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  1. 1. www.kcstage.com magazine Jamie Lin: exposed $5 January 2013
  2. 2. Notes Auditions More Arts News at www.kcstage.com/blog www.kcstage.com/auditions NEA Our Town Grants A Academic E Equity The William Inge Center for the Arts C Community P Professional (Independence, Kan.) and the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park Independent Actors Theatre P were 2 of 80 recipients of the NEA Our 5th Annual Short Women’s New Play Festival: Jan 27-28: 5 Town Grant, each receiving $150,000 to pm Sun-Mon support “creative placemaking”, defined as Now in its fifth year, Independent Actors Theatre’s short how cities and towns are using the arts to Women’s Play Festival (the plays are short, not the women!) shape their social, physical, and economic features new, short works by selected women playwrights characters. The 2013 guidelines are now from around the country. A great opportunity for actors available, with a deadline of Jan. 14. For interested in new work and networking with playwrights, as the playwrights will be in attendance for the festival. more information, go to www.arts.gov/ Auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts. grants/apply/OurTown/index.html. Actors cast will be paid a stipend. Production dates: Mar 13 - 15. SilverBox Photography Studio, Orr Street, (651) KCWIFT & KC FilmFest Extends 260-9406, www.iatheatre.org Deadline Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville The final deadline for the second annual Company P KCWIFT & KC FilmFest Short Screenplay Dracula or Love Bites: Nov 27-Jan 5: 1 pm Tue-Sat A wacky spin to the classic Dracula story set to scoring Contest has been extended to Feb. 1. The and melodrama style acting with a separate brand new contest, run by the Kansas City Women in vaudeville revue. Directed by Jeanne Beechwood. Request Film and Television and KC FilmFest, has first and audition slot by phone or e-mail at martincitymelo@ place prize of $1,000 to make the winning yahoo.com. Please come with a short funny monologue script into a short film. For more information, and an up-beat song. Show runs Feb 15 through May including rules & entry information, go to 5. Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Company, 9601 www.kcwift.com/Contest.html. Metcalf Ave, (913) 642-7576, martincitymelodrama.org The Mystery Train P Kansas City Choral Receives Two Whistle Stop Homicide by Michael M. Dragen: Jan 13-14: Grammy Nominations 5 pm Mon; 1 pm Sun Truman takes to the campaign trail in 1947 with a stop The Kansas City Chorale has been planned for Kansas City. When someone dies en route nominated for two Grammy awards for - there’s no telling where the buck will stop! Directed by their recording Life & Breath: Choral Works Wendy Thompson. By appointment only. Seeking two men by René Clausen. Released in June 2012, for interactive murder-mystery. Show opens Feb 8, rehearsals the recording has been nominated for Best begin Jan 21. Fri & Sat performances in area restaurants Engineered Album, Classical; and Producer through March 30. Broadway Church, 39th Terrace and of the Year, Classical. The Chorale has Broadway, (816) 813-9654, thespiation@aol.com. been nominated for Grammys before: two City Theatre of Independence* C in 2009 and four in 2008 (and won one). Once Upon a Mattress by Mary Rodgers, Jay Thompson, The Grammys will be presented Feb. 10. For Dean Fuller, & Marshall Barer: Jan 14-15: 7 pm Mon-Tue more information, visit www.kcchorale.org. Directed by Shari Johnson. Production: Apr 4 - 7 & 11 - 14. Roger T. Sermon Center, 201 N Dodgion St, (816) 325-7367, www.citytheatreofindependence.org Thank You Notes Earns Nominations The Culture House* C Thank You Notes: Headed To Heaven with Annie: Jan 7-11: 5:30 pm Mon; 4:30 pm Fri Directed by Cary Mock. Auditions are open to ages 6 - Flat Jimmy Fallon by Vicky Vodrey, which 20 (by the date of auditions). Please bring 16 bars of a premiered at the Kansas City Fringe Festival prepared vocal piece. Accompanist or a CD/iPod player and then went to the Midtown International will be provided. No a capella auditions allowed. Bring Theatre Festival in New York City, has dance shoes if you have them (jazz and tap). The Culture been nominated for five awards by the House, 14808 W 117th St, (913) 393-3141, www. Midtown International Theatre Festival. culturehouse.com The nominations include outstanding new script, outstanding director, outstanding actress, outstanding supporting actor, and outstanding set design. The awards were Oct. 28. continued on Page 3B KCSTAGE Those hours, that with gentle work did frame The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell,
  3. 3. Performances2013 Missouri Arts AwardsAnnouncedA lifetime achievement award has beenadded to the six annual Missouri ArtsCouncil’s Missouri Arts Awards, the 30th 10 7annual presentation. The awards, presentedFeb. 6, will honor two locals. Pat Jordan,co-chair of the mayor’s Task Force for theArts, will be receiving the Leadership in Spotlight onthe Arts award. Henry Bloch, Bloch Family Jamie Lin Notes BFoundation and H&R Block, is the recipient Cover photo by Bob Comptonof the Lifetime Achievement award. For moreinformation, including the full list of awards, Bgo to www.missouriartscouncil.org.Liberty Memorial CentennialPlanning Conference Auditions 5Registration is now open for the NationalWorld War I Museum’s three-day conferenceMarch 22 - 24, dedicated to planningthe centennial of the war. Fellow invitees 2include film producers, among others. Moreinformation, and registration, is available atwww.rsvpbook.com/event.php?506586. doRocco Landesman Leaving NEA film clips la siRocco Landesman announced in Novemberto step down as chairman of the NEAat the end of 2012. NEA senior deputyChairman Joan Shigekawa will serve asthe acting head of the agency until a 3permanent successor is confirmed. For moreinformation, visit nea.gov.  Year in Review affiliate program 6 Calendar 8 17 RSC review 12 events 17 Cast of Characters Scott Bowling ............................Webmaster KCSTAGE Vol. 15 • No. 3 • Issue 161 • January 2012 magazine@kcstage.com • (816) 23-STAGE Tricia Kyler Bowling ...............Subscriber Rep Richard Buswell .................Managing Editor PO Box 410492 • Kansas City, Missouri 64141-0492 Bryan Colley .......................... Blog Curator February Deadline: January 10 Jamie Lin ......................... Editorial Assistant Samuel Stokes .................. Editorial Assistant www.kcstage.com Angie Fiedler Sutton............ Associate Editor © Copyright 2012 by KC Stage. All material contained in this pub- lication is the property of or licensed for use by KC Stage. Any use, Photo by Jeff nicholson Cassandra Whitney ......... Graphic Designer duplication, or reproduction of any or all content of this publication is prohibited except with the express written permission of KC Stage Letters to the Editor ...... editor@kcstage.com or the original copyright holders. Printing by Aspen Printing Co. www.kcstage.com jAnuAry 2013 1
