spotlight on   Felicia Londré                  $5 september 2012        
Notes    Auditions                                                         More Arts News at         ...
The Global Music Fest KCOn Sept 8, the Global Music Fest KC will featuremusicians from a spectrum of communitiesof Kansas ...
Bellydance: Connecting Culturesby Amy Jo FieldBellydancing has a rich history, full of connections to many cultures.It als...
Spotlight on Felicia Hardison Londréby Thomas CanfieldKansas City is the home of a highly respected, world-renowned theatr...
The Music Beat: Don’t Ever Tick Off The Minstrelby Jeanne JasperseIt was said in days of old to never make your court musi...
The 2012 Renaissance Festival: A Talk with the Maestroby Angie FiedlerJim Stamburger has been with the Kansas City Renaiss...
 Spotlight on Felicia Hardison Londrécontinued from page 3member. She was instant inspiration to anyone whose life she ca...
 Bellydancecontinued from page 2   Today, bellydance has spread across the globe and is often fusedwith other dance style...
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  1. 1. spotlight on Felicia Londré $5 september 2012
  2. 2. Notes Auditions More Arts News at Brent Kimmi Named Blue Springs City Theatre C Development Director for KC Babes in Toyland: a Musical by Ruth Perry & Ann Smit: Sep 24-25: 7 pm Mon-Tue Fringe Remember the wonderful Victor Herbert music? Remember The KC Fringe Festival has named Brent Kimmi the lyrics? “Toyland, toyland, little girl and boy land.” There are wonderful characters: Mary, Mary, Quite as its new development director. Brent has been Contrary; Jack and Jill; Little Miss Muffet; Wicked Uncle a volunteer for the festival since its inception in Barnaby who runs the toy shop and can turn children into 2004. In his eight years with the festival, he’s dolls and sell them for gold; and lovable Jane and Alan worked in almost every capacity of the event who are his next victims. The adaptation uses the original including artist liaison, planning, administrative music of Victor Herbert and much of Glen MacDonough’s support, and event execution. Brent has been libretto and lyrics. Directed by Mick McNabb. Blue Springs involved personally in theatre and the arts since Civic Center, 2000 NW Ashton Dr, (816) 228-5806, he was a child. He is currently a student at the University of Kansas earning a degree in communications studies. River City Community Players C A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody by Ron Bernas: Sep 17-18: 7 pm Mon-Tue Mid-America Emmy Awards in It’s New Year’s Eve and Julia and Matthew seem to have it all. Matthew plans to murder her by years’ end. While KC in September Julia dodges his devious murder attempts, the Perry friends The National Academy of Television Arts & and staff are dying off mysteriously. Matthew is successful Sciences (NATAS) Mid-America announced in murdering everyone but Julia. Enter Detective Plotnik, that The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes will a Sam Spade type who suspects everyone, but not a clue. host the 36th Annual Emmy Awards Gala. Until he stumbles upon Julia and Butler Buttram in what For the first time, the Gala will be held in he mistakenly perceives as a compromising situation. He jumps to the conclusion she is the murderer. Directed by Kansas City. The 2012 Mid-America Emmy Jeff Adams. Cold readings from the script. Leavenworth Awards will be held Sept 22 at 6:30 pm at Performing Arts Center, 500 Delaware St, the Midland Theatre. The black-tie affair is (913) 651-0027, open to the public. A limited number of gala tickets are now on sale for $125, including Theatre Lawrence C dinner. They are exclusively available by calling The Sound of Music by Rodgers & Hammerstein: (314) 533-2993. The Mid-America chapter of Oct 1-2: 7 pm Mon-Tue NATAS includes television markets primarily in The world’s most beloved musical! When a high-spirited Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Illinois, and postulant serves as governess for the seven children of a surrounding DMAs. widowed naval Captain, her energy and joy capture the heart of the stern Captain. With a Nazi threat looming, the family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland MAC Seeks Arts Award on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the Nominations theatre. Performance dates: Nov 30, Dec 1, 2* 6, 7, 8, 9* The Missouri Arts Council is seeking nominees 13, 14, 15, 16* (*matinee). Directed by Terrance McKerrs. for their 2013 Missouri Arts Awards. Online Multiple Roles for men and women available. Roles for 7 nominations are due midnight, Sept 3. children available, from ages 5-18. Scripts are available Nominees must be current Missouri residents or now for a 3-day checkout. $10 deposit required. Theatre a Missouri-based organization or community. Lawrence, 1501 New Hampshire St, (785) 843-7469, Nominees in the Philanthropic category may be a non-Missouri residents, but their A Academic E Equity philanthropy being honored must benefit a C Community P Professional nonprofit Missouri arts organization. The total contribution or body of work of the nominee and the effect this effort has produced on the cultural climate of the city, region and/or state of Missouri are the primary criteria utilized in the selection of the award recipients. Find out more at KCSTAGE
