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Performing Arts

Laugh, cry, or be inspired by performances in a charming historic theater, or a premiere fine & performing arts destination you’d expect only in a big city.

And these are not the only stages in the area. In the coal mining days, before the Internet, TV, and even radio, nearly every coal camp had an opera house, where miners were entertained by shows of all varieties. As community sizes fluctuated, opera houses were replaced by larger theaters and auditoriums, including on the campuses of several school districts and the university within the county.

Today, these stages are used by students, local amateurs, and touring professionals. Chances are, there’s something going on tonight.

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Theatres

Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

1711 S Homer St, Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 235-4536
bicknellcenter.com
Broadway shows, nationally known speakers, concerts, art gallery, symphony orchestra.
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Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center

Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center

503 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 231-7827
MemorialAuditorium.org
Old meets new in this historic 1925 theatre with modern amenities. Check our website for upcoming theatre productions, ballets, vendor events, &; art exhibits.
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Pittsburg Community Theatre

Pittsburg Community Theatre

503 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 231-7827
PCTInfo.org
Founded in 1984, provides performances annually ranging from comedies to dramas to musical theatre. PCT conducts three shows & 15 performances annually.
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Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall inside McCray Hall

East Lindburg St, Pittsburg, KS 66762
Built in 1929 & originally called "Music Hall". Recital hall features rebuilt Steinway concert grand piano & a 3-manual, mechanical action Fisk Opus 106 organ.
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Other Stages

Frontenac High School Auditorium

Girard High School Auditorium

McCray Music Hall/Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall

Northeast High School Auditorium

Pittsburg High School Auditorium

PSU Studio Theatre in Grubbs Hall

Southeast High School Auditorium

St. Mary’s-Colgan Auditorium

Scheduled Events

Annual Community & School Events

January:

  • PCMS All-School Play
  • Solo & Chamber Music Series (McCray)

February: 

  • Pitt State Theatre Winter Show
  • PHS Theatre All-School Musical
  • Solo & Chamber Music Series (McCray)
  • PSU Opera (Bicknell)
  • PSU Wind Ensemble (Bicknell)
  • PSU Strings Concert (Bicknell)

March:

  • PCT Spring Show
  • Bicknell Best of Broadway (occasionally in late February)
  • Solo & Chamber Music Series (McCray)
  • Jazz Festival & Concert with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (PSU, Memorial) 
  • SEK Symphony (Bicknell)
  • PSU Choirs Spring Concert (Bicknell)
  • Rondelli Kansas Statewide Classical Voice Competition and Concert (Bicknell) 
  • Percussion Ensemble (McCray)
  • PSU Symphonic Band Concert (Bicknell) 

April:

  • Pitt State Theatre Spring Show
  • PHS Rep Theatre Social Issues Show
  • PSU Opera (Bicknell)
  • PSU Wind Ensemble Concert (Bicknell)
  • PSU Jazz Ensemble Concert (Bicknell)
  • Oratorio (McCray)
  • PHS Wind Ensemble Spring Concert (PHS, Memorial, occasionally at the Bicknell)
  • Regional Solo/Small Ensemble Festival (Bicknell, McCray)
  • State Large Group Contest (Bicknell, McCray)
  • Mid-America Music Festival (across campus)

May:

  • USD 250 Foundation Feast & Follies (PHS Theatre performs at Memorial)
  • PHS Jazz & Crossroads Jazz Orchestra at McCarthy’s (McCarthy’s)
  • PHS Choir Concert & Senior Recognition (McCray)
  • Four State Honor Band (various locations – Bicknell, Memorial, OSC)

June:

  • PCT Jr. Starz
  • PSU Summer Music Festival (one week – Bicknell, outdoors, various locations)

July:

  • PCT Summer Musical
  • Fourth of July music events (Lincoln Park, downtown)

August:

  • PHS/Memorial Auditorium Just Off Broadway Theatre

September:

  • Bicknell Best of Broadway (occasionally in October)
  • Little Balkans music events (Lincoln Park, downtown)
  • Solo & Chamber Music Series (McCray)
  • PSU Choirs Dinner (OSC)
  • PSU Wind Ensemble Concert (Bicknell)
  • Marching band season! (PSU, PHS)

October:

  • PHS Theatre All-School Fall Show
  • Pitt State Theatre Fall Show
  • PCT Fall Show
  • Solo & Chamber Music Series (McCray)
  • Pittsburg Multi-Generational Chorus Concert (Memorial)
  • PSU Jazz Ensembles Concert (Bicknell)
  • Midwest Trumpet Festival (McCray, Bicknell)
  • Children’s Symphony (Bicknell)
  • SEK Symphony Concert (Bicknell)

November:

  • PHS Music Rep Theatre Fall Musical (occasionally early December)
  • Solo & Chamber Music Series (McCray)
  • Holiday Extravaganza – SEK Symphony, Bells of the Balkans, guest artists (Bicknell)
  • PSU Choirs (Bicknell)
  • KMEA District Jazz Concert (Bicknell)

December:

  • Pitt State Theatre One-Acts (occasionally late November, always the week before Finals)
  • PHS Breakfast With Santa
  • KMEA District Band & Choir Concert (Bicknell)
  • Timmons Chapel Concert (Timmons)
  • PSU Wind Ensemble Concert (Bicknell)
  • Holly Jolly Tubas Concert (Bicknell)
  • PHS Band, Choir, Multi-Gen: Vespers Concert (Memorial)
  • PCMS Band Concert (Memorial)