Performance & Entertainment Venue

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Tintypes

Opens august 17 Through the 26

 

directed by karla burns


Tintypes is a tune-filled panorama; a musical melting pot; the Great American Songbook come to life. It offers snapshots – tintypes, if you will – of America in its last Age of Innocence. This Tony-nominated, nostalgic musical revue takes us back to turn-of-the-century America and is a brew of popular songs from 1890 to 1917.

The story of these changing times blazes to life in a tuneful, high-spirited brew of popular songs from 1890 to 1917, performed by five archetypes of the period: Anna Held, the beautiful music hall star; Emma Goldman, the notorious socialist; a black, female domestic worker; a Chaplin-esque Russian immigrant; and the outrageous Teddy Roosevelt, the youngest man ever to be elected President of the United States.


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Events

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you can find our CURRENT calendar by clicking here

 

ANNOUNCING our 2019 season

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Feb 8-March 31

THE GOLDEN GIRLS

Thank you for being a friend! Due to the overwhelming success of our productions and audience requests, the show was renewed for a fourth season with the antics of those four mature women living in Miami experiencing the joys and angst of their golden years. With Monte Wheeler, Kyle Vespestad, Scott Noah and Tom Frye and guest appearance by Christine Tasheff, see 3 new episodes, laughing and learning until your stomach aches. RATED PG

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April 12-May 8

AVENUE Q

This triple crown Tony winner is part flesh, part felt. and packed with heart. Another “coming of age” parable, notable for its use of puppets, this wacky musical comedy brings us characters from the other side of Sesame Street.Directed by Kyle Vespestad, you’ll want to see his stamp on these unforgettable characters, both live and puppets, as they examine life’s disillusionments realizing “It Sucks to Be Me,” they’re “Not Wearing Any Underwear Today,” that no matter what, it’s only “For Now” and that “Fantasies Come True.” RATED PG13

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June 1-30

LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!

Winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play, Terrence McNally’s masterpiece of 8 friends, 3 weekends and a lifetime of living to do over the course of one summer highlights our tribute to the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and the beginning of Pride Festivals in June. Utterly contemporary, the plays one-liners create pathos, comedy and tinged with sentimentality. Join us for this incredible experience. With brief nudity and some strong sexual content, we’ve rated our production. RATED R.

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July 5-August 24

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS

Regional Premiere! Getting it’s premiere in 1982, Gerard Alessandrini has rewritten the show more than a dozen times over the years. Come see our cast spoof, parody and take direct hits at show tunes, characters, and plots of contemporary and current Broadway musicals. Taunting popular shows like Les Miserables, Chicago, Wicked, Annie and taking direct aim at directors, choreographers, actors and others our July and August offering will have you laughing out loud and wanting to sing along. RATED G

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September 6-29

tick, tick....BOOM!

This Outer Critics Circle Award winner, written by Jonathan Larson (author of RENT) receives its Regional Premiere at Roxy’s just as Lin Manuel Miranda is set to direct the film version. Set in 1990, the intense fear and frustration of not having a career, turning 30, and trying to decide how to choose between the passion he loves or listening to the people he loves is truly reflective of the tragically shortened life of Larson. A nakedly autobiographical musical, your hearts will tick, faster and faster, and their echos will serve as a haunting reminder of a significant talent lost too soon. RATED PG

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Oct 11-Nov 3

HOCUS POCUS

This unauthorized musical parody of the cult classic features the antics of three sisters who are resurrected in Salem, MA, after three centuries on Halloween night. It’s up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put their reign of terror to an end once and for all. Run amuck with these three sisters; but, be careful, it’ll cast a spell on you! RATED PG

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Nov 14-Dec 22

A TUNA CHRISTMAS

Second in the series of plays, featuring this comedic duo, Jaston Williams has crafted an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes while producing withering satire of the same. Centering on the town’s annual Christmas Yard Display Contest, a “Christmas Phantom” threatens to throw the contest into turmoil Remember The Big Bang….well, here we go again! Two men play the entire cast of over 20 eccentric characters of multiple genders and various ages. Nominated for a Tony award, there was a command performance at the White House for President George H. W. & Barbara Bush. RATED PG


