Theater News

The Dodge City Depot Theater Company is proud to announce its 2019-2020 season, including multiple stage plays, a musical and wonderful community events. 

Haunted Homestead

Director Cary Droste

Fridays & Saturdays from October 11th – October 26 th and October 31st – November 2nd

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

$10 per person (tickets at the door)

Minimum age 6 where children 6 – 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Welcome to My Table – The 17th Annual Holiday Table Event 

The Depot Theater Guild

Enjoy a festive array of over 25 table settings and shop our boutique for homemade items, candles, pies, cookies and pecans.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

Historic Santa Fe Depot – Ticket prices to be announced.


theater newsA Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks

Director Christopher King

A Christmas tale featuring the characters from the much-loved Little House books. Told with period songs, humor and depth of character, this work tells a story of healing that celebrates the importance of enduring family bonds.

Open Auditions: October 11th & 12th

Performances: December 6th, 7th & 8th*

December 13th, 14th, & 15th*

December 20th, 21st, & 22nd*

*Denotes matinee performances



The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

Directed by Christopher King

The story of young Helen Keller, rendered blind, deaf and mute from illness and unable to communicate. Through persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, tutor Annie Sullivan breaks through the silence and darkness that surrounds Helen, bringing the world to her once again.

Open Auditions: December 2019

Performances: February 2020


Children of Eden A musical by Stephen Schwartz

Directed by Christopher King

A wonderfully creative musical based on the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Noah from the Book of Genesis, Children of Eden explores what it means to be a family and to have hope with each new day. Come two-by-two to experience these thrilling tales with uplifting music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), based on the book by John Caird.

Open Auditions: February 2020

Performances: April 2020


Cinco de Mayo

The Depot Theater’s “to be developed” Cultural Division will celebrate May with an inaugural event to be announced. The groups first formal theater production will be scheduled in the 2020-2021 season. Watch for this pre-Cinco de Mayo weekend celebration of performance arts and culture.

Performances: Coming the first weekend in May 2020


Broadway Babies

A Musical and Performance Summer Camp and Show!

This two-week summer camp for kids of all ages will culminate in an old-fashioned night of Broadway fun! Through activities and experiential learning, participants will explore everything from auditioning, stage make-up, and costumes to singing, dancing and creating their own “Magical Broadway Show!”

The camp will be part of a newly developed Youth Division which will prepare students for roles in mainstream productions as well as for future youth productions.

June 2020



Dodge City Depot Theater Company Announcing Auditions


Where:            The Depot Theatre

When:             Friday, Oct 11th: 7-10pm

                        Saturday, Oct 12th: 2-6pm


Auditions for “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas”, by Laurie Brooks.

A Christmas tale featuring characters from the beloved Little House books.


Roles available:


Pa Ingalls (Male, 25-50)

Ma Ingalls (Female, 25-50)

Laura Ingalls (Female Age 8-15)

Mary Ingalls (Female Age 8-15)

Carrie Ingalls (Female Age 8-15)

Johnny (Male, Age 8-15)

Mrs. Starr (Female, Age 45-70)


Also seeking a Fiddle player!


We will also be forming a Little House Choir to sing and carol!


Auditions will be readings from the script. No prepared monologues necessary.

If you are interested in the choir, just be prepared to sing your favorite carol!


Show dates will be Fridays thru Sundays

December 6th, 7th and 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th, 20th, 21st and 22nd.


If you have any questions or would like to receive sides, please email Director Christopher King at


FOR INFORMATION: Depot Theater, PO Box 661, Dodge City, Kansas 67801 620-225-1001

Depot Theater Announces New Artistic Director

Theater News
Christopher King

 It is with great pleasure that the Depot Theater’s Board of Directors announces a new 2019-2020 season under the artistic direction of Christopher King of Mullinville. King has volunteered to serve and will be the fourth person to lead the theater company established by Don Steele in 1984 as the Boot Hill Repertory Company at the Boot Hill Museum Complex.

Born and raised in Kansas, King’s 35-year theater career includes directing theater programs in New York, Philadelphia, and Kansas City. In addition, he holds directing credits in more than 30 productions including Our Town, Sordid Lives, The Miracle Worker, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Fiddler on the Roof.

“I am so honored to follow in the amazing footsteps and traditions of the Depot Theater Company,” said King. “Not only is this an exceptional theater, but the performing arts community, volunteer traditions and the quality of past productions have set a high bar. I look forward to meeting our partners, volunteers, actors and directors, production teams as well as getting to know the region better.”

King recently moved to Mullinville where he is renovating a home. “When I saw that the Depot Theater needed volunteer help, I was more than glad to step up to help ensure the future of performing arts in my adopted region.”

“It is with the utmost respect and appreciation for the tradition of providing high quality theater by actors, directors, technical, costuming and stage crews making up the Depot Theater Company that we announce this new era in theater in southwest Kansas,” said Katie Ruthi, President of the Depot Theater Board of Directors. “Countless hours of volunteer talent, effort and dedication have filled the Depot Theater and it is inspiring to have Christopher’s volunteer commitment as we build a sustainable future.”

Barbara Straight, President of the Depot Theater Guild and member of the Board of Directors stated, “We invite all Company members to continue their involvement with and dedication to the Depot Theater as well as invite community members to join the effort. We’re looking forward to future performances.”

Operations of the Depot Theater were temporarily paused on August 19, 2019, and since that time the board of directors has received an outpouring of support and ideas for future direction. In addition, the board has been conducting intense evaluation toward the goal of reorganizing and refocusing on its mission in order to develop a sustainability plan for the future.

The mission of the Depot Theater is to provide space for theater and performance arts and education to enhance the quality of life for our diverse community. All sponsors, patrons and community partners will be contacted as we move forward with a revised season.

With the support of the Mariah Fund, Kent Stehlik and Kathleen Holt have been working to establish a campaign Get on Board to revitalize and develop a fiscally sound plan for operations. While the event calendar remains in full swing, theater performances will resume before the end of the year with the spring season to be announced in the next few days. The Homestead Haunted House will be the next scheduled event.

King’s website can be found at .

As the Board of Directors continues its revitalization and sustainability plan, all are invited to contribute positive ideas by visiting . The Board and constituents of the Depot Theater deeply appreciate your patience as well as your many messages of on-going support.

For more information, contact Kathleen Holt at 620-338-1493 or Kent Stehlik at 620-255-0380.

September 25th Get on Board Status Report: The Depot Theater Company’s Board of Directors is continuing an in-depth evaluation of all aspects of the theater’s operations and is happy to announce that we will be resuming performances later this year. Watch for exciting announcements in the next few weeks. Many thanks to those who have continued to provide ideas and who have volunteered to help shape this next era of quality performance, education and entertainment in southwest Kansas.

THANK YOU: The Depot Theater Company recently hosted the Kansas Bar Association in the theater. We want to give a HUGE thank you to all of the fantastic volunteers that made the event possible. Cooking, serving, setting tables, cleaning up, washing dishes, and more! The Depot Theater Company has a bright future due to the dedicated volunteers that help make events like these happen.