MANHATTAN — A suspicious haunting. Eccentric lovers. A mysterious motorcyclist. K-State Theatre, a part of Kansas State University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, will open its 2019-2020 main stage season with Alan Ayckbourn’s “Taking Steps.”
In the fast-paced British farce, relationships unravel during the sale of a Victorian mansion, in which all the rooms, passages and stairways are portrayed on a single level.
Showtimes for “Taking Steps” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Oct. 17-19 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20, all at K-State’s Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall. It is directed by Jennifer Vellenga, head of acting and directing for K-State’s theatre program and an associate director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The play is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. and is made possible, in part, with funding from the K-State Student Governing Association.
Tickets are $11 for K-State students and youth under 18; $14 for K-State faculty and staff, as well as those over 55 and military; and $16 for the general public. Tickets may be ordered online at k-state.edu/mtd/tickets, by phone at 785-236-8638 or at the Nichols Hall box office, 119 Nichols Hall, which opens one hour before each performance. Online and phone orders will receive e-tickets at no additional charge, but additional fees apply to will call or mail orders.
Theatre program faculty involved with the production of “Taking Steps” include LaVonne Canfield, instructor, stage manager supervisor; James Davis, assistant professor, sound and lighting designer; George Wame Matthews, instructor, scene shop supervisor; Melissa Neville, instructor, costume shop manager; Dana Pinkston, associate professor, costume designer; and Ben Stark, associate professor, technical director.
The following K-State students are cast or crew members for “Taking Steps.”
Cole Rockhold, senior in theater, Fort Scott, as Leslie Bainbridge; Victor Romo, senior in theatre and English, Hugoton, as Tristram Watson; Chelsea Turner, senior in American ethnic studies and theatre, Kansas City, wardrobe crew; Chris Reardon, junior in theatre, Manhattan, set/prop crew member; Sterling Matthew Oliver, senior in theatre, Marysville, as Mark Boxer; Jillian Sommerauer, sophomore in theatre, Overland Park, stage manager; J.D. Warren, senior in theatre, Salina, prop master; Emma Price, junior in theatre, Scott City, as Kitty; Alison Davids, junior in theatre, Spring Hill, assistant stage manager; Jacob Edelman-Dolan, senior in theatre, as Roland Crabbe, and Brett Broadbent, senior in theatre, dramaturg, both from Topeka; and Ceslie Parker-Waller, senior in theatre, Wichita, light board operator.
Students from out of state:
Elizabeth Kritikos, senior in theatre, New Lenox, Ill., set/prop crew member; Khalil Odums, junior in theatre, Kansas City, Mo., wardrobe crew; Annie Davis, senior in theatre, Hastings, Neb., scenic designer; Katherine Boulanger, master’s student in theatre, Bartlesville, Okla., scene shop graduate assistant; Jacob Woolworth, senior in theatre, Temple, Texas, assistant director; and Olivia Carter, senior in theatre, Thiensville, Wisc., as Elizabeth Crabbe.