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“TCT Sets the Theatrical Bar High”

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Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy
Ranked #16 of 57 things to do in Topeka
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Owner description: TCTA is the nations oldest continuously operating community dinner theatre in the nation. Next year, they celebrate 75 years of bringing live theatre to Northeast Kansas. They offer two performance spaces with a 282 seat dinner theatre and a 150 seat studio theatre offering a large variety of shows 50 out of 52 weeks of the year.
Reviewed 7 December 2012

With a great venue and a stellar collection of local talent, Topeka is blessed with brilliant acting, singing and dancing in a cozy and comfortable environment. The main stage brings a nice variety of pieces throughout the year; everything from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie to farce and popular comedy pieces. The smaller stage does edgier plays for adults as well as shows aimed at kids. Something for everyone! Even if you are not a fan of the particular playwright, you will have to admit that the on-stage talent brings it every time.

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Reviewed 7 July 2012

The entertainment is top notch.The actors are excellent.there stage presents is exceptional.Enjoyale evening. and good foood.

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Reviewed 9 May 2012

Wow... what a great little community theatre. We try to see every performance due to the high qulaity.

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Reviewed 18 January 2012

TCTA as it's known is Topeka's only dinner theater where you can watch live performances and enjoy a great meal! The theater although is not super fancy is very well layout and spacious. The shows are performed my local volunteer actors/actresses, as well as most of the crew. I've been there several times and I've never seen a show I didn't like or had a bad experience.

You can buy tickets with or without dinner and also buy dinner at the theater if you change your mind. Drinks and snacks (such as popcorn, trail mix, etc.) are also available at additional cost.

You can buy tickets online or at the box office. If you buy online you can actually see a picture of the stage and what it will look like from that exact seat. No photos or video camera are allowed inside. Most people dress up and wear business casual to formal attire although it's not required. They accept cash, debit/credit cards.; not sure about checks.

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Reviewed 15 December 2011

And, of course, Shannon Reilly is ultimately the best thing since sliced cheese. I have been to so many Laughing Matters (impromtu comedy sketches) that I've lost count. For a long time, seats were $8 a pop, but since the recession they have had to raise it to $10. Still a steal. Laughing Matters have an array of snacks, desserts and drinks to purchase throughout the show. Audience participation games are great fun. I laugh all the way through.

The main stage productions include some great talent. The best show I've seen there so far was Sweeney Todd. I liked it even more than the big screen adaptation. If you check the season schedule, you are sure to find something you like. There's enough diversified theater to appeal to everyone.

I've checked out the other offerings (Laughing Matters Jr., youth productions, etc.) however not often enough that I feel I could comment. Regardless, every experience I've had there was wonderful.

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