2016-2017 MainStage Season

You Never Know What You’ll Find!

For starters, you’ll find another exciting season of music, comedy, and drama on our stages! From classic to contemporary, from the ridiculous to the sublime, these shows run the gamut of today’s most popular theatrical productions.

September 2 – 25, 2016
Kephart Theatre

Monty Python’s Spamalot

By Eric Idle and John Du Prez

Contains middle-aged men acting incredibly silly. Suggested for ages 13+ with a great sense of humor.

This 2005 Tony Award­-winner for Best Musical is a musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” King Arthur is traveling around England recruiting his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths.



Lancelot, French Taunter, Knight of Ni: Christopher Bruce
Tim, Black Knight: Alex Lankhorst
King Arthur: Joe McMurray
Robin, Guard 1: Eric Cole
Brother Maynard, Historian: Robert S. Jones
Not Dead Fred, Herbert: Logan Kitchener
Patsy, Guard 2: Aaron Dix
Lady of the Lake: Jill M. French
Dennis’ Mother, French Guard, MInstrel: Elizabeth-Ali Schade
Herbert’s Father: John Hendrick
Belvedere, Concorde: Christopher Graber
Dennis Galahad: William R. Brown
Head Minstrel, Laker Girl: Sofie Flores
Sir Bors, God: Erin Gallion
French Guard, Mayor, Knight of Ni: Gary Demuth
Minstrel, Laker Girl: Brenna Castor
Sir Not Appearing: Ethan Badders
Laker Girl: Emma Kinkelaar
Laker Girl: Brooke Albright
Laker Girl: Jazlyn Kingsolver
Laker Girl: Katie Zuercher


Alex Lankhorst
Robert S. Jones
Logan Kitchener
Elizabeth-Ali Schade
John Hendrick
Christopher Graber
William R. Brown
Sofie Flores
Erin Gallion
Gary Demuth
Brenna Castor
Ethan Badders
Emma Kinkelaar
Brooke Albright
Jazlyn Kingsolver
Katie Zuercher
Nathan Zimmerman
Braydon Boyer
Joshua Tackett

October 14-30, 2016
Sunflower Financial Theatre

God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza

Contains potty-mouthed adults acting like children. Recommended for ages 13+.

Set in present-day New York City, God of Carnage is the story of two married couples who meet for the first time shortly after their respective sons have a nasty schoolyard tangle. Michael and Veronica, whose son’s teeth were knocked out with a stick, invite Alan and Annette, whose son did the knocking, to their home to settle matters such as who will pay for new teeth. But any attempt at having a civilized discussion about whose child is responsible for the fight, and how the parents may have influenced such destructive behavior, quickly devolves into finger-pointing, name-calling, stomping around and throwing things. And that’s before they break out the rum!

Fast, furious, and very funny, God of Carnage goes for every kind of laugh in the book, from one-liners to sight gags to physical comedy. It’s action-packed, as the cast gets into several rows and eventually makes a bigger mess of Michael and Veronica’s living room than any child ever could.



Alan: Keenan Ramos

Annette: Elizabeth-Ali Schade

Michael: William R. Brown

Veronica: Rachel Pearson

November 25 – December 11, 2016
Kephart Theatre

Roald Dahl’s

Willy Wonka

By Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of the world-famous Willy Wonka and his quest for an heir comes to chocolate-covered life this holiday season!

Follow this enigmatic candy manufacturer as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory… or suffer the consequences.



Willy Wonka: Joe McMurray

Candy Man: Nelson Gutsch

Penelope Trout: Tonia Carr

Charlie Bucket: Karson Pihl

Mrs. Bucket: Elizabeth-Ali Schade

Mr. Bucket: John Hendrick

Grandma Josephine: Twila Schneiders

Grandma Georgina: Jean Boardman

Grandpa Joe: David Morris

Grandpa George: Bob Jones

Augustus Gloop: Treyton Sutton

Mrs. Gloop: Cathie Norris

Veruca Salt: Harper Johnston

Mr. Salt: Steve Stockham

Mike Teavee: Braeden Jackson

Mrs. Teavee: Pam Jones

Violet Beauregarde: Ellie Flynn

Mrs. Beauregarde: Kat Shaft


Avery Smith

Abby Russell

DJ Chaput

Moses Brown

Anna Gutierrez

Nelson Gutsch

Emma Kinkelaar

Madeline Paradis


Sheri Albright

Violet Arb

Alexia Berry

Kieran Boeger

Leighton Cline

Jeff Ebel

Will Ebel

Callan Hall

Camille Morris

Isaac Morris

Brynn Shaft

Libby Smith

Savannah Sutton

January 6-22, 2017
Sunflower Financial Theatre

The Glass Menagerie

By Tennessee Williams

One of the truly great American dramas. Recommended for audiences who think.

