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Performing Arts

Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre
Washburn University
1700 SW College
785-231-1010 ext. 1639
The Washburn University theater is the finest thrust stage facility in the Midwest with an acoustical design that is acclaimed as one of the nation's best. A year-round production schedule offers a diverse theater experience. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. with matinees at 2:30 p.m. The Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain time. For a list of current performances, call the theater department.

Ballet Midwest
4300 SW Huntoon
Ballet Midwest is a not-for-profit dance company comprised of dancers from northeast Kansas who are dedicated to presenting high-quality, classical ballet productions to the Topeka regional community. Under the artistic direction of Barbara Ebert, Ballet Midwest's Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition. The annual spring ballet showcases classical and modern masterpieces. Company activities also include a Nutcracker benefit as well as community workshops and demonstrations.

Helen Hocker Center for the Performing Arts
Gage Park
700 SW Zoo Parkway
The Helen Hocker Center for the Performing Arts is an organization dedicated to enriching the cultural growth of our community. Quality family entertainment, positive learning experiences in a friendly atmosphere, and an outlet for artistic expression for young people and adults are all found in the Theater's special year-round programming. Family and youth musicals, dramas and comedies, music and dance events, along with performing arts classes and workshops are offered at the center.

Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka
4013 SW 21st
Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director June Landrith, the Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka has brought outstanding ballet performances to the capital city. Through its efforts, Topekans have enjoyed ballet productions that feature international guest artists.

Topeka Civic Theatre
3028 W. 8th
Box Office: 785-357-5211
Group Sales: 785-357-5213
Topeka's only dinner theatre, Topeka Civic Theatre serves delicious dinners while dazzling audiences with top-notch productions. Founded in 1936, TCT is the oldest community theatre in Kansas. Enjoy new hit comedies, cutting-edge dramas, and beloved Broadway musicals in an atmosphere so intimate, you'll feel like you're part of the show! Productions run year-round with dinner, non-dinner and Sunday matinee performances available. TCT is handicap-accessible and offers electronic listening devices for people who are hard of hearing. Student and group discounts are available. Visit the TCT Web site at www.topekacivictheatre.com.

Topeka Community Concerts
P.O. Box 4071
Topeka Community Concerts Association, a tradition since 1931, is the largest non-profit performing art organization in the area. The association provides outstanding live, affordable, cultural entertainment and educational experiences to a diverse audience in the Topeka area. Their goal is to promote appreciation of the performing arts and enhance the quality of community life in the capitol city. Season memberships are available for $40 and up. Four concerts are performed each season.

Topeka Festival Singers
Topeka, KS
The Topeka Festival Singers is a semi-professional choral organization dedicated to providing quality choral music encompassing many periods and styles of music. The group performs four concerts a year, plus other outside performances including an acclaimed European tour.

Topeka Performing Arts Center
214 SE 8th
Topeka's newest multi-purpose performance and convention facility, the Performing Arts Center opened in 1991 after exclusive renovation in a stunning art-deco design. State-of-the-art acoustical features make the 2,600 seat Georgia Neese Gray Performance Hall a perfect environment for local dance companies, symphonies, popular entertainment, touring artist and local talent. For a complete schedule and ticket information, the TPAC Box Office is open 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 785-297-9000.

Topeka Symphony
727 S Kansas Ave.
For over fifty years, the nationally recognized Topeka Symphony Orchestra has enriched the lives of area residents. Comprised of over 80 musicians, the TSO presents a season which includes classical, pops, family, holiday, and children's concerts. The Topeka Symphony Chorus joins the Orchestra for the annual holiday program and also presents a separate choral concert in the spring. Area high school students are afforded the opportunity for advance musical performances through the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra which performs two concerts each season. In addition, the TSO hosts the Youth Talent Auditions. The winner is invited to perform as a guest soloist with the TSO.

Washburn University Department of Music
1700 SW College
785-231-1010 ext. 1512
The Department of Music is in the division of Creative and Performing Arts and Sciences. This rapidly-growing department boasts 29 faculty members and over 80 music majors pursuing three possible undergraduate routes. It's housed in a multi-million dollar facility centered around one of the finest concert halls in the country. The Garvey Fine Arts Center is home to the Music Department Concert Series, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn Theater, Topeka Symphony Orchestra and numerous special guest artist appearances.

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