  4. 4. Film Clipsby Larry F. LevensonFasone & Partners worked with Evolution Moviemakers from the United Kingdom are dont’ forget!Audio on a spot for Kansas City Hospice scheduled to be in Joplin, Mo., shootingand Palliative Care. parts of an historical documentary.Wide Awake Films shot and edited an David Berry, KC, finished 333, written by There’s moreinformative video in KC for Google Fiber. Don Foote and directed by Andy Garrison. Local talent and crew was used.New Argosy Casino television commercialswere shot in KC. Ty Jones shot a television commercial for KCSTAGE Garmin.Fasone & Partners used Chef JasperMirabile on its latest commercials for Hen Janis Rovick needed a size-10 female fit-House Markets. model, 5’5” to 5’9”, for a Kansas clothing company. Her contact e-mail is janrovi@aol.UMB Bank has a new contest for those who com. online.like shooting video. For information, go towww.umb.com/videocontest/index.htm. Are you a filmmaker in the KC area and wantJason P. Hunt was looking for a pastoral, to submit news about your production to KC www.kcstage.comfarm-like location for a video shoot. Stage? E-mail Larry at llevenson@kcstage.Justin Gardner wrapped his movie Death’s com before the 10th.Dance Card. One scene involved flipping acar on its roof. For information, go to http://www.facebook.com/DeathsDanceCard.Heather Laird, Wright/Laird Casting, was auditions showslooking for a newborn for a televisioncommercial.HGTV was at the Lake of the Ozarks, eventsshooting for their television show CoolPools. film clipsProffer Productions in KC was looking blogsfor a full or part-time videographer/editor. A résumé may be sent to gabe@profferproductions.com, and one may visitthe website at www.profferproductions. & more!com.Featured extras were needed for a 35mmshort film in KC. The scene was a 1975courthouse.Chicago’s Harpo Studios and VerizonWireless shot projects in St. Louis. Lois Lowrys story of the rescue of the Danish JewishJanis Rovick was seeking male and female JAN 22- population during World War IILatin talent for print work in Kansas City.Boundless Blue media producer Kelli Welch FEB 21 is one of the most inspiring in 2013 human history. The Johansenwas setting up auditions in Olathe, Kan.,for male actors. Principle photography is family faces soldiers, interro-scheduled for March 2013 for a week, after gations, fierce dogs and theeight weeks of rehearsal. For information,contact Kelli at kelli@boundlessbluemedia. loss of loved ones to help theircom or (225) 290-5929. neighbors, the Rosens, escapeHen House Supermarket holiday across the ocean to Swedencommercials were shot with a theme of “Rib and safety.Roast vs. Ham”. Fasone & Partners was theagency. TICKETS: www.coterietheatre.org (816) 474-6552 Photos by bob comPton2 KCSTAGE Will play the tyrants to the very same And that unfair which fairly doth excel:
  5. 5. 2012 Year in Reviewby Jon Parton Auditions continued from inside cover www.kcstage.com/auditionsEditor’s Note: this year in review was written for our January A Academic E Equitydeadline, which was December 10th. C Community P Professional2012 will certainly be remembered as the year of shakeups.Hurricane Sandy tore through the Eastern Seaboard in late Mid Life Players C Rent in Concert! by Jonathan Larson: Jan 20-27: 3 pmOctober, causing billions in damage. The mass shooting in SunAurora, Colo. was the worst seen since the Columbine massacre. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, JonathanAfter 244 years in publication, the publishers of Encyclopedia Larson’s Rent follows a year in the life of a group ofBritannica announced they would no longer produce new print impoverished young artists and musicians struggling toeditions. The presidential election resulted in President Barack survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotionalObama winning reelection against the Republican challenger complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger,Gov. Mitt Romney. The London Olympics featured women’s Mimi, Tom, and Angel. How these young bohemiansboxing for the first time as an Olympic event, while swimmer negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts providesMichael Phelps ended his career with four gold and two silver the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.medals. Directed by Dan Prather. Prepare 32 measures of a musical theatre or rock selection. Bring sheet music The Kansas City arts scene saw quite a few changes as well. in your key, accompanist provided. No a cappella orSarah Skaggs was hired on as the executive director of the singing with CDs. Open to everyone 35 and older.Missouri Citizens for the Arts. The KC Fringe Festival secured Rehearsals will likely be Sun & Mon, starting Feb 10,a new office space and another venue. In addition, Brent Kimmi 2013. Performances: Apr 12 - 13, 19 - 20, at Alcottwas hired on as its new development director. The Lyric Opera Arts Center. We plan to double cast, giving each cast two performances in their roles, but will be used in allhired Deborah Sandler on as the new general director, replacing ensemble numbers. Schmitt Music, 7316 W 119th St,former director Evan Luskin. William Whitener, artistic director (816) 716-6681, curt@midlifeplayers.comfor the Kansas City Ballet since 1996, decided not to renew hisemployment contract for the 2013-2014 season. River City Community Players C The 2012-2013 season marks Mark Swezey’s last as resident The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Williamdirector of the White Theatre at The Jewish Community Center of Finn and Rachel Sheinkin: Jan 2-4: 7 pm Wed-Fri Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen byGreater Kansas City, although he will still direct at the theatre in grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhoodthe future. themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that The past year saw the death of several celebrities, including losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. The showErnest Borgnine, Whitney Houston, Larry Hagman, Andy Griffith, is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chroniclingand Dick Clark. The musical Once, based on the 2006 musical the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime and creates thefilm, won eight Tony awards, including best musical and best unlikeliest of heroes for whom a spelling bee is thedirection of a musical. Meanwhile, The Artist managed to win best one place where they can stand out and fit in at thepicture and four other awards at the Oscars. same time. Directed by MB Hurst. Prepare 32 bars of The past year can also be remembered as a time of a Broadway style selection (nothing from Spelling Bee).celebration, anniversaries, and achievements. Queen Elizabeth An accompanist and CD player will be provided. No a cappella singing, tapes, or USB plug-ins. Bring aII celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of her resume and a complete list of conflicts from Jan 8 - Marreign in February. NASA successfully landed the rover Curiosity 9. A current headshot is welcome, but not required.on the surface of Mars, allowing us to view incredible pictures Leavenworth Performing Arts Center, 500 Delaware St,of the red planet. Felix Baumgartner became the first person to (913) 651-0027, www.rccplv.combreak the sound barrier without machine aid when he skydivedfrom 24 miles above the Earth’s surface. The TallGrass Theatre Company C The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by Adrian Likewise, Kansas City had its share of achievements and Mitchell: Jan 5: 12 pm Satanniversaries. The Gladstone Theatre in the Park celebrated The story begins in 1940 during World War II, whenits 25th anniversary with performances of Hello, Dolly! and four siblings - Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy PevensieJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The American - are evacuated from London to escape the Blitz. They are sent to live with Professor Digory Kirke, who lives inHeartland Theatre also celebrated 25 years in Kansas City by a country house in the English countryside. While theperforming the world premiers of Beer for Breakfast and As Long four children are exploring the house, Lucy looks into aas We Both Shall Live by playwright Sean Grennan. The Heart of wardrobe and discovers a doorway to a magical worldAmerica Shakespeare Festival marked their 20th anniversary as named Narnia. Directed by Sandy Miller. Actors ageswell. 9 - Sr. Be prepared to read from script and present continued on Page 7 a reading or memorized monologue. The Gardner Grange Building , 202 E Washington, KS, (913) 938- 2668, www.thetallgrasstheatrecompany.com.www.kcstage.com jAnuAry 2013 3
  6. 6. The Music Beat: For the Love of the Song, Humble Beginningsby Jeanna JasperseEleven years ago, Frank Hicks and some buddies were kickin’ it No doubt that this is a listening room! There is a huge signback at the chopper shop, sippin’ on a few cold ones on a Sat- onstage during performances that ask the audience to turn offurday afternoon and listening to the tunes of some friends that cell phones and take loud conversations elsewhere. What a greathappened to have a band. What an inauspicious start to what touch, in my opinion. Frank agrees when asked why go to hearhas now become an award winning legacy to the local, regional, music when all you do is talk over it anyway? No wonder thisand national music scene here in Kansas City. place is a favorite place for an on the road writer or band. The “This was never supposed to be an extension of the Grand list of nationally known acts is endless, and the support of localEmporium scene,” said Hicks. “All I wanted to do was provide music is impressive. All you have to do is look at the walls anda place down at the motorcycle shop for my friends to gather all the pictures lining them as if the wallpaper were an 8 by 10between 12 and 6 on Saturdays to have a few beers and listen to glossy quilt.some friends playing music.” Nevertheless, the concept kind of When asked about his musical upbringing, Frank admits he isgrew, and how! not a musician, but he does know quality when he hears it. Being Free beer gets kind of expensive, so Frank decided to check inundated with CD’s on a daily basis, though, is not an easy thinginto a liquor license. to wade through when looking forQualms about it be- new stuff. Frank is not adverse toing a “biker bar” were suggestions; but again, he is alsosquelched early on from there to hear the show, so if youthe stellar reputation of see him hanging around, it mightthe people that hung out be best to wait till after the showand a shared love of mo- to say something. “Artists deservetorcycles. No one percent- respect,” is a good motto to liveers here, and soon just by.being open on Saturdays The genres of music cover theexpanded and more local spectrum, so you may be pleas-bands were getting paying antly surprised at whom you mightgigs and bigger audienc- see coming up. Frank has alsoes, and so Knuckleheads shown major support by hostingwas born. benefits for local musicians who Comfort for the artist need help with cancer treatmentwas first and foremost in expenses to several not-for-profitFrank’s mind as he was organizations needing to host aexpanding and rearrang- benefit. Knuckleheads is locateding the place. If some- at 2715 Rochester in Kansasthing needed to be built, City, Mo. You can check out thehe built it. There was no website, Knuckleheadskc.com,rhyme or reason, it just for ticket prices, upcoming shows,needed to be done, and and start times. Some of theseit all centered around the shows are posted well in advance,music. This is a listening and there is music just aboutvenue, much to the relief every night of the week. You canof the musician, and they also call them at (816) 483-6407.are pleasantly surprised Oh yeah ... that group of friendsby some of the amenities that started it all by just happenavailable to a musician on to having a band? They are nowthe road. When you are Photo by kelly luck called Trampled Under Foot. Ron tour, who thinks about the dull everyday stuff you have to dosuch as, say, laundry? A lot of artists hit the road crammed intoa van with instruments spending hour upon hour watching the You can reach Jeanne Jasperse via Facebook or on KKFI.org.white lines on the highway. You get to a gig, do a sound check,and you still have several hours to kill before you can take thatstage. (I’ve been there and it is NOT fun!) So, Frank decided tobuild a laundry room and showers and such to help them out.When asked what would help musicians on the road, the feed-back was overwhelming. Clean hotel rooms would be nice foronce. A nice green room would be a change. A good solid stage,good sound, good house equipment, and at every turn, Frank la sibuilt what was needed. What started out as the motorcycle sol mi fashowroom floor is now the main stage inside. There is a smaller remore intimate room called the Retro Lounge that was built with a dosmaller stage and close seating. Now there is also a big outdoor sistage when weather permits. When asked if he had ever had allthree stages going at once, he said, “Well, once it happened.” la Next time, the music of KKfi, just iN time for their 25th ANNiversAry!4 KCSTAGE For never-resting time leads summer on To hideous winter and confounds him there;
