2017-2018 Season Schedule
August 11-13, 18-20
This annual town favorite combines “excellent live music plus mediocre comedy delivered by exceptional performers”, led by Troy Hemphill, veteran actor and director of Hoo Haw. Enjoy familiar faces with new skits, songs and jokes that keep the audience laughing and clapping! With a cast that has this much fun together, it’s no wonder there’s a full audience for each show! Sponsored by WTC.
Tyler Gregory & Santiago Brothers
Performances - July 28-30
Kansas native singer-songwriter, Tyler Gregory, is once again bringing his intricate blend of folk, blues and roots music to the Columbian stage. Celebrate the end of summer with a night out at the Columbian with Tyler! This is a very special one-night performance you won’t want to miss out on! Sponsored by Livestock Direct.
OZtoberFest Murder Mystery
We’re celebrating another year of OZtoberFest to recognize “The Wizard of Oz” with the best actors, a beautiful set and stunning costumes. However, problems arise when a perfect night turns into one full of raging divas, faulty props and even MURDER. Was it the Witch? The Lion? Dear Aunt Em? Alternate endings each night will keep you on your toes as we hunt for clues to solve this exciting and often hilarious whodunit based on a treasured musical.
Winter Theatre Academy 2018 - October 10-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 (4-6 pm) from October to December. Keep an eye out for the release of the performance name and dates! For more details, call 785.456.2029 or visit www.columbiantheatre.com.
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!
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
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!
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!
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 7-26
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 www.columbiantheatre.com. Sponsored by Smoke Signal.
Swogger Art Gallery
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.
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bank of the Flint Hills
Briggs Auto Lane Manhattan
The Edna Peddicord Trust / The Wamego Community Foundation
The Smoke Signal
Steel and Pipe Supply
Dry Clean City Inc. - Manhattan, KS
The Bennington State Bank
Campanella Family Funeral Home, Inc
John McQuillen D. D. S.
Kaw Valley State Bank
Midwest Concrete Materials
Wamego Inn & Suites
Attorneys Palmer, Leatherman, White, Girard & Van Dyk L.L.P.
Bruce McMillian AIA Architects, P.A.
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 email@example.com