2015-2016 MainStage Season

September 4 – 27, 2015
Kephart Theatre

The Little Mermaid

Book by Doug Wright
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater

Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess, is dissatisfied with life under the sea and curious about the human world. With her best fish friend Flounder, Ariel collects human artifacts and goes to the surface of the ocean to visit Scuttle the seagull, who offers very inaccurate and comical knowledge of human culture. Ignoring the warnings of her father King Triton, and court musician Sebastian the crab, that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden, Ariel gets her wish to be part of the human world.




Ariel: Xan Mattek

Prince Eric: Nick Salem

Pilot: Davonte Medina

Grimsby: Greg Lombard Rea

Flounder: Logan Kitchener

Scuttle: Nelson Gutsch

King Triton: Randoulph Castor

Sebastian: Jaicee Wilson

Aquata: Brooke Albright

Andrina: Grace Sutterheim

Arista: Sofie Flores

Atina: Morgan Davis

Adella: Maria Putzier

Allana: Olivia Leif

Flotsam: Erin Gallion

Jetsam: Brenna Downs

Ursula: Vickee Spicer

Chef Louis: William R. Brown


DJ Chaput

Ellie Flynn

Emma Snyder

Jazlyn Kingsolver

Katie Zuercher

Sierra DeArvil

Aaron Dix

Braden Irwin

Braydon Boyer

Caleb Rivera

JD Warren

Kenneth Dixon

Marlon Hernandez

Nathan Zimmerman

October 16 – November 1, 2015
Sunflower Financial Theatre

Becky’s New Car

By Steven Dietz

Becky’s life isn’t exactly unhappy — but from her desk at a car dealership, she can’t help but wonder what else is out there. And then she finds out. When a wealthy suitor presumes she is a widow — and she doesn’t correct him — she finds herself leading a double life until it quickly (and hilariously) accelerates out of her control. This clever and witty new comedy shows us an unexpected and inventive way to escape the midlife doldrums.



Becky (Rebecca) Foster:  Mary Renee Shirk

Joe Foster:  Jeff Harrison

Chris Foster:  Keenan Ramos

Walter Flood:  Michael Spicer

Kensington (Kenni) Flood:  Jennifer Smith

Steve:  John Hendrick

Ginger:  Shawna Carter

November 27 – December 20, 2015
Kephart Theatre

Meet Me in St. Louis

Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane

A rare treasure, a show that sparkles with optimism and good tunes, featuring the famous “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Meet Me In St. Louis.” The magic begins at the site of what is to be the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904, The Smith family are gathered at Shrinker Swamp to watch the ground breaking ceremony for the Fair, the “greatest show that ever showed.”

Children age 3 and older are welcome at Meet Me in St. Louis, provided they have a ticket seated on an aisle, and attend with a parent/guardian. To ensure the best experience for all guests, children under 3 are not permitted.



Esther Smith: Ariana Stavropoulos

Rose Smith: Elizabeth-Ali Schade

Tootie Smith: Libby Kierscht

Agnes Smith: Nova Green

Lon Smith: J.D. Warren

Mr. Alonso Smith: Joe McMurray

Mrs. Anna Smith: Michelle Cardinal Dolan

Grandpa Prophater: Bob Jones

Katie: Patti Wood

John Truitt: Joshua Tackett

Warren Sheffield: Mike Koetkemeyer

Lucille Ballard: Melissa Burrows

Eve: Madeleine Paradis

Postman: Barry Dundas

Motorman: Kyle Dundas

Clinton Badger: Nelson Gutsch

Peewee Drummond: Moses Brown

Sidney Purvis: Logan Kitchener


Melissa Burrows

Barry Dundas

Kyle Dundas

Nelson Gutsch

Moses Brown

Logan Kitchener

Ellie Flynn

Bradyn Houltberg

Jazlyn Kingsolver

Jennifer Kohart

Cathie Norris

Madeline Paradis

Emma Snyder

January 8-24, 2016
Sunflower Financial Theatre

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

By Neil Simon

Inspired by Neil Simon’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” this show has all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince.”

