Kansas' 10 Best Live Theater Venues!

Across Kansas, community theater groups and large touring acts have been putting on top-notch shows for years. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the stage, hidden backstage or sitting in the audience, it takes a community to provide theater art. Here are the 10 best places for live theater in the state! 

1. Russell Community Theater, Russell, KS

It is the mission of the Russell Community Theater in Russell, “to perform live theatre for the enlightenment and enjoyment of the audience,” and they have succeeded at doing just that for the last 40 years. Great hometown entertainment for area fans and opportunities to perfect local talent. 

2. Iola Community Warehouse Theater, Iola, KS

You are encouraged to “be a star” at the Iola Community Warehouse Theater in Iola. A successful community theater group who have been performing a variety of plays and concerts for half a century. Each year volunteers and good folks promote the arts through productions and develop the theater arts, in Allen County, Kanas.

3. Mosley Street Melodrama, Wichita, KS

A one-of-a-kind experience for audience members who attend productions at the Mosley Street Melodrama in Wichita. This community theater group is top of the list, from the quick wit of the talented writers to the sensational acting of the performers. Prepare yourself for first class entertainment and if you are lucky you might end up on stage with the cast.

4. McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, KS

The McCain Auditorium is part of Kansas State University in Manhattan and home to professional shows and live community theater productions. The McCain, Main Stage offers several professional shows each year. The Second Stage theater is home to KSU students who direct, perform and design four community performance each year. 

5. Theater Atchison, Atchison, KS

Providing quality entertainment from community actors is what the Theater Atchison, in Atchison, is all about. Creating both adult and teen theater productions annually by very talented citizens, who work hard to enrich their lives and present memorable experiences for patrons. Don’t miss a performance!

6. Great Bend Community Theatre, Great Bend, KS

Not everyone can be a star on Broadway, but anyone can be a part of the very successful Great Bend Community Theatre in Great Bend. Year after year, from start to finish, this theater troupe provides quality hometown entertainment for central Kansas on stage at the Crest Theater.

7. The Depot Theater Company, Dodge City, KS

Performing live Broadway plays every year, and said to be the “crown jewel of the western Kansas art scene” there is nothing simple about the very talented Depot Theater Company members of Dodge City. The company has been entertaining area citizens and a few tourists for over 30 years. Don’t miss a minute of their main productions, their “experimental, side-tract” productions, or their renowned cabaret.  

8. The Olathe Community Theater Association, Olathe, KS

When you set in a seat at the Olathe Civic Theater in Olathe, you won’t notice the years and years of hard work community volunteers have poured into making each production. You only notice the wonderful displays of each actor and each stage hand, who have spent years and years perfecting performances. It is well worth the ticket, the seat!

9. The Junction City Little Theater, Junction City, KS

Said to be one of the oldest, active community theater group in the state of Kansas, the Junction City Little Theater in Junction City began in 1949. Then and now this theater troupe of local performers and productions assistants continues to perform outstanding live theater and entertaining audiences in the historic C.L. Hoover Opera House. 

10. The Auburn Community Theater, Auburn, KS

The Auburn Community Theater (ACT) in Auburn began by a small group of friends who wanted to produce and act in a community theater setting. The group succeeded, and 10 plus years later the ACT theater group has grown and performs regularly at the Hussey Theater in downtown Topeka. A celebrated group who have performed some of the best community theater around.

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