  7. 7. Spotlight on Jamie Linby Jamie LinI have always loved to perform. When I was little, I would watch I enjoy comedic character roles the most because I get to bemy dad compete in karaoke contests and I hoped to be as silly and larger than life, things that are generally frowned upon ingood as him. I dreamed of one day dying my hair blonde and polite society. The parts I look back on most fondly are Christmasbecoming a pop star. The dream has changed, but the desire Eve in the Jewish Community Center’s Avenue Q, Ursula Merkle into be a part of art that would move people to their feet still Leawood Stage Company’s Bye Bye Birdie, and a crazy Jersey Shoreremains. Why does any artist do what they do? To affect people version of the fairy godmother in City Theatre of Independence’sin a way that they won’t forget. That, and we like the attention. Cinderella. They weren’t lead roles, but I had so much fun becoming I’m Jamie Lin, that slightly Asian, extremely sarcastic local those characters! Perhaps I had a little too much fun. I have oftengirl just trying to leave my mark. I dabble in all kinds of art, but been accused of pulling focus and stealing scenes - sorry aboutmy forte has always been performance. I often fantasize about that, guys. I also enjoy goofing off with the fellas of Ogrot, a localmy life turning into an actual musical so that I could break out performance group, by donning some fairy wings and a Jewishinto song and dance whenever I wanted without everyone accent at the Renaissance Fair (among other wacky things thatlooking at me funny. I participated in what little theatre was don’t make a whole lot of sense).offered at my alma mater, Smithville High School (they now have Because these silly characters are my favorites, when I starteda beautiful performing arts center and a theatre program run doing burlesque I decided to make my alter ego one of them.by the very talented Taylor St. John ... so jealous), but it wasn’t Annie-Mae Allure (a pun on “anime” for those of you who didn’tenough to quench my thirst. I sought opportunities elsewhere catch that) is a goofy cartoon character whose main goal is toand found a place in the Gladstone Theatre in the Park family. make the audience laugh. If she is ever sexy, it’s accidental. I hadWhen I started attending Northwest Missouri State University, never seen burlesque until a few years ago when I went to seeI was originally minoring in vocal music, but in my sophomore some friends perform. Two of my cast mates from the Metropolitanyear I changed it to theatre performance. I just couldn’t stay Ensemble Theatre’s Tommy, and my personal idols, Katie Gilchristaway from the stage. Joining Theatre Northwest transformed and Aurelie Roque, were among the talented group of performers.me; the things that I learned and experienced there are a major Katie, or should I say Ms. Kitty, and her partner in crime, Sweetpart of who I am today. Even though I majored in secondary Louise, performed a hilarious clown themed duet. Lunaire d’EtoileEnglish education, I was in the theatre more than some of the (Aurelie), acting out the part of an angry server, sang “Forget You”majors were. I had found home. Ironically, I feel most myself by Cee Lo. When I created Annie-Mae, I wanted to combine thewhen I am pretending to be other people. things that my two heroes brought to their performances; comedy and singing. I started out with Evolution of Burlesque by answering a Craig’s List advertisement; after two years with them, I am now an independent act, picking up jobs where I can. Lately, I have been doing a lot of shows with the new group in town, Cirque du Risque. They picked me up for their zombie show, Burlesque Bloodbath, and I joined the “Bathsalt Beauties” for a few performances of undead undulating. continued on Page 15www.kcstage.com jAnuAry 2013 5
  8. 8. Affiliate Program ACT One of Kansas City • buy one get one free (must reserve tickets one week prior)www.kcstage.com/affiliates Alcott Arts Center • $1 off theater presentations Arrowhead Middle School Theater • Buy One Get One FreeWhen KC Stage first became a subscriber-based magazine, The Barn Players, Inc. • $1 off regular admissionwe offered two levels of subscriptions: a regular subscription Bell Road Barn Players • $1 off regular adult admission(offered in 6 month, 1 year, and 2 year terms) and a membership Belton High School Theatre • 2 for 1subscription (offered at the 1 year and 2 year subscription Blue Springs City Theatre • $1 offlevels). Blue Springs South High School • $1 off admission In 2010, we eliminated the separate membership subscription Byrd Productions • 10% offrate, and decided that all subscribers would now receive a City Theatre of Independence • $1 off regular ticket pricemembership card. If you are a current subscriber and have not CrossCurrents Theater Council • $2 offreceived a membership card, please e-mail the Subscriber Rep The Culture House • 10% off all showsat SubscriberRep@kcstage.com. Gorilla Theatre Productions • 2 for 1 tickets. 10% off classes Any registered organization can participate in the affiliate Heartland Men’s Chorus • 20% off ticket price.program, and the only cost is the discount itself. If you are Jewell Theatre Company • $5 ticket price with KC Stageconnected to a registered organization, and would like more discount card!information about how to participate (or change your discount), Kansas City Cappies • $2 offplease contact the Theatre Rep at TheatreRep@kcstage.com. The Kansas City Renaissance Festival • $3 off gate price This membership card is good for various discounts at KC Fringe Festival • $1 off Fringe buttonparticipating organizations, listed here and online. It’s KC Stage’s KC Screenwriters • $5 off membershipway to offer subscribers something extra, and offer performing Leawood Stage Company • $1 off Fall Showcasearts organizations a way to connect to potential audience Lee’s Summit West High School • $1 offmembers. Levenson Photography / Video • 1 free 4x6 print of each shot KC Stage Magazine: your ticket to performing arts news. from headshot photo shoot Liberty Performing Arts Theatre • 25% off LPAT presentations Martin Tanner Productions • $2.00 newEar