McCain Auditorium

Kansas State University’s McCain Auditorium is the campus cultural center for the live performing arts. McCain has a rich history of bringing world-class engaging experiences to northeastern Kansas.

McCain, which seats 1,751, serves students, faculty and staff, along with the general public. Performances are accessible to anyone to enjoy, and McCain hosts many family-friendly events.

Contact
(785) 532-6428
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Location

211 McCain Auditorium Manhattan, KS 66506


UPCOMING EVENTS
  • March 27 7:30 pm Student Recital Series: Flute Studio of Karen Large

    Karen McLaughlin Large joined the Kansas State University music faculty in 2011 and teaches flute, music theory, flute methods, world music, and directs the KSU flute ensemble.

  • March 28 7:30 pm SpringDance 2014

    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.

  • April 6 4:00 pm Earth Harp Meets Oud

    Invented by installation artist and musician William Close, the earth harp’s body will rest on the McCain stage while its golden strings will soar above the heads of the audience and attach to the balcony rails, turning the theatre into an instrument.

    Tickets for “Earth Harp Meets Oud” are $9-$45, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available now at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

    This concert is part of Kansas State University’s Creativity Illuminated, April 3-6, a celebration of cultural awareness with special musical performances, discussions, film screenings and more presented by artists-in-residence.

    Sponsored by the university’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, K-State Libraries, McCain Auditorium and the School of Leadership Studies, Creativity Illuminated offers four days of activities designed to foster creativity, promote academic discourse and encourage cultural awareness on campus and in the community by exploring arts, culture, history and more. For more information on Creativity Illuminated events, contact the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or visit lib.k-state.edu/creativity-illuminated.

  • May 2 7:30 pm Washington Dance Studio presents “Dance Out Loud!”

    The Friday evening show will feature dancers fifth grade through 12th grade. The Sunday matinee will showcase our younger students pre-school through fourth grade.

  • May 3 3:00 pm Washington Dance Studio presents “Dance Out Loud!”

    The Friday evening show will feature dancers fifth grade through 12th grade. The Sunday matinee will showcase our younger students pre-school through fourth grade.

  • May 4 7:30 pm KSU Wind Ensemble and KSU Wind Symphony
  • May 5 7:30 pm KSU Concert Band and KSU University Band
  • May 5 7:30 pm A staged reading of the opera, "The Book of Job"
  • August 31 3:00 pm Piano concert

    The MHS Class of 1974 Reunion Committee invites the community to a duo-piano recital featuring KSU piano professor Slawomir Dobrzanski with special guest LeRoy Johnson (MHS Class of 1974), performing the famous Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto in D Minor. This concert, featuring two huge grand pianos, will take place on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the newly renovated Kirmser Hall (Room 204) at McCain Auditorium. Free-will donations will be accepted, and a reception will follow after the performance. All proceeds will help classmate LeRoy Johnson with travel expenses to perform this difficult piece with a full orchestra in the Pacific Northwest. This piece is called “45 minutes of sheer terror” by most pianists, according to Johnson.  The community is invited to the performance in Kirmser Hall. Everyone is welcome.

  • September 21 7:30 pm McCain Performance Series presents Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    Hailed as “an extraordinarily versatile orchestra” by the Los Angeles Times, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is composed of 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis.  For tickets, visit k-state.edu/mccain or call 785-532-6428.

  • November 9 7:30 pm McCain Performance Series presents Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre

    A three-part, evening-length work, “Cokata Upo!” celebrates the culture of the Lakota people. Narratives and creation stories are told against a backdrop of video imagery and are accompanied by live traditional, sacred and courting songs.

  • November 14 8:00 pm McCain Performance Series presents “Elf, The Broadway Musical”

    “Elf” is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

  • February 6 7:30 pm McCain Performance Series presents “Sister Act”

    “Sister Act” is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash. Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken,  Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look-a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

    For tickets, visit k-state.edu/mccain or call 785-532-6428.

  • March 6 7:30 pm K-State Opera presents 'Hansel and Gretel'

    For tickets and information, visit McCain Auditorium.

  • March 10 7:30 pm McCain Performance Series: The Chieftans

    Recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention, The Chieftains have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. For tickets and information, visit k-state.edu/mccain.

  • March 11 7:30 pm K-State Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble
  • March 27 7:30 pm SpringDance 2015

    Featuring K-State students performing modern, tap, ballet and world dance forms by faculty and guest artist works.

  • March 29 5:00 pm Jasmine and Josh’s Jazzy Jam Recital

    Featured composers include Bozza, GLiere, Kibbe, Dolphy and more. Note: no jazz will be performed.

  • March 30 7:30 pm McCain Performance Series presents “The Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity”

    Three actors voice dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color high-resolution comic book panels tell a hilarious sci-fi adventure story visually from an enormous movie screen. And it’s all done live in front of your eyes.

    For tickets and information, visit k-state.edu/mccain.

  • April 1 7:30 pm McCain Performance Series present Diavolo

    Featuring dancers, gymnasts, actors, athletes and above all: teammates. Under the guidance of artistic director Jacques Heim, they collaboratively develop work on oversized surrealistic sets and everyday structures.

    For tickets and information, visit k-state.edu/mccain.

  • April 6 7:30 pm McCain Performance Series present “Peter and the Starcatcher”

    “Peter and the Starcatcher” is the innovative comedy based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become “The Boy Who Never Grew Up?”

    This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.

    For tickets and information, visit k-state.edu/mccain.

  • April 9 8:30 pm UPC presents Rainn Wilson and Soulpancake

    Chew on Life’s Big Questions. For ticket information, visit k-state.edu/upc.

  • April 11 7:00 pm UPC presents King Michael

    A Michael Jackson tribute show.

  • April 13 7:30 pm McCain Performance Series presents “Million Dollar Quartet”

    This Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. For information and tickets, visit k-state.edu/mccain.

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