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2017-2018 Season Schedule


Purchase a season pass and save up to 25% on tickets!

Click here to fill out your 2017-2018 Season Pass.

Select 3-4 shows to save 15%

Select 5-7 shows to save 20%

Select 8-10 shows to save 25%

Call us at 785.456.2029 if you have any questions. We would love to answer them for you!






Whiskey Business

October 19

Whiskey takes center stage at The Columbian

This evening will be filled with conversation, laughs, whiskey and fun. Join us and Craft Spirits Manager, Adam Clary on this whiskey tasking event. We will pour Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s, Beam Bonded, Beam Double Oak and Beam Single Barrel at a very risky deal. There will be limited spots for this event so hurry and get your spot reserved. This event is in partnership with Standard Beverage and Spirits of 76.  





The Gatsby Gala & Membership Mingle

November 18

Ladies and gents, to celebrate the Peddicord Playhouse and in commemoration of Edna Mae Peddicord’s 100th birthday, we will be going back to the elegant and timeless 1920s! This speakeasy, classical yet dazzling, style event will have food, drink, and live music featuring the band Grand Marquis. There will be exclusive discounts on tickets for Columbian members who are at the Rogers level, going up a level, or are new members at the Family level or higher. You won’t want to miss out on this special night! Let’s get dolled up and have a roaring good time! 



Winter Theatre Academy 2017 - September 18-December 1

Performances - December 1-3

This year, we are launching our first annual Winter Theatre Academy (WTA). Just like with Summer Theatre Academy, our mission is to serve children with a desire and passion to learn about theatre art during WTA. This program will take place after school (4:30-6:30 pm) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from September through December. The production this year will be Fiddler on the Roof, JR. For more details, call 785.456.2029 or visit The Winter Theatre Academy is supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Columbian Christmas Concert

December 8-10, 15-17

Get out of the cold and warm your soul! This year’s Christmas Show has a fresh new look. Get in the holiday spirit with all of your favorite Christmas songs. While listening to our high quality crooners, sip on some hot cocoa and indulge in your favorite Christmas cookie. The Columbian Christmas Concert is the perfect event for anyone, no matter your age!



Dueling Pianos

January 19 & 20

From classic rock to country and R&B, Tony B and a special guest are back again by popular demand for a two full nights 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 by 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! Sponsored by Livestock Direct.




February 23-25, March 2-4, 9-11

In this classic American musical, based on the 1931 play “Green Grow the Lilacs,” by Lynn Riggs, a headstrong farm girl named Laurey is also the woman whom both cowboy Curly and farm hand Jud have fallen in love with. When she plays hard-to-get with earnest Curly and instead accepts dangerous Jud’s invitation to the upcoming social, tensions arise between the men and attract the interest of the entire town. You “cain’t say no” to this show! Sponsored by Bank of the Flint Hills.



Grand Celtic Music Tour

March 24

This musical event encompasses a large amount of Celtic culture by bringing in booths that showcase Celtic arts and crafts, musical instruments and food. After a journey through the cultural exhibition in the Swogger Gallery, try specialty samples of whiskies while enjoying an evening full of bagpipes, accordions and so much more!



Elvis Tribute

April 7

Joseph Hall, a finalist for America’s Got Talent in 2008, has been paying tribute to Elvis since 2006. He has performed all around the world, from Las Vegas to Porthcawl, Wales. Joseph has won many awards, including the “Spirit of Elvis” award. He has also worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Legends in Concert and has officially been recognized as one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the world! This is a show you won’t want to miss! Sponsored by Manhattan Broadcasting.


Fab Flashbacks: Songs of the 60s, 70s and 80s

April 27-29, May 4-6


Jam out to all of your favorite tunes during this fun-filled decade revue. From hits on record players to cassette tapes, we’re going to sing ‘em all! Throughout the show, our best performers will take you through music ranging from the 60s to the 80s. Don’t be afraid to dust off that outfit from the past and show it off again! Rock your old style and dance along to all of your favorites during Fab Flashbacks. Be there or be square!



Bye-Bye Birdie

June 1-3, 8-10, 15-17

This musical, inspired by Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army, centers around Conrad Birdie. Conrad has just been drafted to the army. As a farewell, the rock and roll star is scheduled to sing Albert Peterson’s “One Last Kiss” and kiss a girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio live on the Ed Sullivan Show. However, Conrad’s hip-thrusting makes more than one man in town uncomfortable. Many of these men want to stop the show from occurring.



Summer Theatre Academy 2018 - July 2-27

Performances - July 26-29

The area’s much anticipated favorite will return to The Columbian Theatre during the Summer Theatre Academy (STA) for its 24th year. Our mission is to serve children from kindergarten to 8th grade with a desire and passion to learn about theatre art. STA teaches responsibility, confidence and teamwork; traits we hope will leave a lasting impression on young actors and actresses. For more details, call 785.456.2029 or visit Sponsored by 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

Bank of the Flint Hills

Briggs Auto Lane Manhattan

The Edna Peddicord Trust / The Wamego Community Foundation

Friendship House


The Smoke Signal

Steel and Pipe Supply




Dry Clean City Inc. - Manhattan, KS

Manhattan Broadcasting



The Bennington State Bank

Campanella Family Funeral Home, Inc

H&R Block

John McQuillen D. D. S.

Kaw Valley State Bank

Midwest Concrete Materials

Pizza Hut

Toto's Tacoz

Wamego Inn & Suites




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

Bruce McMillian AIA Architects, P.A.

Castle Painting

Farm Bureau Financial Services - Andy Fischer & Jim Waters

Manhattan Association of Realtors, Inc.

McPeak & Pugh Real Estate


Spirits of '76

Stickel's Dry Cleaning

Thermal Comfort Air, Inc

The Trust Company

Wamego Health Center




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

at 785-456-2029 or

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