Broadway musicals “Chicago” and “Smokey Joe’s Café,” plus an original film project, are among the highlights of the Wichita State University School of Performing Arts’ 2015-16 season. The season, which opens Thursday, Sept. 24, with the musical revue “Smokey Joe’s Café,” features performances from WSU’s departments of dance, theater and musical theater.

A special event this season will be “Redux,” an original film project that will be filmed during the fall semester. Written and directed by WSU Director of Theatre Bret Jones, the film follows a lively college student who tries to solve the murder of her friend – despite undergoing experimental treatment for schizophrenia. Public showings of the film will be announced at a later date.

The season will close with the blockbuster Broadway musical “Chicago.” WSU alumnus Stephen Kopel will return from New York City to direct the show, with choreographic assistance from WSU’s Amy Baker Schwiethale and Sabrina Vasquez.

The 2015-16 season includes:

MUSICAL: “Smokey Joe’s Café,” Sept. 24-27, Wilner Auditorium

MUSICAL: “Light in the Piazza,” Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Miller Concert Hall

DANCE: Kansas Dance Festival, Nov. 13-14, Miller Concert Hall

THEATER: “Wrong Window,” Nov. 18-22, Welsbacher Theatre

FILM: Special Fall Event, “Redux,” date and location to be determined.

DANCE: Children’s Dance Festival, Jan. 31, Wilner Auditorium

THEATER: “The Roaring Girl,” Feb. 18-21, Wilner Auditorium

THEATER: “The Leftovers,” March 9-13, Welsbacher Theater

OPERA/DANCE: “Les Indes Galantes,” March 31-April 3, Miller Concert Hall

MUSICAL: “Chicago” April 21-24 Wilner Auditorium

Ticket prices for opera and music theatre performances are $16 ($14 for seniors and $6 for non-WSU students). Ticket prices for theater and dance performances are $10 ($8 for seniors and $6 for non-WSU students). WSU students are eligible for one ticket at no charge with current WSU ID (not available online, see for details). For ticketing assistance, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, at 316-978-3233 or or visit

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