June 16-20, 2021
Century II PAC, Convention Hall
In the tradition of its best all-family musicals, MTWichita proudly presents the Wichita premiere of Mirette, based on the Caldecott Award-winning book “Mirette on the High Wire” by Emily Arnold McCully. Playing June 16-20 inside the Century II Convention Hall, Mirette features a colorful collection of characters and a lively, tuneful musical score by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, creators of The Fantasticks, I Do! I Do!, and 110 in the Shade.
The story takes place in 1899 Paris, around a theatrical boarding house where young Mirette helps her mother Madame Gateau take care of a colorful assortment of guests. When a mysterious man arrives seeking lodgings, Mirette is fascinated to learn he is a once-famous tightrope walker. When Mirette discovers her own natural gift for wire walking, their growing friendship leads to a high flying adventure.
Scenic design by Jordan Slusher evokes the milieu of 1899 Paris through a series of richly detailed projected backgrounds, offering many unique vistas of the City of Light. Costumes will be provided by Melissa Penkava Koza, with lighting by Don Fox and sound by David Muehl, Chuck Koslowske is musical director for Mirette, assisted by Jesse Warkentin, with both of them playing twin grand pianos.
Mirette runs 85 minutes with no intermission, and is rated G, suitable for the entire family. Social distancing and mask-wearing will be required in the Convention Hall at all times.