This lyric from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON is used to encourage people to “Rise Up” to meet a challenge that’s holding them back, to take a course of action that makes them better than they were before, to work to defeat a prejudice, to discover that there is another way to achieve their art, or to overcome a foe more powerful than you can imagine and to come out on the other side with justice.
Whenever we begin picking a new season, the challenge for us is to “Rise Up” and find great work to redraft, renew, or introduce to our audiences, and we have accomplished that again this year.
THE MUSIC MAN embraces the ideas of what makes Midwesterners so special. In SILENT SKY, Henrietta Leavitt and her female co-workers make discoveries that advance astronomy to the levels we still hold today. Buddy, the ELF, is not your typical Santa’s helper, but he finds a way to save Christmas! In THE FOREIGNER, Charlie is so painfully shy, but, as evil comes through the door, he forces himself to meet it head on!
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME lets us into the world of a 15-year-old savant whose journey leads to self-discovery as he takes on an investigation. In our fourth partnership with Kansas Wesleyan University, Stephen Sondheim’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, we learn what it takes for an artist and his love to make both their art and their love work. We end the season with Disney’s NEWSIES, the exciting and electric Broadway hit about the uprising of the newsboys at the turn of the 20th century and how they prevail. Great music and amazing dancing will be the perfect end to this great season.
See you at the theatre!
– Michael Spicer, Executive Director