Auditions for Reading the Obits, a Comedy by Mary Lou Phipps-Winfrey

Auditions will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21 from 2-5 pm both days at WCT, 258 N. Fountain.  Roles are available for 6 women and 3 men of varying ages from 20-80. Production runs July 19-30. Directed by Dana Miotto.

This original comedy is fun & entertaining, but also insightful into the difference between life plans (practical, comfortable) and life dreams (unpredictable, scary, exciting) & how people ultimately want to be remembered. One character notes: “I don’t think anybody cares what school I graduated from. I want them to know who I was and what I was like.”

Ellen is a middle-aged wife and mom who is fascinated with newspaper obituaries of strangers. These mini-biographies inspire her to read between the lines and imagine what their lives — and loves — may have been like. Her husband thinks her “hobby” is sort of eccentric. But her college student daughter pronounces it “creepy” and “vampirish.”

Even Ellen’s close circle of friends ridicule the idea — until she sparks their curiosity and opens the door to communication about uneasy topics like death, funerals and memorials. Her friends begin to open up and reflect on their own lives, values, accomplishments, dreams and ultimate legacies.

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Cast for Smell of the Kill

Cast for Smell of the Kill

Nicky…Charlene Grinsell
Debra…Darian Leatherman
Molly…Jessica Heidrick
Husband voices…Mark Heidrick, Mark Schuster & Greg Dalton-White

Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands—and chill. During a once-a-month dinner, the women exchange confidences and reveal their marriages are on the brink of disaster. The unseen husbands’ survival depends on each woman’s choice in this black comedy.
Performances run June 7-18, 2017 and  are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 and  a 2pm matinee on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Tickets are $14 or $12 for military/senior/students. There is a special opening night ticket price of $10 for all on March 8, only. Call for reservations 316-686-1282. Wichita Community Theatre is located at 258 N. Fountain.

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Reader’s Theater Series

We are submissions for our 13-17 age group.  Remember please that you must have lived in Kansas or are currently living in Kansas to qualify for the contest.  The Reader’s Theatre committee of the Wichita Community Theatre would like to invite Kansas playwrights to enter their 2017 search for full-length plays, with one contest focusing on writers aged 13-17.  The prize is a public reading.
Teen writers have until May 1st, 2017 to finish and submit their plays.
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Direct at Wichita Community Theatre

We are welcoming anyone to apply for our 2017-2018 Season.

Directors are selected by the committee based on but not limited to the following:

 Directing resume

 Interview

 References

 Availability

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