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A whole new way to HEAR THEATRE!

Even though we can't all be together in a room, we can still share the power of storytelling. Maybe now more than ever, we need the human connection that stories can give us. In a new partnership between the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the A. Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communciations, we are launching the "Kansas Theatre Works" podcast for our 2020-21 theatre season. Inspired by L.A. Theatre Works, a leader in audio theatre production, we will be presenting a season of plays by alumni playwrights (and Shakespeare--who is not an alumnus) and featuring Kansas State Theatre students and faculty. 
Experience theatre from the comfort and safety of your favorite listening device!

We'll post new episodes here as they arrive. Listen here or on your favorite podcast player.

 

 

Bonus materials

This week we have interviews with alumnni Charissa Bertels and Tim Aumiller. Hear them talk about their career paths as well as how they came to write musicals. Songs from Charissa's The Uncivil Ones and Tim's The Year After were featured as part of IN PROCESS: Creating Songs for the Stage produced by K-State Theatre which was performed in Memorial Stadium on April 9-10; a recording of that performance will be released as part of the KTW Podcast season on April 29.

Now Playing Opera Highlights 

Opening broadcast Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 pm

The Opera production this semester is a concert of arias, duets, and trios. 22 singers perform highlights from the operatic repertoire, including selections from The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, Hansel & Gretel, The Tales of Hoffmann, and many more.

Program order

Program notes and singer bios

Episode Catalog

Spring 2021 Productions

Jazz District

Fall 2020 Productions

Ho Ho No  Gratitude Episode  One Dead One Dying titleTales of the Weird bookMacbeth title card      

 

Coming Soon

In Process

Release Date: April 29, 2021

In-Person Performances April 9 & 10 at 8pm and April 11 at 2:30pm in West Memorial Stadium: safe-distancing, masks and your own blanket for seating required. Tickets available at  ksu.universitytickets.com

IN PROCESS will feature scenes and musical selections from works created by 4 K-State alumni: Blake Cordell, Charissa Bertels, Tim Aumiller and Alex Wakim. Each piece is very creative,unique and still in process. Some have had readings, some are still in the works, some have won awards and a couple have even been workshopped here at K-State.

INN-DEPENDENT
Book, music and lyrics by Blake Cordell

In this present-day homage to the musicals of the 40s, there are bouncy tunes, tap-dancing and the high stakes of losing a family business surrounding a boy meets boy love story. Blake Cordell wanted to portray a world where the queer romantic core was accepted and not the battle to be fought much like the Mickey and Judy movie musicals.

THE UNCIVIL ONES
Book and lyrics by Christian Duhamel Additional book by Charissa Bertels Music by Ayomi Okada

Three strong, independent females seek to find their place in the male dominated society of the Civil War. High drama and a blue-grass/Appalachian-inspired score combine to explore themes of freedom, equality, and intersectional feminism featuring the historical figures Dr. Mary Walker, the only female to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor; Mary Jane Richards Bowser, a Union spy during the Civil War and Jennie (Levi) Hook, a trans male who fights for the Union.

THE YEAR AFTER
By Tim Aumiller and Scott Schneider

A quintet of New Yorkers confront the realities of seeking love, losing love and enduring relationships in a time of personal and political chaos in 2017, the year after.

AN AMERICAN IN BEIRUT
Music and Lyrics by Alex Wakim Book by Chantal Bilodeau Original Concept developed with Jonah Kirkhart

It is the story of a first-generation Lebanese-American who returns to Beirut to uncover the stories of the past and explore what it means to live in two different cultural worlds while also dealing with a budding romance.

Styx

Hate the Player

Release date: May 6, 2021

STUDENT NEW WORKS written and directed by Ian Boyd-Duncan and Meghan McGeehee

Styx by Ian Boyd-Duncan

A spa. A lifetime. A river. When Oakley, a young person on the verge of a major crossroads in life takes a float therapy trip to meditate, they begin to navigate a rushing stream of memories and life paths with a mysterious fisherman named Ron, who has seen the world under a unique perspective. Together, they attempt to navigate the river of life in the new short play Styx by Ian Boyd-Duncan

Hate The Player by Meghan McGeehee

 

Bonus materials

We've put together design works, dramaturgical notes, artist interviews and more. Check out our most recent release--an interview with alumni playwrights as well as directors and actors from Tales of the Weird and Unusual!

Additional playwright interviews, dramaturgical blogs and visuals can be found on the Bonus Materials page.

MARCH 10, 2021

This week, we have performances from the fall 2020 Opera Workshop students. Join us for scenes from The Magic Flute, The Pearl Fishers, Carmen, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Howto Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Opera Workshop Program Notes

MARCH 4, 2021

Hear members of the design and technical theatre faculty talk about what they do, what inspires them and how they made their way into their careers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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