Friends University to present musical, Bright Star, by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Wichita- Friends University is excited to announce the upcoming performance of the new musical, Bright Star, inspired by a true story. The production will take place Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at Friends University in Sebits Auditorium.

Featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens in her a longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.

“The tale, Bright Star, tells of life, love, growing up separation, and reunification. It is one that I think anyone can relate to at one point or another, and I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to step into this story,” said sophomore Olena Brown, who is playing the leading role of Alice Murphy in the show.

Friends welcomes guest director and choreographer Karen Robu to lead a wonderful cast of young artists from the university’s new musical theatre degree program.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and students. They may be purchased online at or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677.

Students grades 3-12 are invited to attend the matinee of the musical Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. free of charge. To reserve your space, please call Alyssa Whalen at 316-295-5537.

For more information on this event or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

Bright Star