ANNOUNCING OUR UNFILTERED SERIES

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Jan 11-Jan 27

DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD

Wichita Premiere! A reimagining of the popular characters from the comic strip Peanuts disguised as degenerate teenagers. Good grief! Schulz’s characters, as visualized by Bert V. Royal, are crass, full of guilty pleasures, their lives on the fringe, their language and behavior unfiltered. Not child appropriate, for its strong language and issues examined, the “Doctor Is In” during January. RATED R




 

Tickets

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Tickets

 

tickets and information

Call 316-265-4400 for information and RESERVATIONS 

Scroll to see Seating Chart Below 

Friday and Saturday EVENING Performances:

$30 Premium Seating (You choose your seats)

$27 Standard Seating (We choose your seats)

$20 Cheap Seats, Select Shows Only (Limited in number and close to the bar)

Thursday Evening and Sunday Matinee Performances:

SELECT SHOWS ONLY

$30 Premium Seating (You choose your seats)

$27 Standard Seating (We choose your seats)

$20 Cheap Seats, Select Shows Only (Limited in number and close to the bar) 


DINNER OPTIONS

Roxy's own Cafe on the Rox menu is always available.

Groups

Groups of 20 or more receive a $1.00 discount on each ticket in the group, however, group must be paid in full at time of reservation and requested to receive discount.

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Seating Map Legend


 
 

$30  Premium

Premium Seating allows you to choose any seat you like, so long as that seat has not already been reserved.  Prefer the center hightop on our third tier close to the bar?  That is still premium if that seat is your seat of choice.  All Green Seats are premium regardless.

 
 

$30/$27  Flex seating

Flex Seating are Premium Seats that can be discounted.  These premium seats can be sold as standard seats if the house is light that night.  These seats will always be premium for Christmas and any blockbuster show.  Sometimes there is a waitlist for this seating.

 
 

$27  standard

Standard Seating are great seats, just not up close.  However, with our wonderful seating configuration, you might not even notice that you are not right up front.  Roxy's is intimate and comfortable and there is no bad seat in the house.

 
 
 

$20  "Cheap SEATS please" or Economy

Did we mention that we don't have a bad seat in the house?  Well, that is still true with Economy Seating.  Great sight-lines, great sound, and still close enough (due to our intimate venue) to see the actors subtle expressions.  But, (and there is always a but, right?) these seats are close to the bar or traffic flow.  There will be some bar noise or there will be some traffic, but at $20,  you cannot go wrong.

 
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$30/$27  SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT Only

Special Engagement Only seating is only available during our larger shows and special engagement events demanding more seating.  Special Engagement Only seating is both Premium and Standard depending on seat location.

Menu

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CURRENT MENU

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Our Menu is always being updated as we taylor our plates to each show or event.  

Please check back often.


 
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Selection and preparation are important.  From hand selecting fresh ingredients to the final presentation, all of our menu offerings are crafted to enhance your entertainment experience at Roxy's.


 
 

STARTERS

(*GFO) Hummus & Pita  | 8

House Made Hummus Topped With Olive Oil and Olive Tapenade. Served with Pita Bread

Add Side Seasonal Vegetables | 3

*Fresh Veggies Available

(GF) Mixed Green Salad  | 6

Mixed Baby Greens with Sliced Cucumber, Grape Tomatoes, and Dried Cranberries. 

Choice of Dressing- Balsamic Vinaigrette, Gorgonzola Blue Cheese or Ranch.  Add Chicken Breast | 3

(GF) Ground Beef Nachos  | 11

Seasoned Ground Beef, Traditional Frijoles, Corn Tortilla Chips, Aged Sharp Cheddar, Sour Cream and Fresh Pico de Gallo


HEARTIER FARE

(GFO) Farfalle Marinara with parmesan  | 11

Farfalle Noodle Pasta Tossed in House-made Basil Marinara. Topped with Grated Parmesan Cheese.  Add Chicken Breast | 3

(GF) Chefs salad  | 12

Baby Mixed Greens, Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Ham, Cucumber, Tomato, Bacon, Hardboiled Egg and Dried Cranberries.

