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East Theatre is the oldest theatre company in Wichita.

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Past Productions
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For over a century, East Theatre has been entertaining Wichita.

1920

2018

1990

1980

1970

1960

1950

1930

2010

1940

2000

2018-2019

The Visit - November 15-17, 2018; Photos

-The Wedding Singer

Museum

IB/Rep One-Acts & Original Works

-Hairspray (District Musical)

Almost Maine - April 4-6, 2019; Photos

You Can’t Take It With You

Drama 2 One-Acts


2017-2018

Arsenic & Old Lace - November 16-18, 2017; Photos

-All Shook Up - January 26-28, 2018; Photos

IB/Rep One-Acts & Original Works

Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Nights of Broadway

Drama 2 One-Acts


2016-2017

-The Music Man- October 21-23, 2016; Photos

Black Comedy - November 17-19, 2016; Photos

The White Liars - November 17-19, 2016; Photos

Drama II Showcase - December 3, 2016

IB/Rep One-Acts & Original Works - December 10, 2016

-Legally Blonde - January 27-29, 2017; Photos

Noises Off - April 6-9, 2017

Steel Magnolias - April 21-22, 2017

Class Action - May 6, 2017


2015-2016

Nights of Broadway- October 9-11, 2015

The Love of Three Oranges - November 12-14, 2015

Student Directed One-Acts - December 4 & 5, 2015

Crazy For You- January 22-24, 2016

IB/Rep One-Acts & Original Works - February 19 & 20, 2016

Comic Potential - April 7-9, 2016

The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds - April 22 & 23, 2016

Richard Cory - April 30, 2016


2014-2015

The Taming of the Shrew - October 2-4, 2014

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - October 17 & 18, 2014

The Pajama Game - November 14-16, 2014

Student Directed One-Acts - December 12 & 13, 2014

Nights of Music - February 20-22, 2015

Orpheus Descending - April 9-11, 2015


2013-2014

The Servant of Two Masters - October 3-5, 2013

Dark Side of the Moon - November 8, 2013

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Student Directed One-Act Plays

Nights of Broadway - February 14-16, 2014

The Actor's Nightmare/Baby With The Bathwater - April 10-12, 2014


2012-2013 - This is the first year in the Performing Arts Center

Nights of Broadway 8 - October 19-21, 2012; Photos

Bye Bye Birdie (District Musical)

The Good Woman of Setzuan - November, 2012; Photos

Student Directed One-Act Plays

Hairspray

Fools - April 2013; Photos

Museum


2011-2012

You Can't Take It With You

Much Ado About Nothing

Ragtime - November 17-19, 2011; Photos

Student Directed One-Acts

Nights of Music


2010-2011

Moon Over Buffalo - September 30 & October 1-2, 2010; Photos

The Last Five Years - October 22 & 23, 2010; Photos

Student Directed One-Acts

Nights of Broadway 7

Student Written One-Acts

Into the Woods - March 3-5, 2011; Photos

Camino Real


2009-2010

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Class Action - October 2009; Photos

The Marriage of Bette & Boo

Once Upon a Mattress - November 19-21, 2009; Photos

Nights of Glee

Footloose - February 18-20, 2010; Photos

Student Directed One-Act Plays - May 5-6, 2010; Photos

Flowers for Algernon - April 8-10, 2010; Photos

A Midsummer Night's Dream


2008-2009

The Love of Three Oranges - October 2-4, 2008; Photos

The Visit

Missed Communication - November 7, 2008; Photos

Nights of Broadway 6 - November 20-22, 2008; Photos

Student Directed One-Acts - February 7, 2009; Photos

The Wedding Singer - February 26-28, 2009; Photos

Pirate Fun Night - April 4, 2009; Photos

Don't Drink the Water - April 23-25, 2009; Photos

The Really Big Show


2007-2008

Arsenic & Old Lace - October 4-6, 2007; Photos

Advanced Drama Play: Museum

CHESS

One-Act Plays

Nights of Broadway

Our Town


2006-2007

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Student Directed One-Acts

Anything Goes

tick, tick...BOOM!

Talking With...