Recommended for ages 16 and older due to strong adult language.



Lucas Brickman: Jd Bowman

Max Prince: Joe McMurray

Kenny Franks: Alex Lankhorst

Val Slotsky: Bob Jones

Brian Doyle: Nick Floyd

Milt Fields: David Greiser

Carol Wyman: Erin Gallion

Ira Stone: Gary Demuth

Helen: Christen Stovall

February 5-20, 2016
Kephart Theatre

Calendar Girls

By Tim Firth

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade other members of their women’s group to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press pursue them. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.



Cora: Shawna Carter

Chris: Vickee Spicer

Annie: Vicki Price

Jessie: Jean Boardman

Celia: Pam Jones

Ruth: Rachel Pearson

Marie: Sara Field Young

Brenda Hulse: Susan Burchill

John: Scott Price

Rod:William R. Brown

Lady Cravenshire: Twila Schneiders

Lawrence: Taylor Smith

Elaine: Jennifer Smith

Liam: TBD

April 8-24, 2016
Kephart Theatre

Into the Woods

Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Presented in collaboration with KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchly “mother”), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want.



Narrator/Mysterious Man: Eric Cole

Cinderella: Megan Coberly

Jack: Nelson Gutsch

Jack’s Mother: Erin Gallion

Baker: Matt Schwan

Baker’s Wife: Sadie Smith

Stepmother: Michelle Cardinal Dolan

Florinda: Angel Reinert

Lucinda: Jennifer Stoddard

Little Red Riding Hood: Gracie Stutterheim

Witch: Jill French

Cinderella’s Mother: Twila Schneiders

Wolf: Kenneth Dixon

Granny/Giant’s Voice:  Twila Schneiders

Rapunzel: Alyson Holman

Rapunzel’s Prince: Christian McQueen

Cinderella’s Prince: Jaicee Wilson

Steward: Curtis Wedel

Sleeping Beauty: Tina Butts

Snow White: Alyson Holman

June 10-26, 2016
Kephart Theatre

Singin’ in the Rain

Book by Betty Comden and Adolf Green
Music and Lyrics by Arthur Freed and Nacho Herb Brown

This is a classic musical about Hollywood in the 20s when silent pictures were giving way to the “talkies.” It’s a light-hearted spoof of frantic Hollywood as the advent of sound changes all the movie making rules and Monumental Studios prepares its romantic epic, The Duelling Cavalier. It includes some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers and love ballads ever written.



Dora Bailey: Vicki Price

Zelda Zanders: Xan Mattek

Olga Mara: Brenna Downs

Mary Margaret: Addie Johnson

R. F. Simpson: John Ryberg

Roscoe Dexter: Scott Price

Cosmo Brown: Tristan Spicer

Lina Lamont: Elizabeth-Ali Schade

Don Lockwood: Chaz Coberly

Young Don: Isaac Morris

Young Cosmo: Nova Green

Villain/1st Asst. Director: JD Warren

Lady-in-Waiting: Jennifer Stoddard

Rod/3rd Asst. Director: Ken Reitz

Kathy Selden: Megan Coberly

Policeman/Sid Phillips: Shawn Davenport

Girl: Maria Putzier

2nd Asst. Director: Jennifer Kohart

Miss Dinsmore/Wardrobe Lady: Rachel Pearson

Production Singer: TBD

Male Diction Teacher: Joe McMurray

Sound Engineer: Moses Brown


Moses Brown

DJ Chaput

Shawn Davenport

Brenna Downs

Jordan Gilliland

Nova Green

Addie Johnson

Jazlyn Kingsolver

Emma Kinkelaar

Jennifer Kohart

Xan Mattek

Isaac Morris

Rachel Pearson

Maria Putzier

Shelby Quackenbush

Mikayla Robben

Abby Russell

Jace Stephenson

Jennifer Stoddard

JD Warren