Choice of Dressing- Balsamic Vinaigrette, Gorgonzola Blue Cheese or Ranch.  Add Chicken Breast | 3

(GFO) “Club Roxy”   | 13

Three Slices Wheat berry Bread, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Tomato, and Basil Lemon Aioli. Served With Kettle Chips and Side.

(GFO) Chicken Salad Sandwich   | 13

Roasted Chicken, Celery, Dried Cranberries, Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Garlic and Dill Tossed in a Light Cream Dressing on a Sliced Wheat berry Bread. Served with Kettle Chips and Side.


SWEETS

(GF) Vanilla Custard  | 8

Silky Vanilla Custard Topped with Macerated Berries and Whipped Cream

Chefs Chocolate Cake Sundae | 8

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Topped with Chocolate Cake Pieces, Salted Caramel, Ganache Chocolate and Whipped Cream. 

*GF-Natrually Glutten Free  *GFO-Gutten Free Option


 
 

About

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What we are all about


Mission

To entertain, inform, educate, and support the Wichita and surrounding communities through innovative performances, conscientious educational programming and dedicated event facilities and services.  And, in the process, continuously strive to inspire the community by introducing new sights, sounds, and tastes to celebrate and embrace the diverse beauty of being alive and being awake.


This page provides an overview of each program initiative, our story and our mission.


 

Brief history

Roxy's Downtown is the next chapter in the space that is 412 1/2 E Douglas, a space that has a long relationship with the downtown scene of Wichita.  

Stories and memories seem to rise up from just about everyone I have met so far in this adventure, from memories of a long past 25cent theatre with a penny arcade and pool hall below where Gallery XII now resides, to The Looking Glass with sound studio above (Big Dog Sound Studios) with Roxy's Downtown cocktail club hosting such rising stars as Harry Connick Jr., to sitting empty for several years with dormant potential until Cabaret Oldtown came into existence in 1992.  Cabaret Oldtown bloomed for 22 wonderful and beloved years before Roxy's took up the torch.  

The Cabaret spirit will always remain in the heart and the soul of Roxy's.

John Hammer, CEO


roxy's Programs


Main-Stage

Roxy's Main-Stage productions create our annual season.  Each season brings a blend of Wichita favorites as well as brand new and exciting shows from San Francisco, New York,  Chicago, and even locally & regionally written material to entice and seed a new generation of Wichita Theatre Tradition.

Our Main-Stage season consist of 6 shows per season.  The Christmas show, and certain block-busters, run a minimum of 7 weeks with performances typically every Friday and Saturday, and with select Thursday Evening and Sunday Matinees. 

To learn more, visit our Season Page for 2016.


ROX

Roxy's ROX is dedicated to bringing you the finest musicians and bands to our stage, highlighting and supporting authentic music from our city and from abroad.  

ROX keeps you up to date with the "what" the "who" and the "when" of musicians and bands on Roxy's stage, including in-depth interviews, detailed history, and pertinent information on the musicians and bands.


roxy bird

Roxy Bird is a new program about exploring ideas that engage and inspire, giving lift to our imagination and our passion, and fostering a deeper understanding of our craft.  

Through talks, presentations, and workshops, Roxy Bird's mission is to create and curate relevant content to engage, assist, and support our community and its growth in the arts.

With a thoughtful blend of hosted events featuring some of Wichita's leading innovators, and our own original programming, we strive to give flight and support to what is possible.


the unfiltered experiment

Roxy's Unfiltered is an ongoing experiment of the unexpected, the delightful, and the sometimes unabashedly absurd.  

Unfiltered programing can best be described as cabaret theatre, but with a post, post, post, post, post-modernist sensibility, minus a few posts and with a nod and a wink.  NO SELFIES ALLOWED in our Unfiltered Experiment, there are more interesting ways of expressing yourself and more creative ways of engaging others.  Unless, of course, the selfie is the experiment itself.