Advanced Drama Scenes

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Jack, or The Submission & The Bald Soprano

The Really Big Show IV


2005-2006

Comic Potential - October 6-8, 2005; Photos

Advanced Drama One-Acts

-Urinetown - November 17-19, 2005; Photos

-Under Milk Wood

Student Directed One-Acts

Nights of Broadway 4 - Photos

A Streetcar Named Desire - April 7-8, 2006; Photos

The Really Big Show III


2004-2005

Emma's Child - October 1-2, 2004; Photos

Advanced Drama One-Acts

Baby With The Bathwater

-Bye Bye Birdie

Camino Real

Midsummer Nights Dream

Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Nights of Broadway 3

Black Comedy

The Really Big Show II


2003-2004

You Can't Take It With You - October 2-4, 2003; Photos

Medea - November 7-8, 2003; Photos

Halloween Costume Party

One Acts

Museum - December, 2003; Photos

-Once Upon a Mattress

Fools (All-District Play) -  February, 2004; Photos

Nights of Broadway 2

Nosies Off - April, 2004; Photos

The Really Big Show


2002-2003

The Good Woman of Setzuan

·Footloose

Talking With...

Steel Magnolias

One Act Plays


2001-2002

The Visit - October 11-13, 2001; Photos

Antigone - November 2-3, 2001; Photos

·Into the Woods - November 16-18, 2001; Photos

Fools - December, 2001; Photos

Nights of Broadway - March 7-9, 2002; Photos

Rumors - May 3-5, 2002; Photos

One Acts


2000-2001

Moon Over Buffalo - October 12-14, 2000; Photos

·Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - November 2000; Photos

Harvey

Arsenic & Old Lace

·The Fantasticks - March 1-4, 2001; Photos 1, Photos 2

One Act Plays - March 10-11, 2001; Photos

Trip to Twin Cities

The Marriage of Bette & Boo

All My Sons - April 2001; Photos 1, Photos 2


1999-2000

Don't Drink the Water - October, 1999; Photos

·Oklahoma - November 19-20, 1999; Photos

Who Killed Richard Cory

The Worst High School Play in the World

One-Act Plays

·Godspell

Trip to Chicago & NYC

Midsummer Night's Dream - April, 2000; Photos


1998-1999

The Man Who Came to Dinner

·You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

·Fiddler On the Roof

Fools

One Act Plays

Camino Real

Steel Magnolias


1997-1998

The Foreigner - October 10-11, 1997; Photos

·Anything Goes - November, 1997; Photos

·Joan of Arc - February 19-21, 1998; Photos

Taming of the Shrew - May 1-2, 1998; Photos

Baby With the Bathwater - May, 1998; Photos

Extra: Advanced Drama Classes Photos - Spring 1998

Extra: Spring Break Trip to Chicago Photos - March, 1998

Extra: Theatre Senior Photos - May 1998


1996-1997

Black Comedy - October 10 & 12, 1996; Photos

White Lies - October 10 & 12, 1996; Photos

·Chess - January 30-February 1, 1997; Photos

·Oliver

The Marriage of Bette & Boo - April 10-11, 1997; Photos

Extra: Thespian Activities Photos - May 1997


1995-1996

The Curious Savage - October, 1995; Photos

One Act Plays

·Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - February, 1996; Photos

·Jesus Christ Superstar

·Pippin

Much Ado About Nothing - April, 1996; Photos


1994-1995

You Can't Take It With You - October, 1994; Photos

·My Fair Lady

·Nunsense - January 26-28, 1995; Photos

·Once Upon a Mattress

One Act Plays

Inherit The Wind - Spring 1995; Photos

Extra: Thespian Activities Photos


1993-1994

The Crucible

A Midsummer's Night Dream

Alice in Wonderland

·Music Man


1992-1993

Arsenic and Old Lace

Romeo and Juliet

Our Town

·Fiddler on the Roof

·Grease


1991-1992

Steel Magnolias

·Something in the Air Feels Like Tomorrow

Play On

·Oklahoma


1990-1991

The Outsiders

·Godspell

Ten Little Indians


1989-1990

The Scarlet Letter

Alice In Wonderland

The Wave


1988-1989

Blithe Spirit - October 18 & 19, 1989; Photos

Angel Street - February, 1989; Photos

Where The Lillies Bloom - Photos


1987-1988

God's Favorite - November 12 & 13, 1987; Photos

·King and I - February 22 & 23, 1988; Photos

Importance of Being Earnest - Photos

Stars For A Night


1986-1987

The Tender Trap - November 20 & 22, 1986; Photos

I Never Saw Another Butterfly - Photos

·Godspell - January 30-31, 1987; Photos


1985-1986

·Anything Goes

Spoon River Anthology

The Chalk Garden


1984-1985

Curious Savage - [Photos]

