Theater News

The Depot Theater Company hires artistic director.

theater newsAfter many months of financial assessment and evaluation and a successful Christmas show,
the Depot Theater Company board of directors is taking steps to move the company forward not
just in this season, but into the future.
The board voted at their Thursday meeting to hire Christopher King as the new Artistic Director.
A Kansas native, King brings many years of theater experience to the stage, having run his own
theater companies in Kansas City, Philadelphia, and New York City.

“We’re committed to continuing a strong tradition of volunteerism which has allowed us to
resume a season as we move toward recovery.  Christopher King shares that commitment. It
has been gratifying to welcome new faces to share the effort with the long-time volunteers who
have set very high standards for dedication and effort,” said board president Katie Ruthi.

King joined the theater company in September as volunteer to help establish a season of shows
after the theater temporarily closed in August due to a lack of funds. King directed the Christmas
show, A Laura Ingall’s Wilder Christmas, which brought one of the largest crowds the theater
has seen in several years. He is currently directing the Miracle Worker which plays for the next
two weekends, and has been receiving excellent reviews.

At the meeting King presented his plans for the next season which will begin in the fall of 2020
“I look forward to working with all the incredibly talented people at the Depot to bring top notch
theater performances to our mainstage and to create new avenues for performance and
opportunities for a wide array of voices to be heard,” said King.
The next show at the Depot Theater Company is Children of Eden, auditions took place a few
weeks ago and rehearsals begin in a couple of weeks.

The Depot Theater Company board of directors also welcomed new board members at the
Thursday meeting. Mike Salem, Nancy Sapp, Greta Clark, and Dr. Glendon Forgey joined the board which includes
Katie Ruthi, Josh Roesener, Ila Siders, and Barbara Straight.
Tickets are still available for the remaining 6 performances of the Miracle Worker, an
inspirational story for the entire family. Reserve at or call 620-225-1001.


Cast Announced for upcoming production of The Children of Eden by Stephen Schwartz.

Children of Eden starts with the very beginning: the creation of the universe. Father breathes life into his children, Adam and Eve, and learns that the hardest part of being a loving Father is letting go. It’s a lesson that translates into the parenting of Cain, Abel, and Seth — and is reiterated once again as Noah parents his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. This joyous and inspiring musical celebrates the difficulty of choice, the importance of passion, the value of questioning, and the pain in allowing those you love to take risks and face the consequences.

The cast is as follows:
Father-Kyle Hager
Adam-James Reeves
Eve-Bonnie Castelli
Noah-Edward Bethea
Mama Noah-Karen Dunn
Cain-Zane Hager
Abel-Kale Lowrey
Japheth-Saul Garcia
Yonah-Tegan Wenzl
The Snake-Malachi Stammer, Dyamond Salem, Kenadie Thompson
Young Cain-Gabrial Dalton
Ham-Roger Brush
Shem-John Castelli
Aphra-Dyamond Salem
Storyteller-Meadow Huber
Storyteller-Kenadie Thompson
Chorus/Animal-Clark Burgert
Chorus/Animal-Adeline Robinson
Chorus/Animal-Michael Dalton
Chorus/Animal-Andrew Mueting
Chorus/Animal-Cara Mueting
Chorus/Animal-Madison Dalton
Chorus/Animal-Addalyn Caledron
Chorus/Animal-Suzanna Biltz
Chorus/Animal-Mariah Biltz
April 24th, 25th and 26th
May 1st, 2nd and 3rd
May 8th, 9th and 10th



Two nights of auditions were held at the Depot Theater this week, and the cast for our next production has been announced! Congratulations to these great talented actors on their new roles! The show will stage at the end of February and tickets will be on sale soon.
We are pleased to announce the cast of The Miracle Worker.

Doctor-Jim Johnson
Keller-Kyle J. Hager
Kate-Gayla Kirmer
James-Lewis Mize
Aunt Ev-Dale Kesterson
Annie Sullivan-Misti Hitt
Helen-Charlie Stammer
Martha-Addie Heeke
Viney-Elaine Felsburg
Percy-Zeke Stammer
Perkin’s Students-Andrew Mueting, Suzanna Biltz, Mariah Biltz
Dr. Anagnos-Bryan Stammer




The Depot Theater will be auditioning for the Tony Award winning play about teacher, Annie Sullivan and the Deaf and Blind child she rescued from the darkness. Helen Keller grew up to be one of our most accomplished Americans.

Auditions will be held in the theater on Wednesday, December 11th and Thursday, December 12th from 7 to 9pm.

The rehearsals will begin the 2nd week of January, with performances February 21st, 22nd,  23rd, 28th, 29th and March 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th.

Several roles available for men and women ages 8 to 80.

Auditions will be cold readings from the script.

If you have any questions, please contact director, Christopher King at


Cast for “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas” announced, rehearsals underway.

We are excited to announce the cast for our Christmas show, “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas,”
The cast is as follows:
Melissa Bosley-Stammer as Ma
Bryan Stammer as Pa
Adeline Robinson as Laura
Addison Heeke as Mary
Charlie Stammer as Carrie
Darleen Clifton-Smith as Mrs. Starr
Zeke Stammer as Johnny
James Reeves as Choir
Dale Kesterson as Choir
Saul Garcia as Choir
Mariah Biltz as Choir
Suzanna Biltz as Choir
The show will be Stage Managed by Hannah Schroeder and costumed by Deedee Miller.  Also providing production assistance will be Dustin McCullough and Autumn Biltz.
Rehearsals have already begun and we are looking forward to a fantastic opening!

The Christmas Show is sponsored by Western Plains Medical Complex.

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.