contemporary chamber ensemble • Buy one $20 ticket and get one ticket free Nritya, Inc. • $2 off any ticketed program Olathe South High School • $1 off regular admission Park University Theatre • $1 off donate Paseo Academy of the Fine & Performing Arts • Students Paul Mesner Puppets • $1 off today. tribute to Play On... Productions • No Rockhurst University • $2 off $8 or $10 ticket The Roving Imp Theater • 10% off any regularly priced adult admission She&Her Productions • $2 dollars off ticket price StoneLion Puppet Theatre • Individual tickets at the group discount rate Tara Lane Productions • $1 off Theatre for Young America • 20% off Theatre of the Imagination • 10% off any class University of Central Missouri Theatre & Dance Dept. • http://tinyurl.com/marshamorgan same price as UCM faculty/staff rate William Inge Center for the Arts • 10% discount off of any non-meal events Eat This! March 1-10 written and directed by Stephanie Roberts Studio 116, Olson PAC KC Chews on the Politics of Food Food. From mother’s milk to no-carb diets, there is little that is so essential, so political, so much on our minds than “our daily bread.” In this world premiere, the cast and cre- ative team held interviews with local farmers, chefs, parents, and many others to discuss issues that touch our palates and our plates. A unique theatrical event, Eat This! serves up issues as well as a meal—cooked onstage and shared with the audience. www.umkctheatre.org For season or single tickets to UMKC campus shows, please call Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or purchase online at www.umkctheatre.org. Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (VOICE).6 KCSTAGE Sap check’d with frost and lusty leaves quite gone, Beauty o’ersnow’d and bareness every where:
  9. 9. Hamburger Mary’s  2012 Year in Review Ce Saturday continued from page 3 leb February 23 rat 5:00PM eK KF Funding for arts programs took a turn I’s 25 101 Southwest Blvd for the better in 2012. The Missouri th th An KCMO House budget committee, along with is niv ers Gov. Jay Nixon, voted to increase the ain ary Missouri Arts Council’s budget by $1.2 ty Ba ck million. In addition, the committee made ou to a recommended increase of $100,000 to rG the Fu historic preservation, library networking ran tur ew fund, Missouri Humanities Council, and dm ith public broadcasting. The Arts Council of Metropolitan Greater Kansas City oth continued their support of the arts by er’ awarding grants to individual artists, arts sB programs and projects, and not-for-profit ing arts organizations. o! Although no one can say what 2013 holds in store for Kansas City performing arts, you can be sure KC Stage will be there to cover it. R LEVENSON headshots location scouting Jon Parton, a Kansas City native, is a PHOTOGRAPHY production stills video production local writer and journalist. Cultural Arts Center at Metropolitan Community College-Longview E MCC-Longview Speech and Theatre Department technical The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen: Jan instruction on 15-17: 5 pm Tue-Thr video camera Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files, and operation and 816.361.6260 lighting for movies. the public record, The Exonerated tells the true stories of six people sent to Death Row for crimes they did not WWW.LEVENSONPHOTOGRAPHY.COM commit. Directed by Ryan Morehead. Rehearsals start Feb 25 at 7 pm. Cultural Arts Center, 500 SW Longview Rd, (816) 604-2200, mcckc.edu Auditions continued from Page 3 Emporia State University Theatre E Brownstone by Catherine Butterfield: Jan 16-18: 7 pm www.kcstage.com/auditions Wed-Fri Three points converge in a New York brownstone, A Academic E Equity spanning eighty years and encompassing the lives of C Community P Professional three pairs of people. With nothing but the roof above their head in common, all these characters share in New York experiences of compromising ambition, falling Theatre Lawrence C in love, and making memories. Directed by Theresa Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies: Jan 7-8: 7 pm Mitchell. Prepare two contrasting monologues, no more Mon-Tue than a total of two minutes. Karl C. Bruder Theatre, King In this Tony nominated play a photojournalist and a Hall, (620) 341-5256, www.emporia.edu/theatre foreign correspondent try to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel: Jan 16-18: 7 pm based on telling the toughest stories, and together, Wed-Fri making a difference. But when their own story takes Five unmarried sisters living together in a small village a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts in Ireland, 1936. Told through the memory of the new prospects. Shows: Feb 22 - 24, Feb 28 - Mar 3. illegitimate son of one of the sisters, we witness how Directed by Piet Knetsch. Roles available for 2 men and small events throughout the play spring cracks to destroy 2 women. Scripts available now for a 3-day checkout. the family’s foundation forever. Directed by Dr. Jim Ryan. $10 deposit required. Theatre Lawrence, 1501 New Prepare two contrasting monologues, no longer than Hampshire St, (785) 843-7469, www.theatrelawrence. two minutes total. Karl C. Bruder Theatre, King Hall, com (620) 341-5256, www.emporia.edu/theatrewww.kcstage.com jAnuAry 2013 7
  10. 10. *Affiliate OrganizationKCSTAGE jAnuAry 201331 MOn 1 TuE 4 FrI 5 SAT 6 SunI’m A Little Bit Country • Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre A Very Merry Schtickmas Show! • A Christmas Conundrum • The Mystery Train A Christmas Conundrum • The Mystery Train Laughter on the 23rd Floor • The White TheatreA Very Merry Schtickmas Show! • Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Company Laughter on the 23rd Floor • The White TheatreMartin City Melodrama & Vaudeville CompanyNew Year’s Eve Cabaret • Quality Hill Playhouse2 WED 3 THuNO PERFORMANCES A Christmas Conundrum • The Mystery Train7 MOn 8 TuE 11 FrI 12 SAT 13 SunNO PERFORMANCES NO PERFORMANCES All Shook Up • The Barn Players, Inc.* All Shook Up • The Barn Players, Inc.* All Shook Up • The Barn Players, Inc.* Proof • City Theatre of Independence* Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Laughter on the 23rd Floor • The White Theatre Laughter on the 23rd Floor • The White Theatre9 WED 10 THuHousebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Proof • City Theatre of Independence* Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Laughter on the 23rd Floor • The White Theatre14 MOn 15 TuE 18 FrI 19 SAT 20 SunNO PERFORMANCES NO PERFORMANCES All Shook Up • The Barn Players, Inc.* All Shook Up • The Barn Players, Inc.* All Shook Up • The Barn Players, Inc.* Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Michael Fabiano - Tenor • Harriman-Jewell Series Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • Quality Hill Playhouse Geppetto’s Fish Story • Puppetry Arts Institute Quality Hill Playhouse16 WED 17 THu The Fox on the Fairway • Theatre Lawrence I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • The Fox on the Fairway • Theatre LawrenceHousebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Quality Hill Playhouse The Fox on the Fairway • Theatre Lawrence
