2020 Season (Updated 4.2.2020)
We at Music Theatre Wichita hope you are all staying safe and healthy, and we very much look forward to sharing time with you again soon. Our audiences are the reason we continually strive to surpass whatever we have achieved in the past. We cannot express too strongly how much we appreciate your belief in our programs and in our young people, and we remain thoroughly committed to providing you the high quality entertainment and unparalleled learning experiences that have been our trademark for half a century.
Our lean staff of 9 full-time employees (much smaller than other theatres who create large-scale productions) has been able to stay flexible and nimble as we navigate a variety of scenarios moving forward.
You may be aware that Century II is currently closed through April and possibly longer. And certainly everyone is aware that large public gatherings are very sensibly forbidden for the time being. (“There’s No Business in Show Business” right now!)
Normally our technical crew would be starting to build scenery and costumes in May, and our actors would be arriving in early June. Under the current circumstances, all of our technicians and actors have been put on hold, and we’ve made the decision to postpone the June performances.
However, we remain unwavering in our commitment to bring you five outstanding musical programs. It’s just that “summer” may go for a few extra months this year!
Ideally, some sense of normalcy may begin to reappear in late May or June, and hopefully we will be able to produce 3 or 4 shows during July and August. Beyond those months, we will explore open dates in Century II to create additional entertainment for you in the fall or winter. We will explore all options to bring you a full season of great entertainment.
(Through the years, many people have said they wished we ran all year. Maybe this will be the year that we end up doing just that!)
We have fantastically loyal patrons, donors, sponsors, and volunteers. We will need every bit of that loyalty over the next couple of years, but we truly believe that live theatre has a vital role in our community.
We look forward to seeing you all when it's safe to do so! When we have news about pre-season events and dates we will put single tickets on sale, you will be the first to hear.
|Wayne Bryan||Angela Cassette|
|Producing Artistic Director||Managing Director|
COVID-19 (Updated 3.25.2020)
Each day now, our inboxes are filled with news from various organizations as they determine how they can adapt to the challenges of the global health crisis. Of course Music Theatre Wichita, with its upcoming summer performance schedule and its seasonal employment of hundreds of talented young people, has not been exempted from these concerns.
Recently, our pre-season auditions were cut short, and the Century II complex which is home for both our offices and our performances is currently closed (although we are all working from our homes as we make plans for the coming season).
We feel strongly that Music Theatre Wichita will have a vital role to play in bringing joy and community spirit back to Wichita, just as soon as we all can emerge from the health concerns which must presently be our main focus.
We pride ourselves on being an organization that is creative and flexible, and while there is much that remains unknown in the coming weeks, we are committed to providing services to our loyal patrons throughout this unique year.
We promise to be forthcoming and candid, and to keep you informed of any changes as soon as possible in the coming weeks. And we are grateful for your flexibility with us, as we fulfill our missions of entertainment and education within the safest possible guidelines for our patrons and our talented workers.
Here at Music Theatre Wichita, a task force has been assembled to help our board and staff make decisions in the weeks ahead. We’re also in close contact with other performing arts venues and
theatres, and we are learning from those in cities experiencing outbreaks right now.
We are grateful for frequent communication from the City of Wichita staff as we all work together to comply with requirements and recommendations from the state, the county, and the CDC.
Although Century II is closed to the public, we are still available to answer phones (316.265.3253), and to answer emails.
We’ll keep updates forthcoming on our website. In the meantime, the choruses of “You’re the One That I Want” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard” are a length that fits with the CDC hand washing guidelines, so you can prepare for the season while keeping germs at bay.
Please take care.
Please click here to view our public statements on Century II.