Nov
30
to Dec 1

TW PLAYERS SPECIAL PERFORMANCE - Snow Angel

Snow Angel by David-Lindsay Abaire

A great play for older elementary and middle school audiences, Snow Angel will entertain audiences of all ages.

When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 15 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search. What Eva's searching for -- and who she truly is -- becomes a mystery that baffles, divides, and energizes the teens of Deerpoint. Told through journal entries and interactions among the students over the course of a single snow day, Snow Angel is a funny and eerie tale of teen angst, discovery, and the power of believing.

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Feb
15
to Feb 18

MUSICAL - The Addams Family

  • Douglas P. Goheen Auditorium at Topeka West High School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for the fun and kooky musical, THE ADDAMS FAMILY!

It’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Details regarding auditions, casting, and tickets to come.

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Apr
19
to Apr 21

SPRING PLAY - Mr. Burns

Mr. Burns by Anne Washburn

WINNER - 2015 Whiting Award
NOMINEE- 2014 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off- Broadway Play
Anne Washburn is the recipient of the 2015 Whiting Award for Drama

Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future.

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.

A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

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Nov
9
to Nov 11

FALL PLAY - The Secret in the Wings

The Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman

Mary Zimmerman’s The Secret in the Wings adapts a group of lesser-known fairy tales to create a theatrical work that sets their dark mystery against her signature wit and humor. The framing story concerns a child and the frightening babysitter with whom her parents leave her. As the babysitter reads from a book, the characters in each of the tales materialize, with each tale breaking off just at its bleakest moment before giving way to the next one.  The central tale is told without interruption, after which each previous tale is successively resumed, with each looming disaster averted. As in Zimmerman’s other productions, here she uses costumes, props, sets, and lighting to brilliant effect, creating images and feelings that render the fairy tales in all their elemental and enduring power.

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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

IMPROV - A Night of Spoooky Improv...

Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to support Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat (TOTS-EAT) and witness an hour of hilarious improv presented by the TW Players.

TOTS-EAT is the International Thespian Society’s annual nationwide community service initiative. In 2016, 244 troupes collected and distributed over 292,000 pounds of food for their neighbors in need. Visit the TOTS-EAT library for more information including this year's award winners and a full list of 2016 TOTS-EAT participants!

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Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

POPS CONCERT 2017 - Night 2

Join us for the annual Performing Arts Showcase and Talent Show, Pops Concert!

Along with student auditioned acts, this is your one and only opportunity to see all of the performing arts in one place:  Drumline, Percussion Ensemble, Knights Jazz Ensemble, TW Players, Singers, Concert Choir, Chansonettes, Choralaires, and Orchestra.

All funds raised will support the performing arts department in the 2017-18 school year.

Every preshow donation of $5.00 through the Westside Bank or any TW Thespian before the show will secure one ticket.  All tickets purchased at the door will be $6.00.

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

POPS CONCERT 2017 - Night 1

Join us for the annual Performing Arts Showcase and Talent Show, Pops Concert!

Along with student auditioned acts, this is your one and only opportunity to see all of the performing arts in one place:  Drumline, Percussion Ensemble, Knights Jazz Ensemble, TW Players, Singers, Concert Choir, Chansonettes, Choralaires, and Orchestra.

All funds raised will support the performing arts department in the 2017-18 school year.

Every preshow donation of $5.00 through the Westside Bank or any TW Thespian before the show will secure one ticket.  All tickets purchased at the door will be $6.00.

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Slayers Show 2017

What happens when the Topeka West Singers and the Topeka West Players combine their powers?  

We're not exactly sure, but we do know it will be a great time.  Singing, dancing, and sketches will have you entertained all night long.  Look out for a collaboration with the Westsiders as well!

Admission is a suggested donation of $5.00.

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Nov
17
to Nov 19

Noises Off by Michael Frayn

  • Topeka West High School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mark your calendars for our fall theatre production of one of the greatest and funniest farces ever written, Noises Off by Michael Frayn!  

With a comedy on the rocks, lost lines, love triangles, and a set to amaze, you won't want to miss our students' work and the celebration of the 100th Topeka West production by our technical director, Mr. Mike Callaway!

We will see you November 17, 18, and 19 to share in the laughs.

