A suspicious haunting. Eccentric lovers. A mysterious motorcyclist. K-State Theatre will open its 2019-2020 main stage season with Alan Ayckbourn’s “Taking Steps.” In the British farce, relationships unravel during the sale of a Victorian mansion, in which all the rooms, passages and stairways are portrayed on a single level.
Showtimes for “Taking Steps” will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10-12 and Oct. 17-19 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20, all at K-State’s Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall. It is directed by Jennifer Vellenga, head of the acting and directing program for K-State’s theatre program and an associate director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Tickets are $11 for K-State students and youth under 18; $14 for K-State faculty and staff, those over 55 and military; and $16 for the general public. Tickets may be ordered online at k-state.edu/mtd/tickets, by phone at 785-236-8638 or at the Nichols Hall box office.
Theatre program faculty involved include LaVonne Canfield, instructor, stage manager supervisor; James Davis, assistant professor, sound and lighting designer; George Wame Matthews, instructor, scene shop supervisor; Melissa Neville, instructor, costume shop manager; Dana Pinkston, associate professor, costume designer; and Ben Stark, associate professor, technical director.
The following K-State students are cast or crew members for “Taking Steps”: Cole Rockhold, senior in theater, Fort Scott, as Leslie Bainbridge; Victor Romo, senior in theatre and English, Hugoton, as Tristram Watson; Chelsea Turner, senior in American ethnic studies and theatre, Kansas City, wardrobe crew; Chris Reardon, junior in theatre, Manhattan, set/prop crew member; Sterling Matthew Oliver, senior in theatre, Marysville, as Mark Boxer; Jillian Sommerauer, sophomore in theatre, Overland Park, stage manager; J.D. Warren, senior in theatre, Salina, prop master; Emma Price, junior in theatre, Scott City, as Kitty; Alison Davids, junior in theatre, Spring Hill, assistant stage manager; Jacob Edelman-Dolan, senior in theatre, as Roland Crabbe, and Brett Broadbent, senior in theatre, dramaturg, both from Topeka; and Ceslie Parker-Waller, senior in theatre, Wichita, light board operator. From out of state: Elizabeth Kritikos, senior in theatre, New Lenox, Illinois, set/prop crew member; Khalil Odums, junior in theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, wardrobe crew; Annie Davis, senior in theatre, Hastings, Nebraska, scenic designer; Katherine Boulanger, master’s student in theatre, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, scene shop graduate assistant; Jacob Woolworth, senior in theatre, Temple, Texas, assistant director; and Olivia Carter, senior in theatre, Thiensville, Wisconsin, as Elizabeth Crabbe.