presented The Blue Chip Award by the United States Chamber of Commerce. 9229 Foster, (913) 649–7469. (913) 649–0103 ext. 116 or 118.

Overland Stage. focuses on works by American playwrights and provides a showcase opportunity for local actors. Cultural Education Center (CEC) Recital Hall. Johnson County Community College, 12345 College and Quivira Rd. (913) 469–4445. Quality Hill Cabarets, Broadway Cabaret Series 8:00 pm CEC Location The Theatre, Stage Left Series.

 Theatre in the Park draws more that 90,000 people a year making it one of the biggest attractions in the metro area. For more information contact: Johnson County Parks & Recreation 17501 Midland Dr., Shawnee, KS 66217 Phone: (913) 962–5699 Box Office Phone: (816) 464–9420 Fax: (913) 631–1164 

Starlight Theatre. Look here for unique outdoor entertainment, Broadway–style musicals, concerts and special events. Includes ticket availability.

OZAWKIE Dale Easton Barn Theatre, Apple Valley Farm, Ozawkie. Melodrama/Vaudville. Buffet available before show. $10/$9/$8. Call (888) 634–4219 for reservations or information. 
ROSE HILL Rose Hill Community Theatre The Rose Hill Community Theatre is a group of people from the Rose Hill surrounding area who put on shows for the entire community. Profits made from these shows go towards a scholarship and for following shows. The Rose Hill Community Theatre is here to provide an opportunity for local and surrounding talent of all kind to work together to bring entertainment and enjoyment to the community of Rose Hill. 
RUSSELL Russell Community Theatre is dedicated to bringing quality community theatre to Russell, Kansas and surrounding communities. Russell Community Theatre has been an integral part of the Russell community for more than 23 years.
SALINA Oakdale Stage. Annual free Shakespeare-in-the-Park production. (785) 823–3033.

Salina Community Theater, 303 E. Iron, PO Box 2305, Salina, KS 67402-2305.; Fri. 8 pm, Sat. 2 & 8 pm, Sun. 2 pm. Box Office; (785) 827–6126, Info., (785) 827–3033. Fax: (785) 827-6319
E–mail: staff@salinatheatre.com

SEDAN Howard County Players — The Sedan Theater Group — Gregg Theater
See: Sedan Area Chamber of Commerce (316) 725–5221.
SHAWNEE Theatre in the Park. Johnson County Parks & Recreation. Take the 87th Street or Midland Dirve exit from Interstate 435 in Lenexa. Lexena is near Highway 69 and Interstates 35, 435, and 70. 17501 Midland Dr, Shawnee, KS 66217 Phone: (913) 962–5699; Info: (913) 831-0293, Box Office Phone: (816) 464–9420 Fax: (913) 631–1164
SHAWNEE MISSION THEThe Barn Players Inc., a not-for-profit community theatre organization. The first theatre in Johnson County performing continually since 1955. Five shows a year performing temporarily at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and Town Hall, both in Shawnee, Kansas. Touring performances also. Scholarships for high school students interested in theatre available. Annual fall show a Scholarship Fund benefit. Contact: The Barn Players Inc., PO Box 12767, Shawnee Mission, KS 66282–2767. Phone (913) 381–4004. E–mail: rgodfrey@sound.net

Thespian Troupe #888 is an international organization associated with Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. This web-site is for members of the troupe for up-to-date-information, as well as others who are interested in the troupe's activities and all theatrical news from our high school.

TOPEKA Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy.
3028 S.W. 8th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66606. Business Office: (785) 357–5213 Box Office: (785) 357–5211 Group Sales: (785) 357–0513 Fax: (785) 357-5213. E-mail: tct@cjnetworks.com, web site: topekacivictheater.com
VALLEY CENTER Valley Center Players. VC High School auditorium. Dean Dellinger, (316) 755–1359. A Musical theater program is performed annually.

WAMEGO Wamego Columbian Theatre, Museum and Art Center, 521 Lincoln Ave., Wamego, KS 66547. The Columbian Theatre hosted vaudeville at the turn of the century. But in 1993, after a $1.8 million renovation, it reopened its doors as an elegant community theater. It's restored 1893 murals hung at Chicago's Columbian World Exposition. For information call (785) 456–2029 for reservations call (800) 899–1893.

 Peddicord Playhouse, The Columbian Dinner Theater. (785) 456–2029 or (800) 899–1893.

WATERVILLE Waterville Summer Theatre Association. 204 E Front St, Waterville, KS 66548. Phone: (785) 363–2766; Box Office Phone: (785) 363–2766
WELLINGTON Wellington Community Theater. Memorial Auditorium. Washington and Ninth. PO Box 573, Wellington, KS 67152-0573. Tickets $8., discounts available. Information, (316) 326–6346 or 326–4320. Fax: (316) 326-4390. E-mail: bturner@usd353.com
WICHITA Founded in 2002, Theatre On Consignment is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the production of experimental, off-beat theatrical works. Comedies and dramas are presented year-around, with an average of four productions per season. The group also presents its annual "Poorman's Theatre Festival", featuring new plays by local playwrights. Throughout the rest of its season, Theatre On Consignment prides itself on presenting an intense, personal theatrical experience in an intimate space, celebrating the intelligence of the actor, the vision of the director, the words of the playwright and the power of the theatre. See our website at: www.theatreonconsignment.com or e-mail us at Theatre On Consignment

Music Theatre of Wichita. Performances at Century II Concert Hall 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202 (316) 265-3107 (316) 265-3253. Guest stars from Broadway and Hollywood combine with a resident company of more than 250 to produce five summer shows of exceptional quality and excitement. Matinee and evening performances. Wed.–Fri. 8 pm, Sat. 2 & 8 pm, Sun. 2 & 7 pm. Call for listing of shows and ticket information. Adm. (316) 265–3107. The shows for this summer are; "My One and Only" June 7-11, "Evita" June 21-25, "The Pajama Game" July 5-9, "Rags" July 19-23, and "Singin' In The Rain" August 2-6.

