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2017 Season Schedule




Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy - Jan. 21 @ 7:30 p.m.

The high energy, acoustic brass 'n grass band, Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy, is coming to share their music! Their performance will bring a mix of punk, bluegrass and dixieland music full of solos and driving rhythms. The local bluegrass band, Serenity Stringband, will be opening the show! Serenity Stringband is a four-piece band based out of Abilene, KS. Come join us for a night filled with music and entertainment. Tickets are $10 for students/children and $15 for adults. Sponsored by Wamego Title.



Dueling Pianos - Feb. 4 @ 7:30 p.m.

From classic rock to country and R&B, Tony B. and special guest are back by popular demand for a night full of dancing and sing-along music.  As these two professional pianists go head-to-head on stage, write-in your music requests, and prepare to be carried away to some of the most beloved music eras of all time!  Whether you’re a Bon Jovi junkie or a Sir Mix-a-Lot lover, this is a night to cut loose, and enjoy the company of good friends and great music. Tickets are $30 for students/children and $35 for adults. Sponsored by LivestockDirect.



Grand Celtic Music Tour - March 11 @ 7:30

There’s not a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than Celtic music, food and drinks.  This musical event encompasses a large amount of Celtic culture by bringing in booths that showcase Celtic arts & crafts, musical instruments and food.  After a journey through the cultural exhibition in the Swogger Gallery, try specialty samples of whiskies and enjoy an evening full of bagpipes, accordions and so much more! Tickets are $15 for general admission. Sponsored by LivestockDirect.




High School Musical - April 21-23, 28-30 & May 5-7

Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. / Sunday @ 2 p.m.

In this modern day take on Grease, a small-town high school basketball star, Troy Bolten, falls for the breathtakingly beautiful brainiac, Gabriella Montez.  Challenges ensue when the high school couple faces jealous girls, busy schedules, and of course, the high school play auditions!  Will this dynamic couple prove its friends wrong, or will Troy and Gabriella’s love end when the curtain closes? Tickets are $15 for students/children and $20 for adults. Sponsored by Imagemakers and Manhattan Broadcasting.

Dinner & Show? Join us on Opening Night, April 21, for a delicious dinner catered by Friendship House! Menu coming soon!



Gypsy - June 9-11, 16-18 & 23-25

Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. / Sunday @ 2 p.m.

After June and Louise’s childhood stardom on the vaudeville circuit thanks to their pushy mother who lives vicariously through their success, the once talented and enthusiastic June decides to step back from show business, contrary to her mother’s wishes.  As the popularity of the vaudeville era fades, Louise, the quiet and reserved sister, lands a surprising role in a racy burlesque show set in Wichita, Kansas.  When the lead burlesque dancer is arrested, Louise drops her shyness, along with a shoulder strap and begins her transformation from shy, little Louise, to the sexy and sophisticated “Gypsy Rose Lee.” Tickets are $15 for students/children and $20 for adults. Premium seating tickets are $25 for students/children and $30 for adults. Sponsored by Bank of the Flint Hills. 

Dinner & Show? Join us on Opening Night, June 9, for a delicious dinner catered by Friendship House! Menu coming soon!





Summer Theatre Academy 2017

The area’s much anticipated favorite will return to The Columbian Theatre this July during Wamego’s Summer Theatre Academy (STA).  Through this program, The Columbian’s mission is to serve as a resource for local children, ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade, with a desire and passion to learn about theatre art.  STA teaches responsibility, confidence and teamwork, which are all traits that we, as an organization, hope will leave a lasting impression on these young actors and actresses. Sponsored by The Smoke Signal.




Swogger Art Gallery




Columbian Artists

The Columbian Artist Group is an organization with creative, like-

minded individuals dedicated to fostering the artistic growth and

evolution of its members and promoting their talents.



Gallery Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed






Columbian Sponsors


Executive Producers



Briggs Auto Lane Manhattan

Steel and Pipe Supply

Friendship House


Bank of the Flint Hills

The Smoke Signal

The Edna Peddicord Trust / The Wamego Community Foundation




Dry Clean City Inc. - Manhattan, KS

Manhattan Broadcasting




Kaw Valley State Bank

H&R Block

John McQuillen D. D. S.

Midwest Concrete Materials

The Bennington State Bank

Campanella Family Funeral Home, Inc

Pizza Hut

Wamego Inn & Suites

Toto's Tacoz





The Trust Company

Bruce McMillian AIA Architects, P.A.

Spirits of '76

Wamego Health Center

Castle Painting

Landmark National Bank

Bayer Construction

Thermal Comfort Air, Inc

Manhattan Association of Realtors, Inc.

McPeak & Pugh Real Estate

Attorneys Palmer, Leatherman, White, Girard & Van Dyk L.L.P.

Farm Bureau Financial Services - Andy Fischer & Jim Waters


Stickel's Dry Cleaning



If you would like to be a sponsor of The Columbian Theatre, contact Clint Stueve

at 785-456-2029 or

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