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About Stage 9

Stage 9’s mission is EXCITE MINDS, MOVE HEARTS and CHANGE LIVES through theatrical performance, arts education and live entertainment in Hutchinson, Reno County & South Central Kansas.  A 501(c)3 organization, Stage 9 strives to produce quality entertainment and provide opportunities for artistic expression for all Hutchinson community members, specifically focused on ages 18 and up. Located at 9 S. Main in the heart of downtown Hutchinson, Stage 9 produces plays and musicals ranging from classics to contemporary hits.

Who We Are

Hutchinson Theatre Guild DBA Stage 9
A 501c3 non-profit corporation 

Our Mission

To excite minds, move hearts and change lives through theatrical performance, arts education and live entertainment in Hutchinson, Reno County & South Central Kansas.

Our Vision

Stage 9 seeks to provide community members opportunities to see and be a part of the highest quality contemporary and musical theatre offered in South Central Kansas as well as other exciting programs, events and lives entertainment.  Our desire is to engage audiences with performances that make them think thoughtfully, laugh longer, and feel more.

Board of Directors
A History of Stage 9

Effective on November 16, 2015, the Hutchinson Theatre Guild retired its brand and begin anew as Stage 9 just in time for its 100th Anniversary.  While the Hutchinson Theatre Guild has continued to be registered as the 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating Stage 9, the Guild’s name has been dropped out of public use. 

Stage 9 is no stranger to reinventing itself.  Prior to being known as the Hutchinson Theatre Guild, Stage 9 has had many names, created and retired as the Hutchinson community has morphed and matured. The first version of Stage 9 was begun by Esther Wolcott in 1916. The Hutchinson Women’s Club presented The Trojan Women as its inaugural production. 

Over the years, Stage 9 has been known as the Dramatic Arts Club, Prairie Players and the Red Barn Players until the Hutchinson Theatre Guild was formed in 1958.  In 1968, the Hutchinson Theatre Guild registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Shortly after this, a forty-year old church at Avenue B and Plum was purchased in 1969. At this location, the Guild played to full houses in the 200-seat space, ran productions for two weekends and even shared the building with other cultural groups needing space for workshops and meetings.  

In the early 1980s, when operation of the church as the theatre’s home became impossible, the Guild performed at local clubs, restaurants, the Kansas State Fairgrounds, the Fox, Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson High School, the Hutchinson Arts Center, gymnasiums, outdoors and any venue that could be found to present quality productions. In 2011, the Board of Directors purchased 9 S Main and completed an extensive renovation of the space.  The retail space  was gutted and completely built from the ground up by volunteer or donated labor. The finished product opened in 2014. This 85-seat intimate theatrical venue was named Stage 9, referring to the physical address of the space which is located at 9 South Main in Hutchinson, Kansas. The newly revised Stage 9 brand emerged in summer of 2015 to compliment the organization’s new venue.  

Despite its many name and location changes over the years, Stage 9 remains steadfastly committed to becoming a unique entertainment venue. Stage 9 continues to work towards being inclusive and versatile in production and presentation.  Finally, Stage 9 strives to become a true community asset and a part of the vibrancy of the future of downtown Hutchinson and the Hutchinson community at large.

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