The Unfiltered Experiment.  Watch for launch announcement very soon and a just-you-wait-to-see Wichita Favorite return to late night.


behind the curtain

Behind the Curtain is a program dedicated to the exploration of the artistic experience through in-depth interviews, documentaries, and photo-essays of Wichita's finest actors, musicians, performers and artists. 

Behind the Curtain is an ongoing series with new content monthly.

Watch for official launch and previewing party announcement soon.


the word muse

The Word Muse is a Roxy & Guest-Writer blog centered on supporting and promoting the art of storytelling and engaging relevant topics centered on the arts and our community.  

The online format is a curated journal of academic writing, original storytelling and playwriting, and thoughtful commentaries on the visual arts local and abroad.  

Look for podcast and live performances to be announced soon.


 

news

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news*reviews  *stories


 

JUNE 22, 2016

Review: Off-Broadway ‘Fly By Night’ to play at Roxy’s

“Fly By Night,” with its Midwest premiere at Roxy’s Downtown, is a quirky, sweetly funny and sometimes devastatingly sad new musical about a romantic triangle involving a guy who falls for two sisters during the time of the 1965 New York City blackout.

But the message of this 2014 off-Broadway show – nominated for four Drama Desk Awards, including best musical

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APRIL 28, 2016

Review: Roxy’s quartet makes ‘Party of 1’ a singular sensation

Put simply: “Party of 1” is lots of fun.

This four-person cabaret, which ran seven years to become the longest-running original musical in San Francisco, is a smart, sophisticated, sometimes deliciously naughty romp about...

read more here


FEBRUARY 17, 2016

Review: Roxy’s ‘Golden Girls’ an affectionate tribute to iconic TV show

Roxy’s boys are as golden as “The Golden Girls.”

What sounds at first just like a cross-dressing farce with four guys portraying the indomitable dames of the beloved 1980s sitcom is actually an affectionate, nostalgic and often very funny romp...

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DECEMBER 1, 2015

Review: ‘Great American Trailer Park Musical’ cheerfully raunchy

The new Christmas sequel to the earthy, often hilarious “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” doesn’t quite have the quirky, heartwarming charm of the original, which ultimately reunited a reclusive, depressed mother with the son she “misplaced” as an infant 20 years before.

But it does have a lot of raunchy, blue collar laughs as the residents...

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

Oh, the horror! Wichita’s stages scare up some laughs for Halloween

What do you get when you take a rowdy bunch of college kids pursued by demons in an abandoned cabin, stir in a...

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AUGUST 13, 2015

Review: Roxy’s ‘Pageant’ is frothy fun

Beauty may be only skin deep, but the beauty of “Pageant” goes all the way to the funny bone – and then some.

This 1991 musical spoof of beauty pageants, where the “girls” are actually...

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JUNE 24, 2015

Review: Lively ‘Cougar the Musical’ has heart

“Cougar the Musical” – being given its Midwest premiere at Roxy’s Downtown – is a little show with a big mouth and an even bigger heart. It’s about women of a certain age who discover that there is “Life” after divorce, widowhood and/or menopause.

Written with a naughty, knowing smirk by...

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JUNE 17, 2015

Rawwwr! Cougar at Roxy’s Downtown rediscovers femininity and sexuality

WICHITA - Cougar the Musical had its Midwest debut on June 19 at Roxy’s Downtown in Wichita and runs through July 18. It is a fairly young show in the musical scheme of things, having opened Off-Broadway...

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JUNE 17, 2015

It’s girls night out for ‘Cougar the Musical’

“Cougar the Musical” began as a single joke by Donna Moore in her one-woman cabaret act.

“Why are we giving a woman a derogatory name for dating a younger man when the name for a man who dates younger women is – I’ve researched this – a man?” Moore bemoaned, getting a knowing laugh from women of a certain age in the audience.

Moore took the hint and expanded her act to a...

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FEBURARY 17, 2015

Roxy’s Downtown in Wichita presents Always... Patsy Cline

Always…is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was...