Orpheum Performing Arts Centre, Ltd. 200 N. Broadway, Suite 102, Wichita, KS 67202 (316) 263-0884. The historic Orpheum Theatre opened in 1922 as a vaudeville house. It also presented silent moves, talkies and first run movies until 1976. The Orpheum, the first atmospheric theater built by architect John Eberson, is ornate from the decorative plaster to a starlit ceiling. The theater closed in 1976 but has operated partially since 1995. At the present time dramatic theater is staged, as well as movies, musicals; meetings and a variety of entertainment. The theater is under-going restoration but continues to be open. The theater seats 1400. Special group tours are available on request.

Stage One. 20th Century Center, 536 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor, Wichita, KS. 67214, (316) 262-5330. Performances at Century II's Mary Jane Teall Theater and the Art Museum's River Room. Connecting the Yellow Brick Road to the Great White Way, this theater for the development of new musicals produces a three show "new" musical series and a four show "words & music by" concert series. Shows feature professional guest artists and local talent from September through May. Matinee & evening performances.

Wichita Center for the Arts. 9112 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67206 (316) 634-2787. Professional and thought-provoking theater, off-stage productions for family, and cutting-edge film series. Extensive galleries host national and regional shows. Year-round school of visual arts. Call for current schedule. Gallery open Tuesday-Sunday, 1:00pm-5:00pm.

Wichita Children's Theatre and Dance Center. 201 Lulu, Wichita, KS 67211 (316) 262-2282. Many productions throughout the year produced for children and adults. Productions are staged at either the Wichita Children's Theatre or Century II Convention Center. Call for schedule.

Wichita Community Theatre. 258 N. Fountain Wichita, KS 67208 (316) 686-1282. Founded in 1923, Wichita Community Theatre is one of the oldest community theatres in the United States and the oldest in the Wichita area. WCT is an all volunteer theatre performing light comedy to drama, modern to classical—including our annual Shakespeare production. Performances are held year round. Group rates available for groups of 15 or more. Call for more information and season schedule.

Crown Uptown Theatre. 3207 E. Douglas; Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the doors open at 6:00 p.m., buffet is at 6:30 and the show starts at 8:00. Sunday evenings the doors open at 5:30 p.m., buffet is at 6:00 and the show starts at 7:15. Select Thursday Matinees the doors open at 11:00 a.m., buffet is at 11:30 and the show starts at 12:30. Friday and Saturday Matinees the doors open at 11:00 a.m., buffet is at 11:15 and the show starts at 12:15. For reservations or ticket information, call 685-1566.

The Drama Page This is the homepage of The First Salem Players, an acting troupe from First Salem United Church of Christ in Wichita, Kansas. We mainly perform melodramas, but also have produced dramas, comedies and musicals. There also are drama links.

Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley; Thurs.–Sat. 6:30 pm. Adm. (316) 263–0222.

Tapestry Performing Arts.. Tapestry Performing Arts seeks to promote a "Christian Approach to Fine Arts" nurturing people - not only as artists - but as people in need of God's love. Tapestry seeks to champion the rights of the artist, to encourage and support them in their craft (performing & Visual) and to create platforms and opportunities in a safe, caring environment. Tapestry is located in Wichita, Kansas. Please email us for phone and address information. WriteMe@Tapestryarts.com. Fax number: 603.719.4787

Wichita High School East Theatre Arts Wichita, KS. This site contains information on our academic program, productions (with photos), history, International Baccalaureate Theatre Arts classes, Thespian Club, alumni, and much more. Stop by for a visit! Email: theatre@onemain.com

Wichita State University. Mainstage plays are in Wilner Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Second Stage plays are in the Welsbacher Theatre in the Hughes Metroplex Center at Oliver and 29th streets and the CAC Theatre on campus. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Readers Theatre will be in Wilner Lounge at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. Sundays. The Connoisseur Theatre Event Idols of the King will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Concert Hall in Duerksen Fine Arts Center. The Opera/Musical Theatre production of Candide will be in Miller Concert Hall.

Senior Class ActsSenior Class Acts Senior Theatre at its best! A touring troupe of senior adult actors presenting shows by and for senior citizens in the Wichita metro area senior centers, residences, clubs and orgaizations. See calendar and info at: Senior Class Acts or email to Geraldine Hatcher, President
WINFIELD Winfield Community Theater. in Meyer Hall at Baden Square. In operation from October through April with expansion planned. For more information, call (620) 442–1610. See our website at www.winfieldcommtheatre.com .

Horsefeathers & Applesauce Dinner Theater, Southwestern College, 100 College St.; 6:30 pm. Two musicals, two plays. Groups welcome. "The best-dang dinner theatre this side of the Mississippi." Adm. (316) 221–8328 or (316) 221–7720.

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