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Dinner Theatre at Cowtown

7/21/2010
Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services | ACato@wichita.gov | (316) 462-2787, ext. 742

Vagabond Players bring “Red, White & Tuna” to life

Old Cowtown Museum is reviving its dinner theatre tradition with the production of “Red, White and Tuna” on July 30-31, featuring the talents of the newly formed Vagabond Players acting troupe. Cowtown’s Empire House will host one performance each evening beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $23.95 per person, which includes a fried chicken dinner and the show. There will also be a cash bar. Reservations can be made by calling (316) 350-3323.

The Vagabond Players includes many recognizable faces in the Wichita theatre community. They include Jean Ann Cusick, Paul Jackson, Liz Willis Henry, Chistine Tasheff and Bucky Walters. Their bios are available at wichita.gov., click on “Arts and Culture,” then “Old Cowtown Museum.” The group of seasoned actors came together with a desire to give back to the community. Nearly all of the proceeds from the show will stay with Cowtown to support its programs and services.

“We will use scripts, minimal props, costumes and music,” Cusick said. “Our goal is to create so much excitement and energy on stage that you won’t even notice the scripts. We are definitely a new kind of Reader’s Theater.”

“Red, White and Tuna” is the third in a series of comedic plays set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas. This time around the characters are getting ready for the Fourth of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. The play – written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard – takes the audience through a satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas' third smallest town.

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