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Great Plains Theatre

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newengland50 wrote a review Aug 2019
Massachusetts372 contributions79 helpful votes
This was our first trip to the mid-west. We selected Abilene to visit the Eisenhower Library and Museum. While reviewing activities in the town on web sites, we noticed the Great Plains Theatre. We hesitated to buy tickets to a community theatre in a small town. We have attended theatre performances in major east coast cities and in several large European cities, so we did not expect a lot. In addition, we were not big fans of the scheduled performance. There didn't seem to be much to do in the evening in Abilene, so we eventually decided to purchase tickets. Our plan was to leave during intermission if the performance was really bad. Well, we were wrong. We truly enjoyed the performance of "The Pirates of Penzance" and thought that the cast did a fabulous job. A few performers sang with the skills and range of Broadway performances. The cast was filled with young, enthusiastic, and energetic individuals. Some of them had attended a Kansas University with a drama major. As we were leaving, we were approached by a person who we believe was the Executive Director. He wanted to hear feedback, he greeted many audience members to make sure that they enjoyed the show, and he was clearly interested in everyone's experience. We guessed that one of the reasons that the theatre is successful is that he took a holistic view and approach to managing the operation. Most of the seats in the theatre provide good viewing angles. I am including a photo, but it was taken with a phone so it does not provide a great image. It's a nice place and the staff was wonderful.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Nana Tulip wrote a review Aug 2019
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Just saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and it was indeed Amazing! This is an extremely fun show and the entire cast is wonderful. The mixture of professional and local talent is done very well. Do yourself a favor and go to see it!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Yoga47Rae wrote a review Aug 2019
Salina, Kansas97 contributions20 helpful votes
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was disappointing! Certainly not worth the price of the ticket. Great Plains Theater has been known for the High Caliber Entertainment. I have been attending this theater for many many years - this is among the two that have not lived up to the theater reputation. On a positive note - the children were adorable!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Dr_Frankenboogie wrote a review Aug 2019
Abilene, Kansas7 contributions2 helpful votes
I have been blessed to have attended upwards of 10 shows of one type or another at this venue per year for the last 10 or so years. From professional plays to shows done by the youth education programs that the theatre runs throughout the year. As to the quality of the acting and singing abilities of those who are hired here, several have gone on to perform on USO troupes and Broadway. The productions are first rate from costuming to musicality, props and stage design to seating and atmosphere. With less than 200 seats it's an intimate theatre experience every-time, and very comfortable. I highly recommend this hidden jewel of the prairie.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Sage Scott, the Everyday Wanderer wrote a review Dec 2018
Kansas City, Missouri401 contributions88 helpful votes
I got to see "Not Another Christmas Letter" at the Great Plains Theatre recently, and it was absolutely amazing! The well-written musical was expertly delivered by a four actor cast accompanied by a live pianists. It was funny, touching, and such a wonderful show. We are already planning a trip back to Abilene to see Abilene-native (and George H. W. Bush's Press Secretary) Marlin Fitzwater's "Empires Fall" in the fall.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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