The Hays Community Theatre invites the public to a number of upcoming events this summer.

The organization is pleased to unveil its new venue at 121 E. Eighth (the former Fraternal Order of Eagles building) during a Hays Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting event at 4 p.m. Friday.

On June 15, art enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the venue again for a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of “The King and I” in the making during the Hays Arts Council-sponsored Summer Art Walk from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibit will feature a number of costumes to be used in the production as well as set designs, a cast photo wall and show-inspired refreshments.

A yet to be announced artist will also be featured throughout the evening. HCT will perform the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic July 26 to 28 at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University campus. All performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at

An informational meeting for a proposed adult peer-to-peer acting workshop is scheduled for June 23 at 11 a.m. in the HCT venue. The group would meet once a month to perform short monologues/scenes, and then provide one another with constructive criticism with the goal of offering a variety of opinions and points of view from individuals of varying experiences and backgrounds.

Feature performances for the 2018 season will also include the annual “Haunted Hays City Historic Tours” in late October and “Little Women” to be performed in December. The children’s show, “Junie B. Jones The Musical,” is also scheduled for performance this fall, with specific dates to be announced.

As additional events and productions are scheduled, they will be added to the HCT website ( and the group’s Facebook page (

HCT is made up only of volunteers, from the nine-member board of directors, to the countless directors, actors, stage and technical crew members, costume designers and dressers, set builders and painters, and more. Those interested in participating in upcoming performances or assisting behind-the-scenes are encouraged to contact HCT at

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 season are available. HCT, a non-profit 501(c)(3), operates solely on the generous financial support of area businesses, grants, donors and volunteers. Those interested in underwriting the 2018 season are encouraged to visit the website (click the “Get Involved” tab) for more information.