  11. 11. 21 MOn 22 TuE 25 FrI 26 SAT 27 SunGeppetto’s Fish Story • Puppetry Arts Institute Billy Elliot: The Musical • Theater League The Hallelujah Girls • Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre The Hallelujah Girls • Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet •I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • Bully Bot the Robot and the Gang of Geeks • Folly Jazz Series: James Carter Organ Trio • Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Carlsen Center of JCCC Theatre for Young America* Folly TheaterQuality Hill Playhouse I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • The Hallelujah Girls • Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre Swan Lake • Harriman-Jewell Series Andrew Tyson, Robust romantic piano • Quality Hill Playhouse Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Billy Elliot: The Musical • Theater League Lied Center of Kansas I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • Quality Hill Playhouse Bully Bot the Robot and the Gang of Geeks • Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre23 WED 24 THu • Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre The Hallelujah Girls Billy Elliot: The Musical • Theater League Theatre for Young America* I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll •Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Housebreaking • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Bully Bot the Robot and the Gang of Geeks • The Fox on the Fairway • Theatre Lawrence Quality Hill PlayhouseI’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • Quality Hill Playhouse Theatre for Young America* BlackTop Sky • Unicorn Theatre Billy Elliot: The Musical • Theater LeagueQuality Hill Playhouse Billy Elliot: The Musical • Theater League The Fox on the Fairway • Theatre Lawrence The Fox on the Fairway • Theatre LawrenceBilly Elliot: The Musical • Theater League Bully Bot the Robot and the Gang of Geeks • BlackTop Sky • Unicorn Theatre BlackTop Sky • Unicorn TheatreBully Bot the Robot and the Gang of Geeks • Theatre for Young America*Theatre for Young America* The Fox on the Fairway • Theatre LawrenceThe Fox on the Fairway • Theatre Lawrence BlackTop Sky • Unicorn TheatreBlackTop Sky • Unicorn Theatre28 MOn 29 TuE 1 FrI 2 SAT 3 SunI’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • Bully Bot the Robot and the Gang of Geeks • The Hallelujah Girls • Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre The Hallelujah Girls • Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre The Hallelujah Girls • Chestnut Fine Arts TheatreQuality Hill Playhouse Theatre for Young America* Completely Hollywood (abridged) • Danielle de Niese - Soprano • Harriman-Jewell Series Moonlight and Magnolias • BlackTop Sky • Unicorn Theatre Jewell Theatre Company* Completely Hollywood (abridged) • Olathe Community Theatre Association I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • Moonlight and Magnolias • Jewell Theatre Company*30 WED Quality Hill Playhouse Olathe Community Theatre Association An Evening with Suzanne Vega and daughterI’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • 31 THu Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • Ruby Froom • Lied Center of Kansas The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont •Quality Hill Playhouse The Hallelujah Girls • Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll • Quality Hill Playhouse Moonlight and Magnolias • Spinning Tree TheatreBully Bot the Robot and the Gang of Geeks • Quality Hill Playhouse Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Olathe Community Theatre Association BlackTop Sky • Unicorn TheatreTheatre for Young America* Bully Bot the Robot and the Gang of Geeks • Adventures of Louis de Rougemont • I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of World War ll •BlackTop Sky • Unicorn Theatre Theatre for Young America* Spinning Tree Theatre Quality Hill Playhouse BlackTop Sky • Unicorn Theatre BlackTop Sky • Unicorn Theatre Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont • Spinning Tree Theatre BlackTop Sky • Unicorn Theatre *Affiliate Organizations offer discount tickets to subscribers of KC Stage. Display your membership card at the box office or mention it when ordering tickets over the phone. For a list of discounts and other offers, visit www.kcstage.com/affiliates. Don’t forget to rate the show you see online!
  12. 12. Performanceswww.kcstage.com/performancesThe Barn Players, Inc.* City Theatre of Independence* Michael Fabiano - Tenor:All Shook Up by Joe DiPietro: Proof by David Auburn: Jan 19: 8 pm SatJan 11-20: 7:30 pm Fri-Sat; 2 pm Sun Jan 10-20: 8 pm Thr-Sat Considered one of the most importantInspired by and featuring the songs of Directed by Adam Arterbridge. $10. young talents in the world today,Elvis Presley. Into a square little town Roger T. Sermon Center, 201 N aWall Street Journal critic wrote thatin a square little state rides a guitar- Dodgion St, (816) 325-7367, www. “tenor Michael Fabiano ... showsplaying roustabout who changes citytheatreofindependence.org A why he is in such demand in the bigeverything and everyone he meets in opera houses.” A Grand Prize winnerthis hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical of the 2007 Metropolitan Operafantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of Folly Theater National Council auditions, Mr. Folly Jazz Series: James Carter Organ Fabiano is prominently featured in Theyour blue suede shoes with such classics Trio: Jan 25: 8 pm Fri Audition, the internationally releasedas “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Jailhouse This will be a homecoming of sorts for documentary about the competition.Rock”, and “Don’t Be Cruel”. Directed saxophonist James Carter, whose legacy Fabiano previously performed in 2010by Jason Coats. $10. The Barn Players, as a “jazz great” began when he made at the memorial service for Series6219 Martway St, (913) 432-9100, his screen debut (and contributed to founder Richard Harriman. $20, $40,www.thebarnplayers.org the subsequent film soundtrack CD) $45, $55, and $65. Folly Theater, 300 in Robert Altman’s film