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MUSIC THEATRE OF WICHITA INC
February 20, 2010

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.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, GOOD NEWS, ME AND MY GIRL

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add to the programming, so that the audiences could have many more wonderful evenings here.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing so many young performers from so many musical theater colleges gets their start here. While summer stock used to provide kids with great opportunities, it's largely disappeared, so MTW provides an excellent training ground where kids can learn from

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Astonishingly nice. Of course, I come from New York City, so I might well be more impressed with their helpfulness and kindness because I'm simply not used to getting it in Manhattan.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

produce more musicals. I doubt, though, that the quality would be much changed, because it's at such a high level now.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer to Wichita so that I could drop in more often.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, I'm sure. Isn't it always? Given that Wayne builds so many of his shows from scratch, the materials for them are certainly getting more expensive.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I spend a lot of time going to parties here in New York and meeting performers, and whenever one of them tells me he's been at MTW, he always -- and I mean always -- says what a wonderful experience it was for him.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I'm a theater critic by profession.