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NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Roxy’s Downtown ready for its close-up

John Hammer is convinced that the rebirth of Roxy’s Downtown – launching Friday with the holiday musical “Plaid Tidings” – was something that was...

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Cabaret Old Town to reopen as Roxy’s Downtown with new owners, former director

Cabaret Old Town, the longtime music theater venue at 412 1/2 E. Douglas, will get new life later this year...

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JUNE 17, 2016

‘Fly by Night’ not your usual romantic comedy

Love and life choices during the time of New York City’s notorious 1965 blackout are the subject matter of “Fly by Night,” a quirky new Off-Broadway musical that’s being given its regional premiere at Roxy’s Downtown.

READ MORE HERE


APRIL 15, 2016

San Francisco composer/lawyer to direct ‘Party of 1’ at Roxy’s Downtown

Morris Bobrow doesn’t waste a lot of time pondering whether he’s a San Francisco lawyer who writes musicals or an award-winning composer/lyricist who...

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FEBRUARY 11, 2016

All-male cast spoofs sitcom ‘Golden Girls’ at Roxy’s theater

Wichita actors Kyle Vespestad and Monte Wheeler have been friends and frequent co-stars for more than 20 years and unabashed fans of TV’s “The Golden Girls” for even longer.

Now, they are joining with two other veteran local actors, John Bates and Tom Frye, to become “The Golden Girls” on stage at Roxy’s Downtown starting this...

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NOVEMBER 5, 2015

Jazz musicians jam at Roxy’s Downtown

For William Flynn, being a successful jazz musician in Wichita means more than just playing a mean guitar.

He’s organizer, promoter, teacher and cheerleader, too.

“That’s part of what helps a scene thrive,” Flynn said. “It really takes a lot of collective effort on the part of the musicians.”

Flynn is one of several musicians nurturing just such a scene at Roxy’s Downtown...

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APRIL 15, 2015

Review: Roxy Downtown’s ‘The Big Bang’ a comic gem

“The Big Bang,” now at Roxy’s Downtown, is a scream – often of hilarity, but occasionally of shock and awe in the vein of “oh, no, they didn’t just go there” – as Kyle Vespestad and John Bates camp and cavort their way through the entire history of civilization from the Garden of Eden to Woodstock in a breezy 90 minutes or so.

The show is very, very funny a la Monty Python of...

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APRIL 9, 2015

Duo back for the ‘The Big Bang’ at Roxy’s Downtown

It’s been nearly 15 years since Kyle Vespestad played wide-eyed Adam to John Bates’ demure Eve, exploring the delights of Eden’s “Free Food and Frontal Nudity” to a catchy calypso beat.

It’s been that long since Wichita also saw...

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DECEMBER 3, 2014

Review: ‘Plaid Tidings’ at Roxy’s Downtown evokes nostalgia

There’s enough solid close-harmonizing in “Plaid Tidings,” the holiday sequel to the nostalgic “Forever Plaid” jukebox musical about a 1950s quartet coming back from...

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NOVEMBER 10, 2014

Class Roxy’s returns to Wichita

Opening this month in Wichita, in her old “Cabaret” digs, is Roxy’s Downtown, a theatre with a rich history in the Air Capital city.

A Grand Opening Performance on November 22 of...

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NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Wichita stages: Holiday theater preview 2014

Are you wishing for a Christmas with “Plaid Tidings” all around? 

Or are you ready for...

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NOVEMBER 7, 2014

A CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTINE TASHEFF

When the new Roxy’s Downtown at 412 1/2 E. Douglas has its grand opening on Nov. 28, it will also be...

READ MORE HERE


Unfiltered

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the

Unfiltered

experiment


Roxy's Unfiltered is an ongoing experiment of the unexpected, the delightful, and the sometimes unabashedly absurd.  

Unfiltered programing can best be described as cabaret theatre, but with a post, post, post, post, post-modernist sensibility.  NO SELFIES ALLOWED in our Unfiltered Experiment, there are more interesting ways of expressing yourself and more creative ways of engaging others.

