Theatre Season Schedule


2014-15 Mainstage Season


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Paper TigerA Paper Tiger In The Rain (World Premiere 2014 Panowski Play Prize Winner)

by David J. Swanson

Sept 30 - Oct.4; Oct. 7-11 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre

Nathan has just been promoted to his dream job; Editor-in-Chief of the Willow Falls Beacon Telegraph.  He soon learns that the newspaper is in financial trouble. His predecessor hires Ben, a young blogger with a lack of reverence for the newspaper industry. As the newspaper’s financial picture worsens, Nathan is faced with saving impossible dreams and depending on false promises.


About the Play:

Wichita Community Theater chose A Paper Tiger in the Rain for a staged reading on March 17, 2013. A Paper Tiger in the Rain is also a semi-finalist for the Playwrights First Award at the National Art Club in New York City.



Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse  

Music by John Kander  

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Nov. 19-22 in the Forest Roberts Theatre 

After shooting her lover, Roxie Hart must prove her innocence in Chicago where the biggest celebrities are those with the heftiest crime careers. With the help -- and lack thereof -- from sexy murderesses, a big shot lawyer, and a nearly invisible husband, Roxie discovers what it means to kill for fame.


by Nina Raine

Feb. 10-21 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre


Tribes follows Billy, a deaf man raised inside the fiercely politically incorrect cocoon of his parent’s house. He has adapted to his hearing family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood.



Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman                                  

Music by Alan Menken 

Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith

Originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director)

Originally produced at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Shubert Organization


Apr. 15-18 in the Forest Roberts Theatre

A gleefully gruesome musical spoof of the 1960 Roger Corman film, this monster musical is about a hapless florist shop worker, Seymour, who offers his tender love and care to a plant that feeds on human blood. This plant, Audrey II, named after Seymour’s secret love, quickly becomes a fascinating attraction in the neighborhood called Skid Row.

Studio Series 2014-15



Haunted Theatre

Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in the Forest Roberts Theatre
Directed by Marty Martello

Haunted Theatre is back, and it’s bigger, better and scarier than ever!

First Nighters Club member Marty Martello has put together all-new thrills and chills as the Forest Roberts Theatre is transformed into a haunted house. This year a second level has been added for even more thrills.



10 Minute Play Festival

Dec. 3-4 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre


The students in the Directing Theory class will present a series of 10 minute plays. Different plays will be featured each night.



A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking

By John Ford Noonan

March 13-14 in the James A. .Panowski Black Box Theatre​

Straight laced housewife Maude Mix is not prepared for her new Texan, eccentric neighbor Hannah Mae Bindler. Hannah Mae badgers Maude into friendship and the two eventually join forces against their errant and erring husbands.



NMU Dance Concert

March 28 in the Forest Roberts Theatre​

Come see dance performances choreographed and performed by students and faculty of the NMU Dance Minor!



Cootie Shot's: Theatrical Inoculations Agaisnt Bigotry for Kids, Parents, and Teachers

Edited by Norma Bowles with Mark E. Rosenthal

A Fringe Benefits theatre project and book

April 21-25 in the James A. .Panowski Black Box Theatre​

Cootie Shots is an imaginative assortment of plays, songs and poems designed for young audiences from kindergarten through sixth grade.