Wichita Live Theatre Spring Preview 2021
As we move more fully into 2021 and the COVID vaccine becomes more available, some of Wichita's live theatres are finding ways to put on shows again while looking out for public safety. Some are changing the types of shows they produce to allow for small casts. Others are changing venues, taking shows outdoors, or offering virtual alternatives.
Theatres are operating at significantly reduced capacity to allow for social distancing, so reservations are recommended and often required. Schedules may change, so we recommend confirming details prior to the show date.
Without further ado, here's the current Wichita live theatre lineup for Spring 2021!
Roxy's Downtown is doing something different for the first half of its 2021 season. Instead of its slate of musicals (which are difficult due to COVID restrictions) they are focusing instead on intimate, small-cast, relationship-driven plays. From March 11–28, see "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks." This two-person show chronicles the growing friendship between the aging wife of a Baptist minister and the acerbic gay man she hires to give her dance lessons.
Next up is the Tony nominated and Drama Desk award winning "Same Time, Next Year," which charts the clandestine 24 year relationship between a New Jersey accountant and an Oakland housewife. It runs April 8–25. Finishing out the first half of the season is the deeply moving classic "On Golden Pond," running May 6–June 6.
Mosley Street Melodrama
For a fun night out, a show at Mosley Street Melodrama in Old Town is the ticket. You'll be in stitches all though the audience-interactive comedy—written by a local author!—then humming and toe-tapping along during the musical comedy revue that follows. See "EGADS! A Fate Worse than Death" by Kyle Vespestad and Monte Wheeler from April 2–May 15, and "Suburban Cowboy" by Carol Hughes from May 28–July 10.
Wichita Community Theatre
Wichita Community Theatre continues its 2020–2021 season with two dramas. "Stop Kiss" by Diana Son tells the story of two young women in New York who discover their love for one another and share a first kiss, which is followed by a vicious attack by an angry bystander. This play explores the depth of human emotion and compassion. It runs April 8–18. Next is "The Diary of Anne Frank" from May 13–23.
"Don Giovanni" by Wichita Grand Opera
Spring is back and so is opera! Join the Wichita Grand Opera for a semi-staged production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" May 27, 28 and 30. This darkly comedic drama takes you through a day in the life of the infamous lover, Don Giovanni, as he seeks conquests and finds his demise.
"White Noise" at Kechi Playhouse
Missed the world premiere of "White Noise" last fall? Or did you love it so much you want to see it again? Here's your chance! Kechi Playhouse is bringing back this original mystery by Storme Maynard starting June 4. A troubled marine biologist is in town as a guest lecturer when strange things begin to happen. What in her past has come forward to haunt her?
What do you want to see?
Which live theatre shows in Wichita are on your must-see list? Any reviews or recommendations? Let us know!