Antigone

·Fiddler On The Roof


1983-1984

Bus Stop

Diary of Anne Frank

One Act Plays:

-Plaza Suite

-Apple Tree

-The Good Doctor


1982-1983

Arsenic and Old Lace

·Fantastiks

The Tormented Shall Walk the Night


1981-1982

Exit The Body

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Hedda Gabler


1980-1981

The Odd Couple

·The Mikado

Heaven Can Wait

Extra: Theatre Activity Photos 1946-1981


1979-1980

The Good Doctor - October; Photos

·Man of La Mancha

The Absence of a Cello - May; Photos


1978-1979

Story Theatre

·You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Taming of the Shrew


1977-1978 ***This is the first year of the "Performing Arts Department"

Man Who Came To Dinner

·Fiddler on the Roof

Glass Menagerie


1976-1977

You Can't Take It With You

·The Fantastiks

Inherit The Wind


1975-1976

The Odd Couple - October 23-24, 1975; Photos

Which Way America? - Photos

Born Yesterday - Photos


1974-1975

Story Theatre - Photos

A Streetcar Named Desire - Photos

·Godspell - Photos


1973-1974

Come Back Little Sheba - Photos

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Photos

My Three Angels


1972-1973

The Tormented Shall Walk The Night?

The Great American Drifter

8 20 Gas

Joan of Lorraine - Photo

Children's Theatre: Puss in Boots


1971-1972

·You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - Photos

Harvey - Photos

Song in the Wind


1970-1971

Flowers For Algernon - Photos

A Thurber Carnival - October 22 & 24, 1970; Photos

8 20 Gas


1969-1970

Charley's Aunt - Photos

·The Fantastiks - Photos

8 20 Gas


1968-1969

Dear Me, The Sky Is Falling - Oct 24 & 26, 1969; Photos

The Carving Tool - Photos

Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Class & Club projects (Photo 1 / Photo 2 / Photo 3)


1967-1968

Breath of Spring - Photos

The Oresteia - Photos

The Tormented (not in yearbook)

·Music Man (mentioned, but not covered by yearbook)


1966-1967

You Can't Take It With You - Photos

·West Side Story (cancelled)

One-Act "Pyramus & Thisbe" from Midsummer Night's Dream (for Carnival)

Glass Menagerie - Photos


1965-1966

(East Drama Club joins the National Thespian Society)

Life With Father - Photos

·Oklahoma - Photos

Anastasia - Photos


1964-1965

My Three Angels

·H.M.S. Pinafore

Antigone


1963-1964

Pillow Talk - Photos

·Mikado - Photos

Come Back, Little Sheba - Photos


1962-1963

Dino - November 9-10, 1963; Photos

The Rainmaker - Photos

·Bye Bye Birdie - Photos


1961-1962

Auntie Mame - Photos

Lo and Behold - February 14-15, 1962; Photos

·The Pajama Game - April 12, 11 & 13, 1962; Photos


1960-1961

·South Pacific - April 20, 21 & 22, 1961; Photos

Bernardine - Photos

Diary of Anne Frank - Photos


1959-1960

·The Boyfriend

The Lark

Teahouse of the August Moon


1958-1959

·The King and I

Our Town

A Midsummer Night's Dream (April 3-4, 1959)


1957-1958

·Annie Get Your Gun

Teach Me How To Cry

Ondine


1956-1957

(This is the first year East had a Thespian Society!)

(New Lighting System in the East Aud!)

