COVID-19 NOTICE

 

To our valued Guests:

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday called for the cancellation of in-person events of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

 

In the interest of public safety, the Crown Uptown Theatre is complying with the new recommendation of the CDC.  Effective immediately, all events that have been scheduled from March 16, 2020 to May 1, 2020 have been cancelled and have moved to future dates.

 

If you have purchased tickets for any of these events that have been moved to later dates, your tickets will be honored the night of the new date. If the new date does not work fit into your schedule, we will offer gift cards to use for future shows.

 

We appologize for this inconvenience, however for the safety of Crown Uptown Theatre staff, the artists and our guests, we feel this is the best course of action.

 

Sincerely,

 

J Basham

Owner/Producer

CROWN UPTOWN THEATRE

presents

LOCKDOWN @ THE CROWN

 

In an attempt to continue to bring you quality entertainment, the Crown Uptown Theatre will be streaming live concerts from our stage on Saturday nights! Since you can’t get out and come to us, we are bringing our concerts to you. We will start streaming on Saturday, April 18th at 8pm. Just go to our Facebook page, sit back and enjoy the concert.

 

A precautionary note; we will be social distancing in the theatre during the concert and limiting the number of people involved to no more than 9 people. 

Saturday, April 18th @ 8pm

JULIA FAUST

 

Julia moved to Wichita 5 years ago, having no idea how this incredible theatre community would embrace her and soon become her home. Graduating from Southwestern College with a music theatre degree, Julia moved to Wichita in late July of 2015 with the intention of putting off any auditions until November so that she could “get settled.” Within five days of arriving with a uhaul, she had auditioned and been cast in her first play in the city, Bus Stop with Guild Hall Players. Through this first experience, she was quickly  introduced to the talented people who make art in this city, the heavy pour at Harrys, and the intensely passionate friendships that have developed in this city through a love of creating. It didn’t take long before she was absolutely drawn into the charms of ICT theatre. After a year of being enthusiastically active and involved, August of 2016, Julia was cast in her first professional show at Mosley Street Melodrama, much appreciated thanks to Tom Frye. She feels a tremendous amount of gratitude to have had the chance to take her first professional bow on the same stage that her mother, Debra Faust, had taken her last, a few years before her passing. It was also at this time that she was awarded a Mary Jane Teal for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Heidi in [title of show] at Wichita Community Theatre. Julia has continued to work professionally at Mosley, The Forum, Prairie Pines, and Roxys Downtown, and has been blessed with the quirky characters she’s been given the opportunity to bring to life. Some of her favorites include Daphne in What would Scooby do, Luscious Lips in The Doctor is in, and Sarah Sanderson in Hocus Pocus.
 

Special thanks to:


Patty Reeder, who allowed her to stumble through learning the melodrama style and still asked her back anyway.


Steve Hitchcock, who put a girl who’s always been hidden in the back, front and center, and demand she believe in herself.


Monte Wheeler, for challenging her artistic abilities as an artist and creator.
Tony Harshbarger, for being such an amazing accompanist that for years, Wichita audiences think she can count.


And Rick Bumgarder, who has brought beautiful, and craved, diverse content to our city.


Julia would like to thank The Crown Uptown for giving her the opportunity to sing during this time of uncertainty. It’s a rare opportunity to be given an open set and select songs that matter to us. Listen, enjoy, and continue to support the artists in this community who have lost their voice.

Saturday, April 25th @ 8pm

JENNY MITCHELL

Jenny has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Wichita State University and has been performing all her life. Jenny was last seen at Roxy’s Downtown in A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE and last fall as Mary Sanderson in HOCUS POCUS. She has performed in, choreographed and directed thousands of productions for Mosley Street Melodrama, Music Theatre Wichita, Roxy’s Downtown, The Crown Uptown, Center for the Arts, Music Theatre for Young People, Wichita Children’s among many others. In 2010, Jenny founded and serves as Executive Director for the Laughing Feet Performers which is a non-profit theatre company for performers with Special Needs that gives performance opportunities to those who would not normally have them. Laughing Feet is currently in its 10th year and celebrates approximately 70 + performers each year with an outreach into the community that touches thousands of participants, families and audience members each year.

Saturday, May 2nd @ 8pm

MICHAEL KARRAKER

I am a Wichita transplant originally from Hutchinson Ks. Growing up in the local Hutch theatre community, the bar for “making it in the biz” was working at the Crown Uptown. As the years passed I finally got the chance to be a part of the Crown’s original owners Dinner Theatre for many years. Happily, the new owner is continuing the tradition of live performance and I’m always happy and grateful to be back at The Crown Uptown performing.


 

Some of my credits from around the country include: Richard Willey in ‘Out Of Order’, Gabe in ‘First Date’ (Regional US Premiere), Franklin Hart Jr. In ‘9 to 5’, Captain Hook in ‘Peter Pan’, Corny Collins in ‘Hairspray’, Joey Bishop, Jerry Lewis & Elvis Presley in US Tour of ‘The Rat Pack Reunion: Live From L.A.’, Frank Sinatra in ‘Judy & Frank’ and most recently Huey Calhoun in ‘Memphis’.


 

Locally, I often work at Prairie Pines Playhouse, The Forum Theatre & Mosley Street Melodrama. 

 

Thank you to J and the Crown for keeping a light on at the Theatre and finding a way to bring entertainment to people in these crazy times. Even in digital form, it’s nice to tread the boards with all who support local Arts & Entertainment!