The Unfiltered Experiment.  Watch for launch announcement dates very soon on all our Unfiltered Programming, including BRAND NEW PROGRAMMING to compliment our traditional favorites.  


LATE NIGHT CABARET

 
 

a favorite that began summer of 2015 

Late Night Cabaret is just what it sounds like.  We have the piano, we have the accompanist, we have the stage, and we have the spotlight. All we need is you and the song you were meant to sing!  Think of this as karaoke but all nightclub cabaret style.  A great way polish up your favorite number with a live audience or try something entirely new.

  • Perfect way for actors to unwind after a show!
  • Perfect way for new talent to practice their craft!
  • Perfect way to have a great time and socialize!
  • Themed Nights to enhance the fun!

Every Friday, late night, during the summer.  Come sing or watch others belt it out, enjoy great drink specials, and have an awesome time winding down and socializing.  

Bring your own sheet music.  No sheet music?  No worries, we will patch YouTube tracks as needed.

  • $5 at the door
  • Doors open at 10:45
  • Cabaret begins at 11pm
  • GREAT DRINK SPECIALS

 
 

Music

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ROXY'S MUSIC SCENE


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ROX is dedicated to bringing you the finest musicians in Wichita and abroad.  

This page will keep you up to date with the "what" the "who" and the "when" of musicians and bands on Roxy's stage, including in-depth information on the musicians and bands.


 


Roxy's Interview with Horace Bray

What are your earliest musical memories? Did you come from a musical family?

HB.  My earliest musical memory is my mom teaching me the C major scale on the piano. She played a little bit of piano and sang a bit and showed me a some basics and then I took off with it.

On what instrument did you start? When did jazz become important in your musical life?

HB.  I played a little bit of piano (very very basic) but the first instrument I actively worked on were the drums. A few years later I picked up the guitar and got into Jazz about a year after that.

Describe a significant influence that might surprise us to know?

HB.  I’m really into some heavier instrumental music like Animals as Leaders and CHON. Also very into Nick Drake.

Many performers also engage in a variety of other music activities- do you teach, produce or music direct? What other areas do you plan to explore?

I teach, freelance, and help arrange music for people in addition to running my own group. I definitely want to continue working on booking and setting up my own tours, but I wouldn’t mind getting more involved in pop music as well.

You also sing.  Do you plan to expand upon your singing career?

HB.  I would really like to get better at singing and have it be more involved in my music. I used to sing a lot more a couple years ago and the last year I haven’t been as much, but I’ve been working on it more often recently.

How do you as a musician, deal with self doubt and other negatives in the creative process?

HB.  It’s a constant battle, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned when I need to hold on tight to the process and when to let it go. My compositions usually come from specific emotions/feelings that I’m dealing with at the time so I tend to learn more about myself with each song I write. Some songs come out really easily, and some are more of a process but it has always been important to me to put those feelings into songs.

How does your music relate to other art forms? Do you collaborate with visual or literary artists?

HB.  I’ve done a few videos for a couple of my songs and most of them have a visual/contour to them in mind when I write them. I haven’t collaborated with any live visual artists or literary artists but I would love to in the future.

Can you describe a typical practice session?  Is there a place that proves best for the practical side of your creative process?

HB.  My typical practice session nowadays involves a lot of fundamentals and making sure my hands are able to do what I hear in my head. I also work on playing everything with good tone in mind. A few years ago I was putting in 5-7 hours every day but now I mainly focus on upkeep and get my inspiration throughout the day.

How do you balance your music with life's obligations? -family, mate, etc?

HB.  It’s definitely tough, and takes a lot of time management. I put everything in my calendar from when I go grocery shopping, to when I’m hanging out with friends, to my gigs, rehearsals, and lessons. During the week my schedule is pretty much booked by the hour with different obligations. It used to be stressful for me but I started reading about Taoism and that approach to viewing life (Going with the flow of the “river” of life) which has helped me function in a more relaxed way. So it still takes effort to get everything done that I need to, but it feels balanced and light.

What is next?

