My wife and I have had season tickets to MTWichita productions since 1976 and have only missed one production in all this time. We go to dinner with about 12 others before each performance and always look forward to each production with great anticipation. We have been able to attend musical theatre performances on Broadway, West End in London, and venues in Kansas City, Las Vegas, and other locations. MTWichita prductions are at least as good and in most cases better than any of these. Their productions are definitely Broadway quality or better. Our city is fortunate to have Wayne Brysn and his capable staff who continue to develop and make available this excellent entertainment as well as the educational opportunity for the young musical theatre students that make up the summer company and teen choir.
I have been attending MTW productions for many years and the Quality is worthy of a Broadway production. By using some local performers along with the national talent it not only gives the young people expierience with top professionals it encourages the local arts. The production of Les Miserables two seasons ago was fantastic. The use of Faith Northcutt as young Cosette and Gavin Meyer of Wichita was a great opportunity to see a couple very talented young people.
Music Theatre of Wichita is exceptional! We are truly blessed to have such a great summer theater experience here in Wichita. My husband Jerry has been involved with MTW for years as their photographer, so he is well aware of what goes into each production. The quality of the performances is amazing and some of the most talented performers in the country have not only appeared on the MTW stage, but have gone on to make their careers on Broadway, on film and television. Both of us are also involved as Jester Awards judges, a program which promotes local high school productions and talent. MTW very actively supports and encourages young people throughout the area who are interested in theatre. Music Theatre of Wichita is without a doubt one of THE best things that has ever happened to Wichita!
I have been a season ticket holder of Music Theatre of Wichita (KS) since its inception in 1972, and have been a member of the Board of Directors since 1978. Words don't do justice to the pleasure and joy MTWichita has been to myself and my family. I have not only attended the productions, but have been involved with their audition process and their Jester program designed to recognize high school music theatre programs and individuals. My life would have been considerably poorer without my relationship with MTWichita. Additionally, for nearly 40 years they have produced five musical theatre shows of the highest quality that can be seen anywhere.
My husband and I have been season ticket holders at MTWichita since the mid-seventies. During that time we have seen the theatre's productions go from sometimes awkward renderings with less capable leads to the tryly accomplished and polished productions that we look forward to each summer. While we have yet to make it to NY we have seen "Broadway" musical theatre productions in London and other locales and MTWichita need take no backseat by comparison. In fact they equal or surpass anything we've seen anywhere! For sometime it has been my privilege to serve on the Board of Directors and be privy to the day-to-day workings of this fabulous organization. In addition to presenting top flight musical theatre entertainment, its support and encouragement of up and coming local and midwestern talent is a model which all regional theatres would do well to examine. As the anticipation of the summer season begins to mount, I'm like a child at Christmas waiting to see what wonderful gifts will unfold on stage. The only sad aspect of the whole process is that the season is over all too quickly and leaving us wanting more!
In the last 20 years Music Theatre of Wichita has not only entertained its audience. They have not only brought the highest quality of Musical Theatre to this community,but has involved each and every school in the area in so many ways. Their teen choir has not only entertained but has served as a training ground in musical theater. Their Jester awards brings an interest in music theatre to the same heights that a good football team brings to a school. They have enhanced the quality of life in Wichita as has no other arts organization. As a former board member I realize they put on more and better shows on a low budget and small staff than probably any theatre in the country. It is the most noteworthy of arts organizations to support.
MTWichita presents performances of the highest quality, year after year. Wayne Bryan, the Director, has an uncanny ability to attract superb talent and the shape that talent into a superb performer. By example, MTWichita has elevated the quality of other musical ventures in this community.
As someone who has seen over 9,000 theatrical attractions in my life -- and more than 75% of all the Broadway musicals in the last 50 years -- I am in utter awe of Music Theatre of Wichita. Wayne Bryan is nothing less than a theatrical magician in the way that he gets a show up in no time flat and makes it ultra-professional. He knows what his audiences want to see, and sometimes lets THEM know what they would like to see by giving them an unfamiliar but terrific new show. I love attending and seeing the appreciative -- and large -- crowds responding to the work, and afterwards rushing up to Wayne to tell him that he's once again succeeded. This is one of the great musical theaters in the nation, and one of the places to which we can all point with pride.
Having traveled extensively throughout the United States, I was amazed and astounded to discover MTWichita some 10 years ago. the quality of their performances rivals New York & London. The mission of MTWichita will insure music theatre for years to come as they involve so many young people and high schools in their educational venues (Jester's awards). Am I ever a fan!!!