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May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Players Show

Save the date!  Another installment of the entertaining night of sketches, music, improv, and dance known as Players Show returns to the Topeka West stage May 4th at 7:00 PM.  This fun evening is a fundraiser for the theater department and will be a night full of laughs.  Adult tickets are $5.00 and student tickets are $3.00 or two for $5.00.  Tickets may be purchased from any cast member or at the door.

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Apr
14
to Apr 16

The Library

Caitlin Gabriel has a story to tell.  Will anyone listen?  Reporters swept in quickly after a recent school shooting and the story widely reported does not match Caitlin's.  Reputations and the truth are at stake as everyone either attempts to find some peace from the community's recent tragedy. From playwright Scott Z. Burns, "this bold and chilling play that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us" (Dramatists Play Service).

Tickets to this drama performed for the first time NE Kansas are $5.00 and may be purchased from any cast member or at the door.  This play is intended for our patrons over 13 years old.

Cast List

CAITLIN GABRIEL - Claire Sundbye

NOLAN GABRIEL - Skyler Lindquist

ELIZABETH GABRIEL - KorieAnn Ashburn

DAWN SHERIDAN - Tracy Bell

RYAN MAYES - Denilson Lopez

MARSHALL BAUER - Rider Heymans

NURSE - Liz Freeman

SURGEON - Kaylee Free

THE PUBLISHER - Sara Coen

DETECTIVE WASHBURN - Breana Tiffany

FATHER DUNSTON - Eli Smith

S. MASTER THORNTON - Rachael Damerval

Crews

STAGE MANAGER - Becca Stottlemire

PUBLICITY / HOUSE MANAGERS - Alex Reid, Aberesa Summerville, Alora Wilder, Eric Hoyt

LIGHTS - Jonathan Waggle, Damien Riley, Zoe Tippets

PROPS - Annaleeza Stenti, Damien Riley, Taylor Wingert-Ashlock

MAKE-UP - Alora Wilder

SOUND - Jessica Paillet, Zoe Tippets

 

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Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

Face - Vocal Rock Band Concert

Catch some great music and 1989 alumnus Mark Megibow in a concert to benefit the students at Topeka West High School.  Featured on the hit competition "The Sing Off", Face is a "vocal rock band" that will have you tapping your feet and humming along to the classics and contemporary music all performed live and only using the voice and body.

Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for adults for a one of a kind concert in Topeka.  Check out this article originally published in the Topeka Capital-Journal for more information on Mark and Face!

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Nov
12
to Nov 14

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Shakespeare returns to the Topeka West stage with the delightful comedy, Twelfth Night.  Don't miss out on your chance to fall in love with the antics of the clowns and the mistaken identities of the lovers in a take especially designed for our space and our community.

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Sep
29
3:15 PM15:15

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Auditions

Topeka West Theatre returns to the Shakespeare folio for a lovely romantic comedy set in a more modern frame for our actors and audiences.  Students will not want to miss out on bringing this classic to the stage.  

Drop in to A110 leading up to auditions for information and audition prep materials.

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Sep
28
3:15 PM15:15

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Auditions

Topeka West Theatre returns to the Shakespeare folio for a lovely romantic comedy set in a more modern frame for our actors and audiences.  Students will not want to miss out on bringing this classic to the stage.  

Drop in to A110 leading up to auditions for information and audition prep materials.

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May
13
7:00 PM19:00

Players Show 2015

Join us for another night of Players fun!  Original sketches, improv, music, and dancing are a great way to wrap up the theatre season.  BE THERE!

Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for any TW student who purchases their ticket from a TW Player or Mr. McCoy in A110.

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Apr
23
to Apr 25

Middletown by Will Eno

Winner of the inaugural Horton Foote Award for Most Promising New Play of 2010, Will Eno's Middletown is a "Richly engaging and satisfyingly theatrical, with heart and humor. A modern-day equivalent to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town." - TheatreMania

Join us as a cast of over 20 students share "a deeply moving and funny new play exploring the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between" (SamuelFrench.com) 

General admission tickets will be available at the door or from any cast member for $5.00.