No play in the modern theatre has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. It was Williams’s first popular success and launched his brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career.

The story revolves around a young man begrudgingly supporting the family his father has abandoned. It also features a painfully shy sister, whose preoccupation with a collection of glass animals draws her away from reality. Set against the backdrop of the Depression, the family struggles together with the past, the future, and one another.



Tyrees Allen’s participation was funded in part by the Horizons Grants Program of the Salina Arts and Humanities Foundation. Funding is provided by Horizons, a private donor group.


Amanda: Patti Wood

Laura: Erin Gallion

Tom: Taylor Smith

Jim: Mike Koetkemeyer

February 3-18, 2017
Kephart Theatre

Noises Off

By Michael Frayn

Recommended for ages 13 and older. Silly actors using one very naughty word.

The director of a theatre company is desperately trying to get his production together, despite the best efforts of the cast, the crew, and Lady Luck. We follow the production from final rehearsals, through opening night, and onto the tour: as with any group of actors forced to work closely together for any great length of time, romances and arguments are bound to break out. Quite often, what’s happening on stage is nothing compared to what’s happening backstage. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play, called the funniest farce ever written.



Lloyd Dallas:  Eric Cole
Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett:  Vickee Spicer
Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain:  Christopher Bruce
Brooke Ashton / Vicki:  Zoe Rea
Frederick Fellowes / Phillip Brent:  Joe McMurray
Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent:  Brenna Castor
Selsdon Mowbray / Burglar:  Michael Spicer
Tim Allgood:  Aaron Dix
Poppy Norton-Taylor:  Courtney Train

April 7-9 & 20-23, 2017
Kephart Theatre

In the Heights

Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Presented in collaboration with KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

The first Broadway production from the creator of the hit Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda!

The story centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.



Usnavi: Marlon Hernandez

Nina: Sofie Flores

Benny: Christian McQueen

Vanessa: Maria Putzier

Abuela Claudia: Luci Larson

Kevin Rosario: Keenan Ramos

Camila Rosario: Sarah Crews

Sonny: Jose Moreno

Daniela: Rachel Pearson

Carla: Stephanie Gomez

Graffiti Pete: Anthony Nitbouapha

Piragua Guy: Marco Armendariz

Bolero Singer: Casadie Smith


Moses Brown

Leighton Cline

Sierra DeArvil

Aaron Dix

Emily Gardner

Jazlyn Kingsolver

Emma Kinkelaar

Logan Kitchener

Albert Penado

Zoe Rea

Mikayla Robben

Breyana Rose

Avery Smith

Casadie Smith

Katie Zuercher

June 9-25, 2017
Kephart Theatre

9 to 5: The Musical

Book by Patricia Resnick
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton

Contains bosses acting at their worst. Recommended for anyone who’s ever had a job.

With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, 9 To 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge set in the 1970s. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a funny turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy — giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?



Violet:  Joanna Weinhold

Doralee:  Zoe Rea

Judy:  Elizabeth-Ali Schade

Frank Hart:  Alex Lankhorst

Roz:  Vickee Spicer

Joe:  Jonathan Flores

Dwayne:  Aaron Dix

Josh:  Tristan Spicer

Missy:  Lisa Sack

Maria:  Madison Roths

Dick:  Jeff Ebel

Kathy:  Lauren Bertram

Margaret:  Cathie Norris

Tinsworthy:  Scott Price

Anita:  Vicki Price

Daphne:  Shawna Carter


Braydon Boyer

Nelson Gutsch

Jennifer Kohart

Paul Minneman

Rebecca Winsky