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Theaters bring variety

By Ben Hopper

Several K-State stages will have a variety of entertainment for you this weekend.

“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” will be brought to life on the Nichols Theatre stage as students from the Department of Theatre present this Tony and Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Rajiv Joseph.

The play is about the lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator who are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city’s ruins. Joseph’s groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature.

Directed by Dillon Artzer, the show is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, as well as 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 to Feb. 16 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

For tickets, visit

The seventh annual K-State Drag Show: “Going to Camp” will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the Forum Hall stage on thesground floor of the K-State Student Union.

Free tickets are available ins the UPC office between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.

On The Spot, K-State’s improv troupe, Student Governing Association and UPCs After Hours present Octavarius at 10 p.m. Friday on the Union’s Grand Ballroom stage.

Octavarius is a leading improv troupe from Chicago.

They will be tying in facts and history of K-State in honor of K-State Sesquicentennial. The show is free and open to the public.

McCain Auditorium has two performances this weekend.

On Friday, DRUMLine Live, a show stopping attraction created by the music team behind 20th Century Fox’s hit movie “Drumline,” will take the stage.

The show brings show-style marching bands to the theatrical stage.

The energetic cast has honed its precision through years of training in historically black college and university marching band programs across the southern United States.

Visit for ticket information or call (785) 532-6428.

The third annual McCain Student Showcase, features juried performances from many talented students in the K-State music, theater and dance programs.

Celebrate McCain Auditorium as a place for K-State students to experience inspiration and achievement.

Tickets for both shows are available at the McCain Box Office, online at or by calling (785) 532-6428.

Here’s a look at other area events.


Student Recital Series: Aaron Fisher, trumpet, and Chris Miertschin, Horn, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “Barefoot in the Park,” 7:30 p.m. Also 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also February 14-17.

A Broadway play by Neil Simon. Directed by Ginny Pape and includes special appearances by Richard Philbrook as the telephone repair man and cameo spots by unique guests.

The tickets for the show on February 7 are sold exclusively by the Sertoma Club as a fundraiser, which will include a dinner catered by The Friendship House.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students and children, or VIP table seating for $30.

Purchase tickets 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, by calling (785) 456-2029 or anytime at tickets and information, call (800) 899-1893. Columbian Theatre, Wamego.



UPC Film: “The Breakfast Club,” 8 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1. Little Theatre, Student Union.

K-State After Hours: Lego Night, 8-10 p.m. Lego board games, play area, video games, and more. Union Courtyard.



Wildcat Oboe Day, all day. Concert at 5 p.m. McCain Room 204.

Open House Reception for Early Expressions Children’s Art Display, 2-4 p.m.

Early Expressions is a district-wide art contest for elementary and secondary school students.

More than 1,900 students in USD 383 submitted original artwork which was juried, and the winning 130 pieces of artwork will be showcased in the UMB Theatre at the Beach Museum of Art February 6-10.

K-State Men’s Basketball vs Iowa State, 5 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum.

Manhattan Arts Center Birdhouse Acoustic Music Series presents fiddler Betse Ellis, 7:30 p.m.

Ellis performs “old time/new time” material, drawing from traditional American fiddle tunes, old songs, and her own tunes.

For tickets and more information, visit or call (785) 537-4420.

Colonial Classics Silver Screen Series: “Sleepless in Seattle,” 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5, seniors 55+ for $1. C.L. Hoover Opera House.



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

Student Recital Series: Kaleb Todd, Composition, 3 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

Early Expressions Children’s Art Display Gala and Auction, 5:30-7 p.m.

The 130 winning original artworks in the fifth annual Early Expressions district-wide art contest will be featured in a gala and silent auction.

Tickets: $35 at the door and include hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Proceeds benefit the Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools Foundation and are used to enhance the art experiences for students in USD 383. Beach Museum of Art.

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