Seven Keys To Baldpate (Photo 1 / Photo 2)

Joan of Lorraine (October 20-25, 1956) (Photo 1 / Photo 2)

Sabrina Fair (February 21-22, 1957)

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (May)

One Act Plays [Junior Dramatics] (January 30-31, 1957):

---When the Sun Rises

---The Trysting Place

---Lost Victory

---Recognition scene from Anastasia

---Between Trains


1955-1956

Out of the Frying Pan-Senior Play (October 13 & 14, 1955) (Photo 1 / Photo 2)

March of Drama [excerpts from shows] (December 3, 1955)

---Medea

---The Taming of the Shrew

---This Property is Condemned

Liliom-Senior Play

Time Out For Ginger-Junior Play (February 23 & 24)

Amahl and the Night Visitors


1954-1955

Some Women Were Talking

Sparkin'

Twelfth Night (1st time Shakespeare produced at East)

Antigone

One Act Plays:

-Antic Spring

-Variety

-Undertow

-If Women Worked as Men Do

-Balcony Scene

-Joint Owners in Spain


1953-1954

Harvey

Smith vs. Smythe

A Murder Has Been Arranged

Take Care of My Little Girl

Antic Spring (one-act)


1952-1953

You Can't Take It With You

Our Miss Brooks

Stage Door

By the Light of a Star

Down In The Valley


1951-1952

Pride and Prejudice

Dear Ruth

George Washington Slept Here

Sparkin' (Jr. Dramatics)

Aunt Deborah's First Luncheon (Jr. Dramatics)

Dramatics Class/Club


1950-1951

Life With Father (directed by Miss Fisher)

The Fighting Littles (directed by Jean Lemons)

American Passport

One Act Plays:

-Undertow

-Heartattack

-The Princess Marries the Page

-A Sign Unto You

-Murder by Morning

-Opening of the Door

-Have You Had Your Operation?

-By Candlelight

Directors: Robert Copeland and Sherla Lee Fisher


1949-1950

Senior Dramatics:

---The Man Who Came To Dinner

---Once In A Lifetime

---The Imaginary Invalid

---Photo from Senior Drama Class

Junior Dramatics (6 one act plays total)

---What Are You Going To Wear

---Box and Cox


1948-1949

Unknown


1947-1948

Storm Before Sunset

Little Women

Finders Keepers

One-Act Plays:

-Mansions Pepper Pot Princess

-Tenth Word

-Wings of the Morning


1946-1947

Unknown


1945-1946

Class applying make-up (November 15, 1945)

The Bethlehem Road (December 11, 1945)

Wings Over Washington [Senior Play] (February 7, 1946)

Junior Dramatics' One Act Plays (March 14, 1946)

Schubert Alley [Senior Dramatics] (April 11, 1946)


1944-1945

A Prince There Was

The Imaginary Invalid

Come Rain or Shine

-If He Could Speak (choric drama)


1943-1944

The Voice of America (choric drama)

Passion Play

Princess Victory and the Eleven Dwarfs (skit)

Fanny and the Servant Problem

The King Rides By

*East also formed an "Oklahoma Club" for fans of the new musical.


1942-1943

Senior Dramatic Club

---We Hold Most Dear

---Sky Road

---Mrs. Miniver

Junior Dramatic Club

---She Stoops to Conquer

---Rehearsal (1-Act)

---Our Aunt From California (1-Act)

---The Fourteenth Guest (1-Act)


1941-1942

Senior Dramatic Club

---Two Minutes To Go

---Listen World

---Once and For All

Junior Dramatic Club

---By Candlelight

---Thanks Awfully

---Storm Before Sunset


1940-1941

The Good Listener

Miss Somebody Else

The Bethlehem Road

American Passport


1939-1940

Come Let Us Adore Him

The Imaginary Invalid

Growing Pains


1938-1939

[No listing in yearbook]


1937-1938

Pride and Prejudice

Lady of Letters


1936-1937

Wings of the Morning

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry

New Fires


1935-1936

The Passing of the Third Floor Bact (May 8, 1936)

The King Rides By (January 31, 1936)


1934-1935

Unknown


1933-1934

[No listing in yearbook]


1932-1933

Once In A Lifetime (May 12, 1933) [Senior Class Play]


1931-1932

The Royal Family (May 13, 1932) [Senior Class Play]


1930-1931

Little Women (May 14-15. 1931) [Senior Class Play]


1929-1930

Lilies of the Field (May 15-16, 1930) [Senior Class Play]


1928-1929 ***This in the first year "East" was added to Wichita High School***

Senior Dramatics

---The Boomerang (Photo 1 / Photo 2)

---Golden Days (Photo 1 / Photo 2)

---The Hottentot

---Merton of the Movies

---A Prince There Was

Junior Dramatics One Act Plays:

---The Hamburger King

---A Penny a Flower

---The Valient

---The Knave of Hearts

---Lunch in the Suburbs

---Good Medicine

---Dancing Dolls


1927-1928

Senior Dramatics

---Mother Carey's Chickens

---Turn to the Right (March 15, 1928)

---Clarence

---Tillie of Bloomsbury (not presented)

---The Piper's Play (1-Act)

---A Proposal Under Difficulties (1-Act)

---The Mouse Trap (1-Act)

Junior Dramatics (presented only 1-Acts)

---What Shall We Do With Aunt Sally?