Kansas City, W 12th St, (816) 415-5025,Carlsen Center of JCCC playing/recording the role of legendary www.hjseries.orgCanada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: saxophonist, Ben Webster. Be sure toJan 27: 7 pm Sun come early to enjoy Jazz Talk from Russian National Ballet TheatreTurn-of-the-century Paris ... a city of 7 - 7:30 pm for a pre-performance Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:exquisite contradiction. The heady elixir interview. James will discuss his musical Jan 25: 7:30 pm Friof personal freedom bred lifestyles both influences, history, current projects and The Russian National Ballet Theatre hasreckless and addictive. Drawn to Paris also take questions from the audience. become a mainstay ensemble for theby the city’s passion, a flame fueled Folly Theater, 300 W 12th St, (816) Harriman-Jewell Series in recent years:by the hearts of lovers and the souls 842-5500, www.follytheater.org Swan Lake in 1999, La Bayadère inof poets, Matthew and Nathalie tempt 2006, “Great Moments from Russianfate as they seek love and destiny at the Harriman-Jewell Series Ballets” in 2009, and Romeo and Julietinfamous cabaret. $46, $37. Yardley Danielle de Niese - Soprano: in 2011. “Russia may have lost theHall, 12345 College Blvd, (913) 469- Feb 2: 8 pm Sat Cold War, but it’s still the unquestioned4445, rkyles@jccc.edu Soprano Danielle de Niese, who sang superpower of the ballet world,” The her 2009 American recital debut for the Kansas City Star’s Lisa Jo SagollaChestnut Fine Arts Theatre Series, has continued her meteoric rise wrote in praise of the company. TheThe Hallelujah Girls by Jones Hope to worldwide fame. She has become 50-member ensemble is led by ElenaWooten: Jan 24-Mar 3: 8 pm Thr-Sat; the darling of critics, dubbed “Opera’s Radchenko. $45, $50, $60, & $75.2 pm Sun coolest soprano” by The New York Kauffman Center for the PerformingThe Hallelujah Girls welcome us to Times Magazine and called “not just a Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre, 1601“Spa-Dee-Dah”! Feisty Sugar Lee superb performer, but a phenomenal Broadway, (816) 415-5025,Thompkins converts an old run-down one” by Opera News. Marie Claire www.hjseries.orgchurch into her very own day spa and magazine has named de Niese to theirinvites her gal pals along for the ride. influential 2011 list of “Women on Top”You’ll laugh out loud as they shake up while the Independent sums her uptheir lives, overcome obstacles, and by saying, “with de Niese around, notget in and out of trouble! This comedy much else matters.” $25, $45, $50,will make you shout HALLELUJAH! $60, & $75. Folly Theater, 300 W 12th(Rated G) Directed by Shelly Stewart. St, (816) 415-5025, www.hjseries.org$23, discounts for seniors, children,& groups. Chestnut Fine Arts Center,234 N Chestnut St, (913) 764-2121,chestnutfinearts.com *Affiliate Organizations offer discounts to subscribers of KC Stage. Display your member- Content Guide: Unless otherwise noted, the subject matter of performances should ship card at the box office or mention it when ordering tickets over the phone. For a list be suitable for general audiences. Shows marked with A contain adult material that of discounts and other offers, visit www.kcstage.com. Don’t forget to rate or review the may not be appropriate for children under the age of 18. Shows marked C contain shows you see online! material that is specifically intended for children. Please note that these content markings are designated by the individual arts organizations, not by KC Stage.10 KCSTAGE Then, were not summer’s distillation left, A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass,
  13. 13.  PerformancesJewell Theatre Company* Martin City Melodrama & Metropolitan Ensemble TheatreCompletely Hollywood (abridged) by Vaudeville Company Housebreaking by Jakob Holder: JanReed Martin, Austin Tichenor, and A Very Merry Schtickmas Show! by 9-27: 7:30 pm Wed-Sat; 2 pm SunDominic Conti: Feb 1-2: 7 pm Fri-Sat Marcus Mull and Jeanne Beechwood: Housebreaking is a slowly smolderingThink it’s impossible to further satirize Nov 17-Jan 1: 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm Tue story that makes us wonder how we gotsomething that practically satirizes Christmas specials are a wonderful to be who we are - and what happensitself? Neither does the Reduced tradition and Studio 28 is proud to when we attempt to change. Chad’sShakespeare Company! They are back put on an annual live Christmas TV tired of his job, his shipwreck of a sister,again to bring Jewell more comedy. This special every year for the American his shut-in father, his whole thirty-fivetime, we are removing Shakespeare public, but with no celebrity host year old life. Carmine is tired of life onand adding something everyone available the studio is in dire need of the streets. Chad brings Carmine home,can undoubtedly enjoy: Hollywood! some divine intervention. Luckily, Andy forgetting that stray animals are wildCompletely Hollywood (abridged) by the Angel Williams (recently passed and cunning survivors. “Jakob Holderthe Reduced Shakespeare Company Christmas Special legend) knows what is a gifted and provocative youngwill be combining 186 of your favorite to do: Make this an opportunity for playwright.” -Edward Albee. DirectedHollywood classics into one night of deceased Bette Davis to earn her wings by Karen Paisley. $30 Fri - Sat, $25satire and hilarity that is sure to split to get into heaven. Directed by Jeanne Thur - Sun, $15 student. Metropolitanyour sides. Directed by Whitney Jury. Beechwood. $10.99 - $13.99. Martin Ensemble Theatre, 3604 Main St, (816)$5 general. Peters Theater, Brown Hall, City Melodrama & Vaudeville Company, 569-3226, www.metkc.org A(816) 415-7590, www.jewell.edu/ 9601 Metcalf Ave, (913) 642-7576,theatre/ martincitymelodrama.org continued on Page 13Lied Center of Kansas the PuPPetry arts institute’s Geppetto’s Fish storyAn Evening with Suzanne Vega and Performing Jan 19-21. Photo by diane houk.Daughter Ruby Froom:Feb 2: 7:30 pm SatSuzanne Vega will perform works fromher exceptional career with her daughterand upcoming musician Ruby Froom.Vega is known for her distinctive, clearvibrato-less voice, which has beendescribed as “a cool, dry sandpaper-brushed near-whisper” and “plaintivebut disarmingly powerful.” $28 adult;$15 student/youth. Lied Center ofKansas, 1600 Stewart Dr, (785) 864-2787, lied.ku.eduAndrew Tyson, Robust Romantic Piano:Jan 27: 2 pm SunBorn in 1986 in Durham, NC, AndrewTyson is emerging as a distinctiveand intriguing musical voice. Theopportunity to perform at the LiedCenter of Kansas is one of three specialprizes he was awarded for achievementsduring his Young Concert Artistsaudition. Tyson has worked with manyorchestras and string quartets, includingthe Brentano String Quartet, which willalso be performing at the Lied Center.He is currently a master’s student atThe Juilliard School. $20 adult; $11student/youth. Lied Center of Kansas,1600 Stewart Dr, (785) 864-2787, lied.ku.eduwww.kcstage.com jAnuAry 2013 11