  3. 3. The Global Music Fest KCOn Sept 8, the Global Music Fest KC will featuremusicians from a spectrum of communitiesof Kansas City. It will be a Saturday of sonicdiversity that will make the grassy playing fieldof St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School a musical 3playground for fans and families. The $20ticket gets an adult and accompanied childinto the Global Music Fest KC grounds at 40th Spotlight on& Walnut, as well as access to the children’s Felicia Londréarea, seven music acts on the main stage, and The Kansas City 5a chance to win a guitar from Big Dude’s Music Cover photo by Bob ComptonCity. Gates open at 10 am. Proceeds benefitThe Pilgrim Center for The Arts. For more Renaissanceinformation, visit FestivalCharlotte Street FellowsAnnouncedCharlotte Street Foundation announcedthe selection of two Kansas City generative Notes 1 Bperforming artists to receive unrestrictedcash awards of $8,500 each in 2012. The2012 Fellows are composer/musician Pat Auditions 2Alonzo Conway and theatre creator andperformer Heidi Van. They were selected by Calendar 10a panel of local and national performing artsprofessionals through a highly competitiveprocess, beginning with an open call forapplicants, and including in-person visits with 13 410 semi-finalists. A public performance ofthe work of this year’s Generative PerformingAwards Fellows is planned for fall 2012. Formore information, visit Film ClipsMAC Annual Report OnlineThe Missouri Arts Council’s annual report,covering July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, is Events 15 10 Performancesavailable online at MAC’s website. The reportshows how the Missouri Arts Council supportsthe state by increasing arts participation, dogrowing Missouri’s economy, and strengtheningMissouri’s education using the arts. For more siinformation, go to laand click “News and Releases” under “AboutMAC”.  Cast of Characters Scott Bowling ............................Webmaster Tricia Kyler Bowling ...............Subscriber Rep Richard Buswell .................Managing Editor Bryan Colley .......................... Blog Curator KCSTAGE Vol. 15 • No. 11 • Issue 157 • September 2012 • (816) 23-STAGE Jamie Lin ......................... Editorial Assistant Angie Fiedler Sutton............ Associate Editor PO Box 410492 • Kansas City, Missouri 64141-0492 Cassandra Whitney ......... Graphic Designer October Deadline: September 10 Letters to the 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, duplication, or reproduction of any or all content of this publication is prohibited except with the express written permission of KC Stage or the original copyright holders. Printing by Alphagraphics.  SEPTEMBER 2012 1
  4. 4. Bellydance: Connecting Culturesby Amy Jo FieldBellydancing has a rich history, full of connections to many cultures.It also has a history with controversy, as evinced by the very word‘bellydance’. Many dancers who study Raqs Sharki, Middle Eastern dance,and all its modern incarnations, don’t use the term bellydancebecause it so often brings unwanted associations to the forefront.In past centuries, when many Europeans and Americans wereaccustomed to social dances where the body was held rigid andonly footwork and stylized arm movements were used, bellydance’sabdominal, rib cage, and hip movements were unfamiliar andscandalous: the type of thing only seen in places of ill repute.No matter the dress of the dancer (and many were clothedhead to foot), how traditional and artistic their art form, or howrespectable the artists, Western audiences often assumed thingsabout bellydance and its dancers because of their unique type ofmovements. From this beginning, bellydance got its nickname, highlighting aphysical focal point, and immediately acquiring an association withtitillation. In the early 20th century, Hollywood helped to popularizebellydance in the modern consciousness, although certainly notin a historically accurate way. Some dancers also realized the sexappeal of the art form and drew it farther away from its roots inorder to profit (we’ve long known sex sells). Today, many artistswho draw on influence from the Middle East and surroundingregions still work against popular perceptions of bellydance as a bittawdry. Thanks to growing popularity in the past few decades, manypeople have been newly exposed to the art of bellydance andhave gotten to see its true nature. I believe the dichotomy betweenbellydance’s reputation and its true nature comes down tosomething fairly simple. In order to make money, gain notoriety,or for any number of other reasons, some people tried to makebellydance about the viewer. The Western gaze, the male gaze,the shocked but fascinated gaze. But bellydance is not aboutthe external; it’s about the internal. It’s done as ritual dance ascelebration, it’s done in homes in the kitchen to have fun whilecooking. It’s done, historically and currently, by