On Hatteberg’s People, Wayne Bryan has been the life-force of Wichita’s Music Theatre. For 22 years, this energetic entertainer has not only put Wichita on the map for outstanding music theater, but also made a place for actors to make a name for themselves. We begin our story with one of Wayne Bryan’s early career appearances on the Merv Griffen Show.
(Music and Dancing)
“I grew up with a passionate love of the Music Theatre as an art form.”
“And here we get to explore it.”
“It is far beyond just a job.”
(Singing) – “Opening night….opening night.”
When the curtain went up this week, It was The Producers, the first production of Music Theatre of Wichita this season.
“Hi, how are you?”
“You are going to laugh tonight.”
(Stage Play) “The reviews come out a lot faster with the critics leave at intermission.”
For those who follow the theater Wayne Bryan’s name as been synonymous with quality.
“Now this deck comes with the show, The Producers.”
“We’re one of the last in the country that does home grown productions. We build and rehearse on the premises. Then it evaporates into memory and ether, and we move on to the next thing we learn.”
Wayne is the producing artistic director for Music Theatre of Wichita and annually he receives over 4,000 resumes from budding actors and actresses hoping to make the big time through their Wichita experience.
“We know that when someone comes to work here for the summer it is going to change their life in some way and we want it to be in a positive direction.
Wayne’s background is impressive. He has appeared in many Broadway shows.
Played on the television series Mash—
(Sound of Mash Audio
Played in a host of other movies!
Even did television commercials –
“It goes beautiful with regular Head & Shoulders.
Wayne Brian had been at work all year, weaving his soft-spoken magic that makes this theatre experience one of the most unique in the nation.
(Singing) “A master of all I survey.”
“And for me, the journey through the theater as a performer and now as other capacities has certainly been key to me feeling like I have a place on this planet.”
Involved in all facets of the production, from costume, to set design, Wayne Bryan has made himself a part of the Wichita cultural scene. He’s had offers from bigger cities, but so far, has turned them down.
“But none of those other places, Seattle, Ft. Worth, --- none of them offer the same combination of artistic freedom, youthful enthusiasm, and to do this kind of work, on this kind of schedule, nobody does this. So I’m very happy to be where I am.”