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WHEN TO ARRIVE - MAINSTAGE

MAINSTAGE – FRIDAY OR SATURDAY

6pm: Doors open
6:30pm: Aboud’s Dinner Buffet opens
7:30pm: Dinner Buffet closes
7:45pm: All drink and dessert orders should be placed with your TCT Club Service for intermission
8pm: Show Time

MAINSTAGE – SUNDAY

NOON: Doors / Brunch Buffet open
1:30pm: Brunch Buffet closes
1:45pm: All drink and dessert orders should be placed
2pm: Show Time

MAINSTAGE – THURSDAY

6pm: Doors open
6pm: Food Truck Theatre Thursday service begins (place your order at your table with your server)
6:45pm: All Food Truck, drink and dessert orders should be placed
7pm: Show Time

WHEN TO ARRIVE - OLDFATHER

Doors open one hour prior to show.

For studio shows, the Archive Bar opens one hour prior

ACCESSIBILITY

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

To ensure everyone enjoys out theatre, wheel-chair accessible entrances, seating and restrooms are provided. Please let the Box Office know when reserving your tickets.

HEARING IMPAIRED SERVICES

The Sheffel Theatre (Mainstage) is equipped with a FM Listening System to aid patrons with hearing impairments. Headsets are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask your server for a headset upon arrival.

SORRY TOTO

Topeka Civic Theatre has a no pet policy (unless, of course, they are acting on stage). Certified service animals, however, are more than welcome provided they do not disrupt the performance. Please alert the Box Office at the time of ticket purchase, so there is enough space to accommodate the furry friend.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

Copyright laws

Prohibit the practice of video or audio recording of our production. Further more, flash cameras distract performers and audience members alike.

Additionally distracting is the use of cell phones, pagers and other electronic equipment. Most importantly, however, these devices can mess up our sound equipment. Turn them off during the performance. If you must be on-call, you need to leave your devices with your server who will notify you in case of an emergency.

WITH THAT SAID…

Once the show is over, please turn on your cell phones and tweet, Facebook live, post and more about the wonderful experience you had. Tag @TopekaCivicTheatre or use the show’s hashtag.

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NO SMOKING

TCT is a smoke-free environment. A designated smoking area is located outside the theatre to the south and marked. We appreciate your cooperation.

WHAT TO WEAR

Topeka Civic Theatre has been named Topeka’s favorite date night location, so it is a wonderful opportunity to dress up. The exception, of course, is if you choose to dress with the theme of the show. It’s not uncommon to see guests (and servers) dressed in ’80s rock attire when seeing Rock of Ages or to have a dozen Dorthy’s in the audience during The Wizard of Oz.

DINING AND DRINKS

The TCT Club staff work hard to make sure your night is a JOY. Please tip accordingly and don’t forget to consider the price of your meal, which is not reflected on your final ticket since you prepaid.

TCT offers an extensive wine list and offers take-home packaging so don’t hesitate to order that special bottle.

The way service flows on a Mainstage performance dinner night is as follows: Server takes drink order, then soup or salad order. You go through the buffet. Yum. Then about 30 minutes (no less than 15 minutes), your server will take your intermission order. This is when you need to order desserts, drinks or snacks that you’d like delivered during intermission. Your check will arrive during intermission and your server will be back at the end of the show to settle up.

AGE REQUIREMENTS

The joy of live theatre is ageless. However, some productions are best suited for different audiences.

TCT ACADEMY & TYA

Our youth productions are held in the Oldfather Theatre and are tailored for children of any age. The shows are around one hour in length and tailored for our budding stars.

TCT MAINSTAGE & STUDIO

Our Mainstage and Studio shows run approximately two hours in length and most are not suited for children under the age of four. If a show contains adult content or strong language, we will post a warning on the show page.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES

Laugh Lines – recommended audience members high school age and up
The Freshman Class  – family-friendly improv comedy
Senior Class – family-friendly improv comedy
WTCT Radio Players – family-friendly improv comed

If you are not sure if a show is appropriate for you or a guest, please contact the Box Office who will offer guidance.

 

UNUSED TICKETS

If you need to exchange your ticket for another performance, you may do so up to 24 hours in advanced by calling the Box Office. If you can not give us 24 hour notice, we encourage you gift your tickets to family or friends as we are not able to provide refunds.

WEATHER CANCELATIONS

The Show Must Go On

The show will go on unless a city-wide no-travel order is issue by the police. We’ve not had to cancel a performance for this reason for many many years. Should it happen all media outlets would be notified to make the announcement.

WELCOME TO THE JOY OF FLEXIBLE TICKETS

A Topeka Civic Theatre Season Membership is a flexible bank of eight (8) tickets. You may use those tickets in any configuration for any of our eight Mainstage productions within that season. This allows you to see each Mainstage production once, take a guest and see four shows or even take the entire family to one production. Plus, the cost of a Season Membership is like buying seven tickets and getting one free.

Season Memberships are not just for the Mainstage. KIDS Club is a youth Season Membership that provides you access to all of TCT’s Academy and TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) productions. The cost is $48 per year and you receive a flexible bank of six (6) tickets for the season plus the other great Season Membership benefits like discounted Academy classes and camps and early reservations. Buy a KIDS Club membership for a future star as a gift or something you can use together.

GET YOUR GROUP TOGETHER FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

It’s a red hat, office party, ladies’ night out, book club, holiday or retirement…fun group thing.

Here at Topeka Civic Theatre, we don’t just welcome your group – we help you create a one-of-a-kind experience. Trust us. As the longest, continuously operating dinner theatre in the country, we’ve been hosting groups since 1936.

GROUP TICKETS
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THREE STAGES TO BETTER ENTERTAIN YOU WITH

SHEFFEL THEATRE

TCT’s Mainstage Theatre is named The Sheffel Theatre after the late Irv Sheffel.

CAPACITY: 282
SEATING STYLE: Tables for 2, 4 or 6
Handicap accessible
Dinner theatre  /  Full bar

OLDFATHER THEATRE

The Oldfather Theatre is named after Charlie Oldfather and is home to our Studio Series, Academy shows, Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), and three of our performance companies – The Senior Class, Freshman Class and WTCT Radio Players.

Food is not allowed in the Oldfather Theatre. Drinks may be purchased from the Archive Bar before a show or during intermission when applicable and may be brought into the theatre with caution.

CAPACITY: 148
SEATING STYLE: Traditional tiered theatre seating

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HELEN HOCKER THEATER

Helen Hocker Theater’s seating changes with every show to accommodate the stage and space.

Seating is first come, first served. The box office opens one hour prior to the start of a show, and seating begins 30 minutes prior to curtain.

CAPACITY: 100 – 108
SEATING STYLE: Chairs on risers

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GET IN TOUCH

3028 SW 8th Ave
Topeka, KS 66606

info@topekacivictheatre.com

785.357.5211  |  785.357.5213

 

TCT BUSINESS OFFICE
M-F: 9am - 6pm

BOX OFFICE HOURS

M-F: 10am - 6pm
SAT: 3-6pm (day of show only)

 

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