CAST

  • Public Speaker.......................................Wesley Lowrey
  • Cop.............................................................Grant Hébert
  • Mrs. Swanson.........................................Abigail Stallbaumer
  • John Dodge...........................................Jacob Edelman-Dolan
  • Mechanic..................................................Denilson Lopez
  • Librarian....................................................Liz Freeman
  • Tour Guide..............................................Tracy Bell
  • Male Tourist............................................Giovan Rodriguez
  • Female Tourist.......................................Anastasiya Grigoryeva
  • Greg............................................................Eric Hoyt
  • Ground Control......................................Aidan Bly
  • Aunt/Cop’s Radio/Intercom.............Marisol Chavez
  • Sweetheart..............................................Kaylee Dinwidde
  • Freelancer/Male Doctor.....................Skyler Lindquist
  • Man..............................................................Sergio White
  • Woman......................................................Molly Taggart
  • Landscaper..............................................Trey Austin
  • Female Doctor.......................................Claire Sundbye
  • Attendants...............................................Illena Arellano, Tanya Martinez
  • Janitor/Radio Host...............................Daniel Piland

CREW

  • Stage Manager.....................Becca Stottlemire
  • Lights.......................................Alex Gourlay, Marisol Chavez, Alex Kinsinger, Trey Austin, Sergio White
  • Props........................................Lucero Padilla, Haley Justus, Jesse Barnes, Taylor Wingert-Ashlock, Daniel Piland, Tanya Martinez, Emily Ellis
  • Sound......................................Alex Kinsinger, Elizabeth Stegman
  • Costumes..............................Alexis Watson, Tracy Bell, Liz Freeman
  • Publicity.................................Alex Reid, Claire Sundbye, Kaylee Dinwiddie, Molly Taggart, Aidan Bly, Eric Hoyt
  • House Managers.................Haley Justus, Alex Reid, Breana Tiffany, Haley Grissett
  • Make-Up.................................Grace Cole, Unique Wilson, Anastasiya Grigoryeva

 

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Mar
26
to Mar 28

The Sparrow

A special presentation by the TW Players with limited seating on stage, 80 seats, with the actors.  Performances Thursday and Saturday only starting at 7:00 PM.

Synopsis from DramaticPublshing.com:  Ten years ago Emily Book, the lone survivor of a horrible school bus accident, was sent away from the tiny town of Spring Farm. Now, in her senior year, Emily must return in order to graduate from high school. When she arrives, shy and guarded, Emily is unwillingly thrust into the whirlwind of Spring Farm High. Guided by her biology teacher, Mr. Christopher, and befriended by head cheerleader, Jenny McGrath, Emily must learn to fit in with her classmates while yearning to stay out of the spotlight. But when Jenny's life is threatened in a dangerous stunt at the homecoming basketball game, Emily reveals her true powers as she saves Jenny's life in a stunning display of telekinetic heroism. Thus, Spring Farm's own darling superhero, "The Sparrow," is born. Can this strange girl with even stranger powers be the hero that her town is longing for, or will her dark secret destroy them all? The Sparrow taps into the fundamental aching of adolescence—fearing that we're somehow different while hoping that we're somehow special.

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Feb
19
to Feb 22

Lucky Stiff, the Musical

From the composers of Ragtime and Seussical, the Musical, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have created a "murder mystery farce of mistaken identities, millions in diamonds and a wheelchair-bound corpse will leave you dying of laughter" (mtishows.com). 

You won't want to miss this hilarious musical that will have you rolling in the aisles.

Ticket information will be available in January for another Topeka West Theatre production that you won't see anywhere else in town!

Workshops:  November 24 & 25       Auditions: December 2 & 3

For more information check out the following link: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000049

Productions:  February 19, 20, 21 at 7:00 PM and February 22 at 2:00 PM.

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Nov
13
to Nov 15

Mary Zimmerman's The Arabian Nights

East meets West for an evening embracing storytelling in all its power, humor, and healing.  In a traditional and contemporary play that communicates the interconnectedness of all, nineteen West actors take on a multitude of comedic and dramatic roles to tell the stories of Scheherezade as she attempts to save her own life night after night under the watchful stare of Shahryar.  Adapted from The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, The Arabian Nights written by Mary Zimmerman is sure to not only entertain, but amaze.

Admission is $5.00 and may be purchased from any cast member or at the door.

