Visit the Burford Theatre!

home of the historic World War II popcorn machine

Our Mission Statement:

Our mission is to benefit the area community by serving as a catalyst and partner to enrich lives through the arts, to inspire creative thinking, and to transform the Burford Theatre Complex into a community keystone and center for the arts.

Upcoming Events

August 19-20 – Ark Valley Players presents: Cotton Patch Gospel

  • A musical by Tom Key and Russel Treyz, with music and lyrics by Harry Chapin. Directed by Dejon Ewing. The show will start at 7:30pm both evenings, with an optional preshow dinner! Tickets are available at Schmidt Jewelers, 226 S Summit St, 620-442-3045.

August 27 – Eclectix Concert – Tickets available now!

  • Join us at the Burford on Saturday August 27 for a concert with Eclectix! This fresh new dance band gets the crowd dancing with the best variety of your favorite dance hits! The show is part of the 2022 V.J. Wilkins Concert Series. A concession stand and bar will be open. Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 8:00pm.

September 6-10 – Missoula Children’s Theatre at the Burford – Learn more here!

  • The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring troupe is coming to Arkansas City this September to work with area youth on a production of RED RIDING HOOD! Local youth are invited to join Red and her friends on a forest adventure with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. This program is FREE to participate in!

September 10 – Ballet in the Park at Wilson Park

  • On Saturday, September 10th, join Ballet Wichita at Wilson Park at 10:00am for a FREE performance! This free event is sponsored by the Warrender Trust.

September 11 – Red Carpet Burford Fever

  • Join us for our annual fundraising event, Red Carpet Burford Fever, on Sunday, September 11 beginning at 5:00pm at the Burford Theatre. We’ll have some fun celebrities tending bar, a seated dinner, and exciting live entertainment! There will also be a raffle for upcoming concert tickets, and both silent and live auctions!

2022 V.J. Wilkins Concert Series

We’re excited to share the line up in our 2022 Concert Series sponsored by the VJ Wilkins Foundation. This list is still growing, so check back for updates.

February 19, 2022 – Across the Pond Concert

May 13, 2022 – The Bellamy Brothers Concert (Opener: Steel Skarecrow)

July 23, 2022 – Whiskey River Band Concert

August 27, 2022 – Eclectix Concert – Tickets available now!

October 6, 2022 – Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Tickets available now!

October 30, 2022 – Aaron Watson Concert (Opener: Mike Love) – Tickets available now!

November 5, 2022 – EPIC Concert – Tickets available soon

December 17, 2022 – The Aerotones Big Band Concert – Tickets available soon

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

BEWARE of online ticket resellers who are offering tickets to Burford events at INFLATED prices. This is the official website of Burford Theatre Arts, and the only official online ticket outlet for our events is HomeTown Ticketing.

Future Events

August 19-20 – Ark Valley Players presents: Cotton Patch Gospel by Tom Key and Russel Treyz, with music and lyrics by Harry Chapin. Directed by Dejon Ewing.

September 6-10 – Missoula Children’s Theatre at the Burford – More information here!

September 10 – Ballet in the Park at Wilson Park – More information coming soon!

September 11 – Red Carpet Burford Fever – our annual fundraising event

November 18-19 – Ark Valley Players presents: Amahl & the Night Visitors, an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti. Directed by Nick Albrecht.

February 10-11, 2023 – Ark Valley Players presents: Love Letters, a play by A. R. Gurney. Directed by Yazmin Wood.

March 31-April 1, 2023 – BisonBison Film Festival – Learn more here!

May 26-27, 2023 – Ark Valley Players presents: Star Spangled Girl, a hilarious comedy by Neil Simon. Directed by Dejon Ewing.

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