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Music Theatre Wichita performs live again in 2021!

As we begin 2021, we are filled with optimism. While the past year has devastated the performing arts, you made it possible for us to carry on and dream of a better year. With more knowledge about how COVID spreads, and more tools for keeping our patrons and employees safe, we believe 2021 can be a bridge season to something that looks like the summer seasons we've come to expect during the past 50 years! We are thrilled to announce live and in-person theatrical events for 2021. And since outdoor performances are unquestionably safer, we are expanding our season into the more temperate months.

Instead of five summer shows, the MTWichita 50th Anniversary will offer you SEVEN evenings of musical entertainment! You can see the wide range of programming you are invited to experience, along with some of the talented artists excited to return to Wichita.

Several of our performances will be held at the beautiful Capitol Federal Amphitheatre in Andover, Music Theatre Wichita's outdoor home for 2021! This dynamic new facility, with its dramatic lighting, large video screens, and spacious lawn seating, is situated in a beautifully manicured, easily accessible public park with free parking. This outdoor venue not only provides a spectacular viewing environment, but also offers the ultimate in safety for performers, musicians, and patrons. (If you should determine that outdoor events will not work for you, there will still be several indoor options during the season.)

In this our 50th Anniversary Season, you'll see many of the "old" friends you've come to love seeing on stage, and evidence of the talent you've helped Music Theatre Wichita cultivate. We're proud, grateful to all of you, and incredibly excited to put on live performances for you once again.

If you are a season ticket holder, information is headed to you via mail and email. If you are not a season ticket holder, sign up here to be first in line when we start selling a limited number of All-Access passes. Or, watch for announcements later this year to purchase single tickets.

Here's to seeing you, live and in-person, in 2021!

Wayne BryanBrian J. Marcum
Producing DirectorArtistic Director

COVID-19 Update (as of 11.17.2020)

Music Theatre Wichita is committed to finding ways to produce live theatre and protect our audiences and employees, as we all work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

We will follow recommendations from the CDC, KDHE, and the Sedgwick County Board of Health. We are also exercising diligence in thoughtful planning for large gatherings. While not comprehensive, the list below includes considerations MTWichita is weighing.
For Audiences:

  • Venue cleaning practices, including disinfecting
  • Outdoor performances in months with temperate weather
  • Airflow in indoor venues - is it adequate?
  • Touchless entry, including ticket scanners and print-from-home ticket capabilities
  • Socially distanced seating
  • Masks where distancing is not possible
  • Directing ingress and egress
  • Intermission-less performances

For Actors and Technicians:

  • Safe rehearsals and performances through distancing
  • Disinfecting and cleaning of rehearsal and performance spaces
  • Routine COVID-19 testing
  • Mask wearing whenever possible
  • Split work and rehearsal schedules
  • Operating a show "bubble"
  • Adjustments to costuming, hair, and makeup procedures

Do you have input for us or ideas about how to accomplish our goals of safe, live theatre? Send us your thoughts.

The rich legacy of the Musical Theatre owes much to the contributions of Americans of all backgrounds and races. Music Theatre Wichita specifically treasures its ongoing collaborations with black performers, musicians, technicians, directors, choreographers, and designers. We emphatically support and stand with our black friends, both artists and patrons, at this very difficult time.

There is a rich tradition of advocacy for social justice, in the arts and in musical theatre particularly. This week, we challenge you and ourselves to take steps beyond that of posting and sharing on social media platforms: work to further educate yourself on the systemic inequalities in our nation, write and call your leaders, donate to those who are making a difference, use what privilege you have for good.

In the musical theatre, we are problem-solvers and doers and community builders. Let's use what we have to make some changes. Black Lives Matter.

Century II

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