  14. 14. Postcards from the Past lot of vintage clothin ave aBy Thomas CanfieldThe two postcards below depict the new Orpheum Theatre,a 2,400-seat vaudeville house that opened on December 26, H g?1914. Located at 1212 Baltimore next to the Muehlebach Hotel,it was built by Martin Lehman, who got his start in Kansas Cityin 1898 when he originally converted the popular Ninth StreetTheatre into a vaudeville house and rechristened it as the NinthStreet Orpheum. The new Orpheum was designed to resemblethe Paris Opera House. Its façade, faced with terra-cotta to looklike marble, featured carved panels depicting art and music atthe top of the building, above the words “DANCE”, “COMEDY”,“OPERA”, “MUSIC”, “DRAMA”, “TRAGEDY”, and “SONG”.The lobby had a vaulted terra-cotta ceiling and a colored tilefloor decorated in a mosaic pattern. A lounge for women, whichfeatured maid service, was fitted with divans, lounging chairs,writing desks, telephones, and dressing tables. The auditorium’sdomed roof was painted blue with artificial stars. The stagecurtain, made of wire woven asbestos weighing approximately1,200 pounds, was painted to resemble velvet. The back of the WE CAN HELP!first postcard reads: “The most thoroughly perfected playhousein the world. The switch which covers the electric system isthe largest utilized in a theatre and capable of more than 7,000lighting combinations. The stage is 100 feet long. This theatrecost one-half million dollars.” In 1962, the Orpheum was Wild Man Vintage Clothingdemolished to make room for an addition to the Muehlebach we buy clothes! we’ll pick them up!Hotel. wmvpdc@gmail.com or Call Phil’s Cell (417) 849-5109 939 massachusetts st. • lawrence, ks 66044Thomas Canfield teaches theatre, humanities, and English atUMKC and National American University. He is currently writinga history of the first resident professional theatre company inKansas City, the Circle, which was located in Union Station from1962 - 67. survived 1914- 1962 O rpheum th eatre12 KCSTAGE Beauty’s effect with beauty were bereft, Nor it nor no remembrance what it was:
  15. 15.  Performancescontinued from page 11The Mystery Train Puppetry Arts Institute Spinning Tree TheatreA Christmas Conundrum by Wendy Two Frogs and a Turtle Puppet Company Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - TheThompson: Nov 16-Jan 5: 6:30 pm Geppetto’s Fish Story: Jan 19-21: 2 Amazing Adventures of Louis deThr-Sat pm, 11 am Sat, Mon Rougemont by Pulitzer Prize winnerGoing home for the holidays in 1952 Using hand and shadow puppets, Donald Margulies: Feb 1-17: 7 pm Fri-means decorations, cookies, cards, seasoned puppeteer Anitra Steele Sat; 4 pm Sunpuppets and ... murder?! When Santa presents a brand new show. The story Louis de Rougemont has sailed the highhimself turns up dead on the inbound features the famous but fictional seas and met exotic islanders, flyingtrain, the passengers are in a rush to woodcarver, Geppetto, and his wombats, giant sea turtles, and anput Christmas back on track. Directed grandson, Little Pin. Will Little Pin enormous man-eating octopus. Or hasby Wendy Thompson. $54 - $64. The believe his grandpa’s “Whale of a he? This vaudevillian romp “springs toGolden Ox, 1600 Genessee, (816) Tale”? Admission also includes a tour life like a theatrical pop-up book” (NY813-9654 A of our puppet museum, which features Times). A celebration of the imagination our exhibit, “Pinocchio Time”! Finger with radio theatre overtones, puppets of show characters are for sale Shipwrecked is 90 minutes of non-stopOlathe Community Theatre at the front desk. Directed by Anitra adventure-filled fun for the entire family!Association Steele. $5. Puppetry Arts Institute, Directed by Michael Grayman and AndyMoonlight and Magnolias by Ron 11025 E Winner Rd, (816) 833-9777, Parkhurst. $25 adult; $12 student. PaulHutchinson: Feb 1-17: 8 pm Fri-Sat; 2 www.hazelle.org Mesner Puppet Studio, 1006 E Linwoodpm Sun Blvd, (816) 842-9999, www.spinningtreetheatre.comDavid O. Selznick summons famed Quality Hill Playhousescreenwriter Ben Hecht and formidable I’ll Be Seeing You: The Songs of Worlddirector Victor Fleming to his office. War ll: Jan 18-Feb 17: 1 pm Thr; 8 pm Theater LeagueSelznick locks the doors and the three Wed-Mon; 3 pm Sun Billy Elliot: The Musical by Lee Hall: Janlabor to fix the script for Gone With the A country at war took solace in songs 22-27: 8 pm Fri-Sat; 7:30 pm Tue-Thr;Wind in this hilarious farce. Directed by the likes of Bing Crosby, the Andrews 6:30 pm, 1 pm Sun; 2 pm Satby Nancy Eppert. Adults $17; seniors/ Sisters, and Dinah Shore - “Sentimental Billy Elliot: The Musical is the joyousstudents $14; children<12 $12. Olathe Journey”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, celebration of one boy’s journey toCommunity Theater Assn, 500 E Loula “You’ll Never Know”. Directed by J. make his dreams come true. Set in aSt, (913) 782-2990, Kent Barnhart. $32 adults; $29 seniors/ small town, the story follows Billy as hewww.olathetheatre.org students. Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W stumbles out of the boxing ring and into 10th St, (816) 421-1700, a ballet class, discovering a surprising www.QualityHillPlayhouse.com passion that inspires his family and his whole community. A big musical with an even bigger heart, Billy Elliot: The Musical will enchant the dreamer in all of us. Directed by Stephen Daldry. $25 - $75. Kansas City Music Hall, 301 W 13th St, (800) 776-7469, the cast of the white theatre’s LauGhter on the 23rd FLoor, Performing Jan 5-13. www.theaterleague.com A Photo by leslie sPindler. Theatre for Young America* Bully Bot the Robot and the Gang of Geeks: Jan 22-31: 10 am Tue-Fri; 12 pm Tue, Fri; 2 pm, 7 pm Sat Three best friends who share a love of computers, games, and imagination meet once a week to chew over the world’s problems. They affectionately describe themselves as a gang of geeks. The gang decides to solve the problem of bullying. One of the three suggests using role-playing, but the Chief Geek has a better idea. Use a robot. $9; season rates & group discounts available. Theatre for Young America, H & R Block City Stage at Union Station, (816) 460-2083, www.tya.org C continued on Page 14www.kcstage.com jAnuAry 2013 13

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