HB.  I really want to travel with my band all over the world and inspire people to write their own music and to not be afraid of starting their own projects. But in the immediate future I will be booking more national tours and trying to make more international connections. My goal is to be touring in Europe and/or Asia within the next 5 years.


odisea

Wichita-based group ODISEA opens @ Roxy's.

Michael Engdahl (guitar), Josué Estrada (trumpet) and Andrew Slater (drums)

Watch Clip Below



 

education

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Roxy bird


Roxy Bird is a new program about exploring ideas that engage and inspire, giving lift to our imagination and our passion, and fostering a deeper understanding of our craft.  

Through talks, presentations, and workshops, Roxy Bird's mission is to create and curate relevant content to engage and support our community and it's growth in the arts.

With a thoughtful blend of hosted events featuring some of Wichita's leading innovators, and our own original programming, we strive to give flight and support to what is possible.


 

set scene

a roxy program

 

Set Scene is a workshop series on innovative and effective scene creation.  

The understanding of what makes a good scene is crucial across the visual art disciplines, from stage and film to concept art for animation and games.

This series of workshops & talks strives to support the art of the director, the performer, and the visual artist or designer.

Each workshop is developed by leading industry professionals with proven practical experience and keen insight into the process.

Set Scene is part of the launch of Roxy's educational program and is set to go live 2018.

Look for program schedule this Summer.

 
 

action on stage


a roxy program

 
 

Action on Stage is a series of workshops designed to teach and assist with movement of the body on stage and in film.  The three primary focus topics of the live performance workshops are dynamic choreography, believable stage fighting, and making blocking comfortable and natural.  For film we will be offering workshops on acting for animation, body language, and the art of subtleness. 

The workshops are hands-on and practical, giving the participant tools they can actually use for confident presence and action, be it on the stage or in front of a camera, or animating.  

Each workshop is designed to impart the material in clear, understandable, and achievable benchmarks in a condensed timeframe for the busy actor, director, or animator.  These workshops are perfect for those looking to improve or enhance their craft repertoire and for those new to the game.

Action on Stage is in the launch of Roxy's educational program and is set to go live 2018.

Look for program schedule this Summer.

 
 

Wichitalks


guest programming of wichitalks

Select Dates 2018

What is Wichitalks?

Have you ever wanted to get the pulse of a city? To slice through it and look at a cross section?

Presenters are individuals in Wichita who have a passion to share. They may be business owners, volunteers, or life-hackers. The goal is to teach something of social value and to spread ideas.

  • 20 Slides
  • Each speaker must have 20 slides.
  • 15 Second Auto-Advance
  • Each slide auto-advances after 15 seconds to keep the talk moving.
  • No Pitches Allowed
  • Speakers are only presenting their passion. Teaching and sharing ideas.
  • #ilovewichita
  • Presenters are the everyday, passionate individuals that are defining Wichita.

Look for event date to come soon.

 

More programming to be announced soon.  Please keep an eye and an ear open.

BACKSTAGE RESOURCES

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under CONSTRUCTION

Please be patient as we continue to develop this page


This page is going to be your "go to resource" center for the latest information about future shows and audition call dates and times.

Mission

To entertain, inform, educate, and support the Wichita and surrounding communities through innovative performances, conscientious educational programming and dedicated event facilities and services.  And, in the process, continuously strive to inspire the community by introducing new sights, sounds, and tastes to celebrate and embrace the diverse beauty of being alive and being present today.

 

Behind The Curtain

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Behind the Curtain


Behind the Curtain is a program dedicated to the exploration of the artistic experience through in-depth interviews, documentaries, and photo-essays of Wichita's finest actors, musicians, performers and artists. 

Behind the Curtain is an ongoing series with new content monthly.

Watch for official launch and previewing party announcement soon.

 

 

watch for official series launch and launch party announcement soon


 

Word Muse

john hammer

word muse

The Word Muse is a Roxy & Guest-Writer blog centered on supporting and promoting the art of storytelling and commentary.  Our goal is to curate engaging stories, original scripts, and relevant commentary centered on the arts within our shared community.  

