On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the Wichita theatre community lost a formidable force in Dick Welsbacher at the age of 89. He spent 30 years as a professor and director of theatre at Wichita State University molding the careers of young actors hoping to break into the business. He always lead with a positive demeanor, making everyone’s experience enjoyable. Dick fostered a love for theatre like no other.
Many at WSRSTheatre remember fondly Dick’s last performance in Wichita here at Signature in our 2013 production of 1776. He helped lead the cast to a successful show. He was in two other Signature productions including Willy Wonka as a grandfather and our murder mystery as the master of ceremonies.
Dick made a lasting impact on theatre in Wichita. His memory and legacy will not soon be forgotten. There will be a service in honor of Dick on Saturday, July 25 at Wilner Auditorium on the Wichita State University campus at 11 am. A reception will follow at Mosley Street Melodrama around 1. Join us with your memories, your laughter, your tears, and of course, your hugs. Food and drinks will be provided.
Perhaps Dick’s greatest legacy was that he was such a nice man and good mentor to everyone. He would always remind us to “Play pretty for the people.”