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McCain Performance Series


The McCain box office is open weekdays 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 90 minutes before each performance.


In person
At the McCain box office in McCain Auditorium.


By phone 


By mail
Order form (pdf) 


Order online


McCain Auditorium is the only authorized outlet for purchasing tickets to events in the McCain Performance Series.

Ticket availability:
Online 24/7 starting Aug. 2
Ticket Office walk-in or by phone starting Aug. 18, Wed-Fri, Noon-4PM

McCain Performance Series
Kansas State University
351 McCain Auditorium
1501 Goldstein Circle
Manhattan, KS 66506-4711

The Cashore Marionettes

Wonders of engineering unmatched in artistry, grace and beauty of movement.

The internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. Their touching and humorous performances have astounded audiences worldwide.

"The range of movement truly has to be seen to be believed and even that might be pushing it." — The Toronto Sun

Cashore Marionettes

Simple Gifts

5 p.m., Sunday, April 13
Forum Hall, K-State Student Union

"Simple Gifts," is a series of tender portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music of Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion and artistic insight, the original vignettes presented in "Simple Gifts" provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human. The performance explores a range of emotions with characters and actions that are amazingly convincing.

Recommended for ages 8 and above.

Life in Motion

7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13
Forum Hall, K-State Student Union

In "Life in Motion," Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey celebrating the richness of everyday life. "Life in Motion" is a powerful, entertaining, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults.

Recommended for ages 12 and above.