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All MTYP ticket sales are facilitated through WichitaTIX. If you are a school, interested in making reservations for a school matinee, call our office at 316=262-6897 or email email@example.com.
MTYP holds auditions for the productions during the school year but one production is reserved as an “enrollment show,” in which all students are automatically cast in the show upon enrollment. Be sure to join our email list to stay up to date on enrollment shows, camps, and auditions.
All MTYP shows are cast by the director, music director, and choreographer.
MTYP only produces the original licensed musicals. Exceptions may be made for changing inappropriate language. Some shows might also be shortened to accommodate a school matinee performance. In order to allow school groups to get to the show and back to school, performances will be shortened to approximately 2 hours. The regular public performances will be full length.
MTYP rehearses Sundays, from 2-5 p.m., and Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 6-8 p.m. We are very willing to work with scheduling conflicts. It is important to communicate conflicts with the Stage Manager the first day of rehearsal via your conflict sheet. The closer to the production, the more frequently everyone is scheduled to rehearse. During tech week, every cast member is required to be at each rehearsal.
Most shows rehearse for 7-8 weeks.
Rehearsals are held at Century II, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita. Our rehearsal room is on the 1st floor. Cast enters through the “Stage Door" on the south side of Century II. The “Stage Door" is in the breezeway between the round Century II building and the square Expo Hall building. Drop off/Pick Up for cast members is on the west side of Century II.
Tech week begins the Monday before Friday’s opening night. Monday is usually used for learning the spacing and set requirements of a show, on the stage. Tuesday and Wednesday, costumes and make-up are introduced, and Thursday is the final dress rehearsal when everything will be perfect!
When you audition for a show, you are asked to list your rehearsal conflicts, including school concerts, vacations, after school activities, piano lessons, everything on your calendar. Then if a rehearsal schedules you to attend, you are excused if your conflict was announced prior to the scheduling. If you are not excused, you may find you miss learning a dance or being blocked in a scene, which you will need to make up. Communication with the production manager or stage managers is crucial!
MTYP offers three or four musicals during the school year. We also facilitate several camps during summer and winter break as well as various workshops throughout the year.
Yes. We believe that school matinees are important to introduce more young people to live theatre. Our shows make great field trips for all ages! Many matinee attendees either end up participating in a show or camp. Matinees are generally offered at 10 a.m. on Friday during the run. Call our office at 316-262-6897 to make a reservation.
MTYP friends, artistic staff and Wichita theatre professionals often suggest show titles to us for consideration. However, the Executive Director and MTYP Board Members select the shows performed each season.
All main stage shows are performed at Mary Jane Teall Theater at Century II. The theater houses 623 seats and an orchestra pit. Camp shows are performed at the respective camp’s location.
MTYP Camp is a fully packed week (or two, depending on camp session) of singing, dancing, and FUN! Campers learn songs, choreography, and lines from a musical appropriate to their age and ability. Auditions for roles are held the first morning of camp, facilitated by the camp music director and choreographer. No prepared audition or previous experience is required to participate in the camp. The focus of the camp is working on the show and learning more about musical theatre, with a performance at the end of camp for friends and family.
Full productions during the school year have a performance fee of $175. Camp cost varies – check the camp page for current camp tuition fees. All shows and camps include a show t-shirt.
Partial scholarships are available for MTYP shows and camps through the Julie Curfman Fund. If cast in a musical, ask for a scholarship application at the first rehearsal. For camps or enrollment shows, call our office at 316-262-6897 to request a scholarship form. All scholarships are need-based, with income, dependents, and extraordinary circumstances considered.
MTYP staff is selected after careful consideration of the needs of the musical and the available potential staff. People who love working with young people are the only people considered. When using a staff person for the first time, recommendations from other theatre professionals are solicited by MTYP. Most staff are actors working in the Wichita area. We also hire costume designers, lighting designers, properties managers, production managers, and awesome union crews.Click here to learn about our current show Artistic Staff.
YES! Any contribution to MTYP is tax-deductible. MTYP is sustained by the direct involvement of each family member’s talents, interests, and abilities. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, MTYP relies on the generosity of patrons who support our mission. Our Federal Tax I.D. number is 48-1008353.
You can donate to MTYP in a number of ways. Click here for more details.