Fall 2017 Season Announcement

We are incredibly excited to announce our Fall 2017 season of music, theatre, and dance performances at the Lawrence Arts Center. We will be working with youth and adult actors, non-professional and professional dancers, and musicians to bring our fall season to life. Mark your calendars and stay tuned to purchase tickets!


Story Slam                                                                                                     September 8, October 13, November 10, 2017

Real stories, live & uncensored. Stories told live, MOTH-style, the second Friday of each month. Never the same story, or evening, twice. Adults, 18+ only. Live music & social hour starts at 7pm. Slam starts at 7:30pm. Cocktails throughout. The second Friday of every month, September to May (except December).


World Cello Day                                                                                                                                           September 21, 2017

The Lawrence Arts Center, in collaboration with the Oread Strings, will present a concert to celebrate the U.N. International Day of Peace. Enjoy the sounds of the finest regional cello players while viewing art during Lawrence’s 3rd Biennial Print Week. The concert will feature six cellists, each performing one of the six Bach Cello Suites, and will take place in the Large Gallery, a breathtaking space, visually and acoustically. The Bach Cello Suites are some of the most recognizable music composed for solo cello, and were popularized by the Spanish cellist Pablo Casals, who was awarded the U.N. Peace Medal for his commitment to peace, justice, and freedom. Engage with people around the world on World Peace Day by attending this not-to-be-missed concert. #PeaceDay


Blackbox Cabaret with Mary Baker and Friends                                                                                        October 7, 2017

Following their sold-out Black Box Cabaret last August, Mary Baker & Friends return for another evening of songs from Broadway & movie musicals inspired by the New York Cabaret scene. This popular cabaret series recently celebrated its 16th anniversary. Director Mary Baker accompanies on piano with Valance Penn on drums. Join us for an evening filled with music and friends, featuring the best of musical theatre and beyond in Lawrence.


Pinkalicious!                                                                                                                                             October 12-15th, 2017

We are proud to present Pinkalicious, a family musical that celebrates all things pink! Our heroine Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe–a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast.


Experience Twin Peaks: Welcome to the Black Lodge                                                                 October 27-28th, 2017

In October, join us for a unique immersive theatrical experience. Indulge your senses in a live music performance dripping with uncanny moments inspired by cult classic television series, Twin Peaks. Check into the Black Lodge, meet Special Agent Dale Cooper, and pull up a chair for some pie and coffee in this mysterious dessert theatre experience filled with live music and surprise performances. Celebrate the new season of Twin Peaks by coming dressed as your favorite character and joining a wonderfully surreal theatrical experience.


An Evening with Andy McKee                                                                                                                    November 4, 2017

Join us for Andy McKee’s last stop on his world tour. Topekan native, Andy McKee, is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevate him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits, and a signature two-handed technique.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever                                                                               November 30/December 1-2, 2017

In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant are faced with casting the Herdman kids- probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem- and the fun- when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! The delightful comedy is adapted from the best selling book.


The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet 2017                                                                                    December 8-10/15-17, 2017

Featuring the Lawrence Ballet Theatre and Free State Liberation Orchestra (with mandolins). Music conducted and arranged by Jeff Dearinger. Artistic Direction and Choreography by Hanan Misko, Dance School Director. Additional choreography by Cynthia Crews, Artistic Director of Lawrence Ballet Theatre. Still in Kansas, this year’s Nutcracker is all new, and all dance. Remarkably fresh and filled with music and dance, magic, mystery, and spectacle, this newly envisioned ballet production is a seasonal favorite. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story and set in Kansas, witness the magic and wonder of Drosselmeyer and Clara defeating the Mouse King and liberating the Nutcracker from his enchanted form.