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K-State Theatre is the only theatre program in Kansas that has this distinction.

K-State Theatre
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
109 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, KS 66506

K-State Theatre NEWS!

Individual show tickets are on sale!

Miss Julie
opens in the Purple Masque Theatre this Thursday,
Oct. 23, at 7:30 P.M.
and runs Friday and Saturday night.

Get your tickets at the McCain Box Office, or through the buy ticket link to the left.


K-State Theatre's 2014 - 2015 Season

Remaining Main Stage Season

Fall Semester 2014

Sweeney Todd

Nov. 6-8; 13-16
By Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Charlotte MacFarland; Dr. Paul Hunt, Musical Director; Dr. Amy Rosine, Vocal Director
Chapman Theatre

'Sweeney Todd' is a musical thriller about a 19th century London barber who goes on a murderous rampage. Todd was unjustly incarcerated in a penal colony for 15 years. However, when the show begins, Todd has managed to return to London and has come seeking revenge. He rents a room over the shop of Mrs. Lovett, the proprietress of a struggling pie shop. Todd's thirst for blood soon expands to include not only the judge but also his unfortunate customers.

Winter Dance '14

Dec. 4-6 at 7:30pm, Dec 6 at 2:30 pm
Chapman Theatre

Join us this holiday season as we present a showcase of exciting dance styles, including jazz, tap, modern and ballet. Talented K-State students will perform original pieces choreographed by faculty and advanced students.

Spring Semester 2015


Feb. 5-7; 12-15
By Lachlan Philpott (Australian Fulbright)
Directed by Jennifer Vellenga
Chapman Theatre

Enjoying the safety of their junkyard town, the people of Bustown happily wait for The Driver to return. But Axel and Cressida can’t stop thinking about Otherness. With a chain of keys in close reach, how long will they continue to wait? A vibrant exploration of small town life, Bustown questions the desperate move young people make to the city and the impact it has on the people and places they leave behind.

Hansel and Gretel – Opera

March 5 -7
Composer: Englbert Humperdinck
Librettist: Adelheid Wette
Directed by Dr. Reginald Pittman
McCain Auditorium

Hansel and Gretel are sent into the woods to gather strawberries after their mother finds them playing instead of working. They lose their way in the forest, fall asleep and in the morning they come upon a witch's gingerbread house. The which locks up Hansel and forces Gretel to work for her, but the children trick the witch in this classic tale told in operatic form.

Spring Dance ’15

March 27-28 at 7:30pm
McCain Auditorium

Celebrate the arrival of the most joyful time of the year with K-State dance as we present an evening of tap, jazz, ballet and modern dance pieces performed by our students. Dance faculty and a guest artist will choreograph a variety of exciting pieces.

You Can’t Take it with You

April 23-25; April 30-May 3, 2015
by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by TBA
Chapman Theatre

At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question.

Remaining Second Stage (Purple Masque) Season
Fall 2014

Miss Julie

Oct. 23-25, 2014
By August Strindberg
Directed by Fatmah Al-Qadfan
Purple Masque

In this new adaptation of Strindberg's classic drama, mistress of the house, Miss Julie, and her servant play a dangerous game of seduction in an effort to relieve themselves of their trapped existences. Using everything in their arsenals from sex to money, the two battle each other in a struggle for power and escape.

Spring 2015

Ebony Theatre: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Feb. 19-21, 2015
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Hannah Miller, Purple Masque

Vera Stark is a budding actress in an era where the only roles for African-American women are maids. When she is cast in the same Southern epic as her employer, an aging star grasping at her dwindling career, sparks fly. A hilarious satire of race in the glamorous days of Old Hollywood.

No Exit

April 16-18, 2015
By Jean Paul Sartre
Translated from French by Logan Jones
Directed by Logan Jones
Purple Masque

Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned. Here the soul is shorn of secrecy, and even the blackest deeds are mercilessly exposed to the fierce light of hell. It is an eternal torment.

Additional Student Projects

We are the Infidels
Jan. 29-31, 2015 at 7:30pm
by Joanna Abilama (Staged Reading)
Directed by Sally Bailey Purple Masque Theatre


By Jessie Greenfield (Staged Reading by Drama Therapy grad student) Directed by Cory Jennett



By Jessica Munoz Directed by Lavonne Canfield Purple Masque

March 6-7, 2015 Purple Masque