Cast

Scheherezade, Sympathy the Learned, and others - Abigail Stallbaumer

Dunyazade, Girl, and others - Claire Perry

Shahryar, Mock Khalifah, Aziz, and others - Jacob Edelman-Dolan

Perfect Love, Other Woman, Persian, and others - Claire Sundbye

Harun al-Rashid, Sheikh al-Islam, and others - Lucero Padilla

Wazir, First Sage, and others - Grant Hebert

Greengrocer, Robber, Kadi, and others - Scott Rak

Jester, Prince of Fools, Boy, Kurd, and others - Skyler Lindquist

Pastrycook, Madman, Jafar, and others - Sergio White

Third Sage, Ishak of Mosul, and others - Marisol Chavez

Butcher, Sympathy’s Brother, and others - Rider Heymans

Sheikh, Chief of Police, and others - Daniel Piland

Slave Girl, Jester’s Wife, Girl in Garden, and others - Baylee Parsons

Clarinetest, Bride, and others - Breana Tiffany

Second Sage and others - Giovan Rodriguez

Azizah and others - Quinn American Horse

Shop Assistant, Poor Man, and others - Tracy Bell

Chief of Keys, Abu al-Hasan, and others - Denilson Lopez

Dancing Girl, Experienced Woman, and others - Korie Ann Ashburn

 

Crew List

Stage Manager - (McCoy)

Becca Stottlemire

Props - (Ralston/Sturges)

Sean Trail, Zach Young, Adam Bourne, Lucas Jackson, Jesse Barnes, Katy Allen, Catherine LaRue, Sydnee Parsons, Nina Killion, Taylor Wingert-Ashlock

Costumes - (Hopkins)

Grace Cole, Angelica Salazar, Alexis Watson, Michaela Troxell, Jennifer Gamblian, Tanya Martinez

Make-Up - (McCoy)

Anastasiya Grigoryeva, Unique Wilson, Tanya Martinez, Rachael Damerval, Sierra White

Publicity/House Managers - (McCoy)

Octavian Johnson, Civana Patterson, Brianna Gomez, Bailey Williams, Alex Reid,  Tatiyana Wade, Elizabeth Stegman, Illena Arellano, Liz Freeman

Sound - (McCoy/Kinsinger)

Alex Kinsinger, Elizabeth Stegman

Lights - (Callaway)

Alex Kinsinger, Brenden Willetts,  Andrew Mannell, Jacob Letsch, Anastasiya Grigoryevna

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Sep
18
to Sep 20

Pops Concert 2014

Our student talent show and fine arts department showcase is back again.  Come join us for the first performances of the year by the Concert Choir, Singers, Choralaires, Knights Jazz Ensemble, Premier and Concert Strings, Westsiders, and the T.W. Players.  Auditioned student acts will join the fine arts department in a night you won't want to miss.  

As this is a fundraiser for the fine arts department, we are selling tickets.  $5.00 for General Admission and $10.00 for VIP seating down front and center.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or from any Topeka West Player or Singer.

Performances will start at 7:00 PM on September 18 and 20 at the Douglas P. Goheen Auditorium.

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Players Show

Original and published performances, a little bit of improv and a whole lot of fun!  Don't miss out on Players Show 2014.  

Tickets are $5.00 for adults or 2 students for $5.00 for students who purchase tickets before Saturday's performance.

BE THERE!

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Apr
24
to Apr 26

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Check out Neil Simon's classic comedy about the Jerome family in the late '30's New York City suburb, Brighton Beach.  

Suggested audience - 13 years old and up.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or from any cast member for $5.00!

Performances Thrusday, Friday, and Saturday start at 7:00 PM.

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Mar
4
to Mar 5

Brighton Beach Memoirs Auditions

3M, 4F and Crew

We'll see you at auditions afterschool March 4th and/or 5th for our spring play.  Questions? Drop into Mr. McCoy's room and ask.  Want to read over a script to prepare for auditions? Drop by Mr. McCoy's room and pick one up. 

Plot Overview:  Here is part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."  (SamuelFrench.com)

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Feb
20
to Feb 23

Children of Eden

Don't miss out on this year's musical, Children of Eden. From the creator of Wicked and Pippin, Stephen Schwartz, this musical for children of all ages stages the early stories of Genesis from Adam and Eve to Noah's Ark.  

Beautiful music and a story adapted to examine these stories from a family perspective will make for a night of engaging and entertaining theatre. 

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $9.00.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances start at 7:00 PM with the Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM.

Check out a teaser of only two of the many performing this weekend here: http://youtu.be/CSdW1y7_8Aw 

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