April-June Highlights

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Curtain goes up on Music Theatre season

Music Theatre Wichita celebrates its 46th season in 2017 with five Broadway favorites that started on the big screen and then were adapted for the stage. The season kicks off June 14-18 with a toe-tapping visit to the Twenties with “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” the tale of Kansan Millie Dillmount who takes New York City by storm.

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” takes the stage June 28-July 2, followed by “Hairspray,” winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, July 12-16. A new rendition of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” featuring songs from the Disney film will be presented July 26-30. Disney’s “Newsies” Aug. 11-20 will be one of the first times a regional theater has created a brand-new version of this hit show.

Season tickets available. Performances are Wednesday-Sunday evenings with weekend matinees at Century II Concert Hall. For tickets, call 265-3107 or visit MTWichita.org


Big Chill comes to Exploration Place

A national traveling exhibit titled Discover the Age Ice allows visitors to Exploration Place to discover the giant creatures that lived during the last of Earth’s five great ice ages. Included are mammoths, saber-toothed cats and mastodons in the exhibit, which will be in Wichita Feb. 4 to April 30.

Exploration Place will also host Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival from Jan. 28 to April 23. The festival highlights the beauty, sights and sounds of Vietnam through it most important annual celebration. For more info, visit exploration.org


WAM hosts Hudson River School landscapes

“The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New York Historical Society” will be on display at the Wichita Art Museum Feb. 4-April 29. On display will be 41 landscape paintings, including “Autumn Woods” by Albert Bierstadt (left).

The exhibit includes masterpieces by such artists as Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand and Bierstadt. The 19th-century Hudson River School painters’ reverence for nature showed in their landscapes. For more info, visit wichitaartmuseum.org.