Broadway at MHS, ‘Annie’ at Columbian Theatre

By Ben Hopper

A little bit of the Big Apple is coming to the Little Apple this weekend.

The Manhattan High School Drama and Thespian Troupe No. 941 presents a Salute to Broadway at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rezac Auditorium.

More than 30 MHS performing arts students will bring great songs, scenes, monologues and dance numbers from Broadway shows to life. The show is a fundraiser for a future trip of MHS Thespians to travel to Scotland. A $10 minimum donation is suggested at the door.

Then, ease on down the road to Wamego for a big Broadway hit at Historic Columbian Theatre prices. The production of “Annie” opens its three weekend run at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Directed by Wamego’s Mindy Thierolf, this show features a cast of such favorites to the stage as Aubrey Hildebrand as Annie, Lauren Brown as Miss Hannigan, Stephanie Bowker as Grace, Robert Vaile as Daddy Warbucks, Michael Carson as Rooster and Maggie Shermoen as Lily and Bryan Scruggs.

The musical is also at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, as well as April 4-6 and April 11-13. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 students and children. For tickets and information, visit or call 785-456-2029.

Here’s a look at other area events.


MPL Chess Club, 3:30-6 p.m.

Students are invited to learn, watch and play chess.

Manhattan Public Library.


Haylapalooza and Fun Fair, 4-8 p.m.

Live entertainment, contests, prizes, airbrush tattoos, inflatables, and more. Sponsored by the Haymaker Hall Governing Board.

Haymaker Hall.


Film: “Nostalgia for the Light,” 6:30 p.m.

Chile’s Atacama Desert, with zero humidity and located 10,000 feet above sea level, draws astronomers from all over the globe to view the skies through the world’s largest telescopes with the hope of uncovering the secrets of the universe. But beneath the Atacama’s dry soil are preserved layers of human remains spanning the pre-Colombian era to the bodies of those “disappeared” after General Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 military coup. “Nostalgia for the Light” follows the stories of families searching for their loved ones, archeologists, and astronomers who converge in this otherworldly place. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

In conjunction with Painting Borges: Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature.

Beach Museum of Art.


MLA TALK Series: “The Milagro Beanfield War” by John Nichols, 7 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.


Student Recital Series: Flute Studio of Karen Large, 7:30 p.m.

Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium.


On The Spot Improv Show, 8 p.m.

Union Station, K-State Student Union.


Casey Donahew Band, 8 p.m.

Cost: $20 advance, $22 day of show.

Wareham Opera House.


The Last Honky Tonk Music Series, 9 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.


Drunk Spelling Bee II: Spelltastic Drunkitude, 9:30 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





ZOOfari Tails: Porcupines in Love, 10 a.m.

Animal-themed stories and animal artifacts from the Sunset Zoo staff. Some programs include a live animal as well. Monthly book give-away sponsored by Claflin Books. Families who attend can be entered into a drawing for a free one-year Friends of Sunset Zoo family membership. (Drawing in December.)

Manhattan Public Library Auditorium.


Lecture ““Hushpuppy, Hauntings, and Hurricanes: African American Girls Braving Storms, Inside and Out” by Michelle Martin, scholar from the University of South Carolina, 3:30 p.m.

Leadership Studies Town Hall.

MAC Dance Attack Auditions, 5-6:30 p.m.

Auditions are open to all styles of dance, from beginner to advanced dancers. For more information, contact event coordinator Laura Vallejo at

Manhattan Arts Center.


UPC presents K-State Idol, season 11, 7 p.m.

Featuring ten talented K-State students and Riley Brown, a former contestant on American Idol.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.


K-State School of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents SpringDance 2014, 7:30 p.m. though Saturday.

Celebrate the arrival of the most joyful time of the year with K-State dance as we present an evening of tap, jazz, ballet and modern dance pieces performed by our students. Dance faculty and a guest artist will choreograph a variety of exciting pieces.

For tickets, visit or call 785-532-6428.

McCain Auditorium.


Reckless Kelly, 8 p.m. Cost: $15.

Wareham Opera House.


Get Busy Living with Daydream Empire and Call Your Own, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.

UPC Film: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” 10:30 p.m. for $2.

Also 7 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.





Tuttle Creek State Park Open House, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Featuring a nature/birding hike with Ted Cable from 9-11 a.m. beginning at the State Park office; archery range events from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., which includes archer shooting, sling shot shooting, hatchet throwing and crossbow shooting (All equipment provided); and a cabin open house with refreshments from 9 a.m.-noon. Free entrance into the Park all day. Purchase a permit at the office from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For information, call 785-539-7941.

Tuttle Creek State Park.

Analog Games Day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Enjoy board games, cards, and interactive fiction.

Great Room, Hale Library.


Manhattan Arts Center presents the KSU Saxophone Gala Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Music from many different genres will be performed by K-State students under the direction of Anna Marie Wytko. For tickets, visit or call 785-537-4420.

Manhattan Arts Center.


Red State Blues Band, 8 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.





Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bluestem Bistro.


Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m.

Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required.

Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.


McCain Performance Series presents the Soweto Gospel Choir, 7:30 p.m.

The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. The choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto and is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music and dance with audiences around the world.

For tickets, visit

McCain Auditorium.

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