Small professional theater in Kansas set for summer season

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ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — The only professional theater between Kansas City and Denver is ready for a summer season in its new home.

The Great Plains Theatre in Abilene has put on shows at various sites since a fire destroyed its building in July 2014. The Salina Journal reports the theater is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, as are most of the actors, who are paid to perform.

The new theater is in the former headquarters of ALCO Stores. It seats 150 and provides much more space for the former theater.

Besides finding a new home, Great Plains Theatre’s finances also are improving, thanks to a $25,000 donation from Astra Bank. And a new artistic director, Randy West, was hired.

The summer season starts June 10 with “Annie Get Your Gun.”


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