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2017 Season Schedule




Playback Theater Workshop

February 20 @ 9 a.m.

Playback is a theater form that uses improvisation and story telling to create short performances for an audience. Whether this is your first acting workshop or you've done tons of plays this is the perfect opporrtunity to spend a day creating and building your theater skills! Grades 3-5 will be from 9 a.m. to noon and grades 6-9 will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 for students with a $5 sibling discount for families.




Sci-Fi Cinema Presents The Gaint Claw

March 3 @ 7:30 p.m.

The Columbian Sci-Fi Cinema presents The Giant Claw, a 1957 movie about a giant bird that terrorizes the world starring Jeff Morrow and Mara Corday. You won't want to miss this classic horror movie directed by Fred F. Sears. To kick off the night, we will also be featuring a magician for some fun before the show!


Grand Celtic Music Tour - March 11

Celtic Cultural Experience @ 6:30 p.m.

Concert @ 7:30 p.m.

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.

For more Irish dancing, join us on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. as we welcome the Lady of Knock Irish Dance Academy for An Irish Dance Spectacular! Tickets are $5 at the door or contact us for tickets ahead of time.



Gypsy Auditions - April 17 & 18

Children roles will be held on Monday, April 17 from 6-7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 18 from 6-7 p.m. Adult roles will be on Monday, April 17 from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, April 18 from 7-9 p.m. Call backs will be on Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. Click here to check out the character breakdown!



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.

Dinner & Show? Join us on Opening Night, April 21, for a delicious dinner catered by Friendship House! Tickets are $12 for students/children and $17 for adults. The menu for the evening is roast beef with gravy, potato casserole, glazed carrots, tossed salad & dressings, dinner roll, lemon cake with chocolate frosting and peach cobbler!



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 - July 5-28

Performances - July 28-30

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

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.

Bayer Construction

Bruce McMillian AIA Architects, P.A.

Castle Painting

Farm Bureau Financial Services - Andy Fischer & Jim Waters

Landmark National Bank

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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