Auditions for OUTSIDE MULLINGAR by John Patrick Shanley are May 14 and 15

Auditions are from 1-3 each day. Roles: Anthony and Rosemary mid-30’s to mid-40’s; Tony and Aoife mid’60’s and up. Irish accents are required.  The production runs July 13-24.  Directed by Kathleen Barbara

Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

GOLDIE’S BAR – new dates – May 6 and 7 at 8pm

 

GOLDIE’S BAR, an original script by Mary Lou Phipps-Winfrey, is a fundraiser to improve WCT lighting equipment. Mary Lou is a local actor, director and playwright.

“I wrote GOLDIE’S BAR to remind myself of all the warm, funny folks I’ve met over the years in small towns. Some are relatives who were delightful characters.”

In small towns people often have nicknames such as “Squirrel”, “Sweet Pea”, “Silk Hat” and many more. Mary Lou added some of the characters she developed when she lived and performed improvisation with Shock of the Funny in NYC. Glenn Williams, a local actor, is co-starring with Mary Lou.

All in all GOLDIE’S BAR is slice of life from a small town tavern in Waverly (where there’s a sign of a hand waving at motorists).

There is audience participation. But don’t worry, what happens at Goldie’s stays at Goldie’s.

Fundraiser performances are at 8 pm. Tickets for this Fundraiser are $30 per person(sales tax included). Beer and wine are included in the admission. 18 to enter and 21 to drink. Call for reservations: 316-686-1282.

Facts about ICTArtDOG and a huge thank you to the Wichita Community Foundation

WHAT IS ARTDOG? Wichita ArtDOG is a 24-hour online fundraising event created to rally community support for local arts organizations. This one-day fundraiser is a project of the Wichita Community Foundation. The event is on April 29, 2016, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE? The Wichita Community Foundation brings this event to the area with several goals in mind, including:

1) To raise awareness of the current needs of arts organizations in the community

2) To encourage local arts nonprofits to learn how to use digital tools

3) To inspire donors to increase financial support of their favorite local arts organizations

WHO’S BEHIND THIS? The Wichita Community Foundation is leading the campaign. Various partners and sponsors can be viewed on ICTArtDOG.org. WCF is the catalyst that creates lasting legacies by partnering with people, families and organizations to devote resources to causes that matter.

2015 Results – $1,178,100 donated – 1,015 donors – 55 arts organizations involved – 47% increase of dollars donated from 2014

 

“Enchanted April” -Who wouldn’t want to run away to Italy? (April 20-May 1)

Matthew Barber read Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel (her 14th anonymous novel printed in 1922) and from it created the play, Enchanted April. The novelist was born Mary Annette Beauchamp in 1866 Australia, she had come of age in Victorian London, married the Prussian aristocrat Count Henning von Arnim-Schlagenthin (whom she’d met on an Italian holiday), and dutifully bore him three children in three years.  Mary quickly found country life, marriage, and motherhood exceedingly tedious, and in 1898 shockingly said as much in her bitingly humorous. The book was a sensation.

As a play, it was a 2003 John Gassner Award winner—Outstanding New American Play and 2003 Tony Award Nominee—Best Play.

The play Enchanted April isn’t about running away from everyday life to someplace beautiful; it’s about awakening to the beauty that’s already around us.” —Naples Daily News

When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine all four women bloom again. They rediscover laughter, learn new truths about themselves and find the romance they long for in their lives.

Directed by Dan Schuster for the second time. He originally directed this love note in our 2004-2005 season.  The cast includes: Sydney Anderson, Sheena Monroe,Mark Schuster, Kenneth J Mitchell, Christy Campbell, Mary Tush Green, Crystal Meek, and Cody Green.

Stage Manager – Dylan Harris, Costumes – Jane Tanner, Props and Set Decoration – Louise Brinegar and Crystal Meek, Lights – Robert Ryder, Sound – Schuster Brothers

ArtDOG is April 29th

ArtDOG: A New Day for the Arts in Wichita

ArtDogICT Art Day of Giving (aka ArtDOG) is a 24-hour online fundraising event starting at 12:01 am to 11:59 pm only on April 29, 2016.

 ArtDOG not only raises awareness of the incredible variety of arts in Wichita but allows you to donate to your favorite arts organization over a single 24-hour period.

 HOW DOES IT WORK?

Donors visit ICTArtDOG.org on April 29th and donate to your favorite non-profit arts organization/s.  Donations are tax deductible, and each donor receives a charitable contribution receipt by e-mail.

 Wichita Community Theatre is a registered non-profit for ArtDOG. Help WCT improve our stage lighting with your generous donations.

ArtDOG is a project of the Wichita Community Foundation. The Premier Partner is Spirit AeroSystems.

 

Our Historic 70th Anniversary 2015-2016 Season

2015-2016 Season (Our 70th Anniversary Season!)

ENCHANTED APRIL by Matthew Barber from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim April 20 – May 1, 2016 Rating: PG
When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again—rediscovering themselves in ways that they—and we—could never have expected.

GOLDIE’S BAR by Mary Lou Phipps-Winfrey RESCHEDULED TO May 6-7 Rating: PG

Goldie’s Bar is a fundraiser for Wichita Community Theatre.  The comedy will feature characters that Mary Lou developed while in NYC performing with the improvisation troupe, “Shock of the Funny.” It is an interactive play which will involve the audience.  Have no fear. What happens at Goldie’s Bar, stays at Goldie’s Bar.

Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore 

Due to a necessary upgrade to our electrical equipment, Breaking the Code, will not be performed in our 2015-2016 but will appear in a future season.

Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley July 13 – 24, 2016 Rating: PG
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

[title of show] Lyrics by Jeff Bowen; Book by Hunter Bell August 10 – 14, 2016 Rating: MA
Two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. Problem is, the submission deadline is a short three weeks away.  Jeff eventually suggest to write about what to write about. They agree to write up to the festival deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show] – taken from the space on the festival application form which asks for [title of show] – follows Hunter, Jeff and their friends through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. [title of show] is above all a love letter to musical theatre – a uniquely American art form – and to the joy of collaboration. The musical received a Tony Award nomination for “Best Book of a Musical” in 2009.