The online format is ongoing, discovering and creating as we go, curating both local and abroad original work.  

Look for podcast and live performances to be announced soon.


 
 

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Dry Yellow Leaves

 
 

again. 

Again the neighbors let their leaves blow into his yard.  He tried to talk to them, but they would not listen. 

He wasn't aware that he had only managed a mumble when he  stopped them as they were heading out, late again to wherever they were going.  

They being somewhat embarrassed by his age, by the fact that he was stooped over like a dying flower and slightly askew, they did not understand.  Yes, they nodded and said the pleasantries that pleasant people do, but they did not hear his need. 

He saw all of this, the leaves and the false pleasantries and the neighbors too busy to talk, all of it as further evidence that the neighborhood was damaged.  It was broken.  His neighborhood was once tidy and respectful and, well, pressed neat.  This here was now something other.  It was messy and unkept and wild.  It was dangerous.  There, he said it.

He had a plan.  It came to him while watching the early morning news, something about a wall, he was not really paying attention.  But, it planted a seed that sprouted and grew through the day, winding and vining itself about his brain so that he could think of nothing else.   

The vine whispered that he should draw a line, that the time for words had passed and the time that remained was short.  The vine tickled and teased.  It promised peace.  It promised release. 

All he had to do, the vine whispered, was rake and sweep and carry each and every leaf back over to the offensive yard next to his and dump it.  Without apology.  

It made sense.  It was simple and it was elegant.  It was defiant.

He did this very thing the next morning, after going over the steps again and again as he waited for a sleep that rarely visited him anymore.  He would rake, he would sweep, he would carry.  He would rake, he would sweep, he would carry. 

He awoke after a short but detailed dream about large amoebas the size of pillows and rooms with empty closets.  But, he felt rested and he found he had a fire in his belly, something he had not felt for a long time.  After washing his hands he barely touched the coffee he had brewed in his raw gleeful excitement to begin.  He knew that it would take him a long time, that this task was one of monumentality, but this only strengthened his resolve.  He had a purpose, he had a goal, and he had the self-righteousness that only old bent men are able to possess. 

He worked in the very early dark of predawn with only the feral tomcat for company.  The tom stuck around for about an hour before vanishing silently and unnoticed.  The old man finished before the sun was even more than a sliver in the sky, which delighted him to no end. 

There was now in the yard next to his a wall of leaves separating the two properties.  He had drawn the line with 972 rake strokes, 265 broom sweeps, and 11 trips of leaves dumped out from large plastic bags.  He realized as he stood there that the large wall of leaves also included, perhaps after all, some of his own tree droppings.  He soothed himself by repeating that there needed to be a justified penalty.  Nothing comes for free. 

He took one last look at his work, aware and slightly confused by the shame that colored his sense of pride.  He kicked up a leg in an attempt at a jig, but it did not chase off anything as he went back to his dark house.  His home was a house that had no open windows or curtains drawn back.  Not for awhile now.  

“Now, let’s see what the nasty fuckers will do“, he thought to himself at his kitchen sink.  He was so shocked by his own vulgarity that he nervously laughed aloud and spooked himself, dropping one of the work gloves he was removing.  After rescuing the lost glove, he washed his hands and picked up his coffee, unfinished from earlier.  He did not notice that it was cold as he blew and then sipped, blew and then sipped, waiting for the pending retaliation of the neighbors. 

After a couple of hours had passed and there was still no knock at his door, or bellowing of rage, or even a sound beyond the wind and the passing of an occasional car, he became curious.  It was not the sort of response he had expected, this lack of response. 

He gathered himself up and went out to investigate.  He had to struggle with the door but soon managed and stepped out to his porch, noticing that the attempted jig had left a hitch in his walk.  And with sad resignation he stood there, stooped over like a sunflower with seeds too heavy, and looked on.  His wall was gone.  The leaves were back.  Even as he stood there the wind brought more into his yard.  He said nothing and went back into his dark house, washed his hands again, and set himself to the task of thinking on better ways of building walls.  He would go to bed early.  Too much to do.