---The Telegram

---The Sweetmeat Game

---My Lady's Lace

---What Shall We Do?

---Portrait of a Gentleman in Slippers

---The Copper Pot

---I Grant You Three Wishes

---68-70 Berkeley Place


1926-1927

Senior Dramatics

---Minick (January 20, 1927)

---Little Women

---Station YYYY (1-Act)

---The Goose Hangs High

Junior Dramatics

---A Matter of Choice (1-Act)

---Mystery

---From Soup to Savory

---Joint Owners in Spain

---The Travelers

---Flittermouse


1925-1926

The Youngest

Senior Dramatics:
(See a photo collection of the Seniors' plays)

---The Virginia Heroine (November 20, 1925)

---Seventeen (January 21, 1926)

---To The Ladies (March 30, 1926)

Student Directed One Act Plays (presented in class)

---Double Crossed

---A Social Service

---The Borrowed Luncheon

---A Tragedy in Chocolates

---P's and Q's

---The Ruling Class

Junior Dramatics

(See a photo collection of the Juniors' plays)

---Thursday Evening

---The Albany Depot

---The Unexpected Guest

---Neighbors

---Pennington's Too

---Sardines

---Four Fantasies

------Pierrot Of The Minute

------The Maker of Dreams

------The Dreammaker

------Mr. and Mrs. P. Roe


1924-1925

Honor Bright

The Romantic Age (photo 1/photo2)

Just Like Judy

Junior Dramatic Club

Senior Dramatic Club


1923-1924 ***This is the first year in the building now called East High***

The Judsons Entertain

The Turtle Dove

Will O' The Wisp

Spreading the News

All Star:

---The Trick of the Trade

---Bills

---A Pair of Lunatics

---Daddy-Long Legs

---Mother's Merry Christmas

---The Fatal Message

---Please Omit Flowers

---Peabody Pew

---Only 38

---The Piper's Pay

---The Elopement of Ellen

Dramatic Clubs

See the brand new Auditorium


1922-1923

Come Out of the Kitchen

Drama Classes:

---A Lady and Two Crooks

---Allison's Lad

---The Big Idea

---Trust Emily

---A Fan & Two Candlesticks

---Not A Man In the House

---Christmas Chimes

---The Sign of the Cleft Heart

---Dress Rehearsal

---The Red Lamp

---The Green Coat


1921-1922

Green Stockings (May 12-13, 1922)

Senior Dramatic Club:

---Workhouse Wards (character sketch)

---Joint Owners in Spain (character sketch)

---Cricket On the Hearth

---A Fan and Two Candlesticks
---The Green Coat

Junior Dramatic Club:

---A Pair of Friends

---Mystery (1-Act)

---Mr. X (1-Act)

---A Bunch of Roses (1-Act)

---Ode to the Passions (recitation)

---The Dress Rehearsal

---French Without a Master


1920-1921

All-of-a-Sudden Peggy

Senior Dramatic Club

---Mother's Maerry Christmas

---Rosalie

---Six Cups of Chocolate

---The Musical Proposal

Junior Dramatic Club

---A Proposal Under Difficulties

---A Regiment of Two

---The Dress Rehearsals

---Mr. X


1919-1920

Pomander Walk

Lest We Forget

Why The Chimes Rang

The Prairie Princess

Dramatic Club (Thespians)


1918-1919

Mice and Men (March 3-4, 1919)


1917-1918

Milestones


1916-1917

Collection of One Acts:

-Kishinev

-Double Rent

-The Case of Miss Bertis

-A Midsummer Night's Dream


1915-1916

A Scrap of Paper

Snaps


1914-1915

One Act-The Schoolville Chronicle

Brown's In Town


1913-1914

Christopher Junior (February 18-19, 1914)

The Kleptomaniac (Dec. 5 1913) presented by the Junior Dramatic Club


1910-1911

·The College Town


1890-1891

Class Play (Thus Far)