men, women,children, the old and young. It is about a joy only accessiblethrough a moment of mind and body unity, internal to the dancer.That’s not to say bellydance can’t be theatrical or compelling towatch. It depends on a dancer’s ability to take the audience withher on her journey: something all the best artists strive for. Bellydance has roots farther back than we have written history,so no one can say for sure where or why people began dancing inthe ways that became what we today call bellydance. Many regions Photos by dustin whitneyin the Middle East, northern Africa, and the Mediterranean sharesimilar dance styles with an emphasis on pelvic and abdominalmovements. Its mostly agreed that whatever the other purposesof folkloric dance often are, bellydance in its myriad nascent formswas a celebration of life, focusing on the vital areas of the body,allowing our most powerful muscles to work, and bringing attentionto earthy, grounded, weighty movements. Continued on page 72 KCSTAGE From fairest creatures we desire increase, That thereby beauty’s rose might never die,
  5. 5. Spotlight on Felicia Hardison Londréby Thomas CanfieldKansas City is the home of a highly respected, world-renowned theatre opportunities. “One of my plays was Eugène Labiche’s The Italianhistorian, author, and educator whose encyclopedic knowledge of Straw Hat in French, and it was such a success that the theatretheatre - local, national, and international - is matched only by her department decided to do it on the main stage in English. Nobodypalpable warmth, ardor, and enthusiasm for the subject. Felicia Londré, wanted to direct it after me, so I was the first graduate student incurators’ professor of theatre at UMKC, is one of the great treasures Wisconsin history to direct on the main stage,” she recalls.of the theatrical community, not only because of her eagerness to Prior to coming to Kansas City, Felicia spent six years as anshare her vast expertise and genuine love of all things dramatic, but instructor at a University of Wisconsin branch campus. “That’s wherealso for her fascinating career that spans several decades. I learned how to teach,” she explains. Meanwhile, she directed, acted Unpretentiousness is a remarkably rare virtue in someone with in, and designed costumes for several plays, although her efforts wentFelicia’s abundant honors and accolades. Because she does not largely unappreciated: “I was doing daring, avant-garde productions,boast of her impressive accomplishments, even those who know her the likes of which you would have seen in Paris in the 1920s, butintimately might not realize what an interesting and varied life she has nobody understood.” Three additional years heading a high-pressure,led. Born in Fort Lewis, Wash., she was a military brat who, along with experimental theatre program at the University of Texas ended inher two sisters, lived all over the United States and later spent three disappointment when she wasn’t awarded tenure. “I liked Dallasyears in England. At the time of her birth, Felicia’s father, Col. Felix M. because there was a lot of theatre,” she says, “but I didn’t publishHardison, had just begun a career in the Army Air Corps. Already an much. I was concentrating on all kinds of other stuff. I had a contractacknowledged war hero, he would go on to become Air Attaché to for my first book, but I didn’t get tenure. And of course, when youSweden and play an integral role in founding the Swedish Air Force. don’t get tenure, it’s devastating. You feel as if the world is coming to An unconventional childhood led Felicia to take the road less an end.”travelled in her journey through higher education. Were she to write This tragedy was really a blessing in disguise for both Feliciaher memoirs, Felicia jokes that they would be titled A Long, Slow and Kansas City. “Doesn’t fate work in mysterious ways? I think theLearning Curve, but her divergent path undoubtedly unlocked life’s saddest thing that ever happened to me was also the luckiest,” shegreat possibilities and formed her cosmopolitan perspective of theatre remarks. Determined to move on, she frantically applied for teachingas a universal art form that transcends cultural and disciplinary positions during the summer of 1978. “I saw this job at the Universityboundaries. Surprisingly, Felicia technically does not have a theatre of Missouri-Kansas City, and saw it had the Missouri Repertory Theatredegree. She holds a bachelor’s in French, with a minor in drama, from associated with it.” As fortune would have it - and unknown to her atthe University of Montana. A thirst for knowledge led her to complete the time - she already had an advocate in John Ezell, who had beenher degree a year early, whereupon she spent a year abroad studying her greatest mentor at the University of Wisconsin. Having workedFrench drama on a Fulbright scholarship. Felicia subsequently earned as a designer for the Missouri Rep, John (who later would becomea master’s in romance languages, again minoring in drama, at the professor of scenic design at UMKC) recommended Felicia as a newUniversity of Washington in Seattle. By this time, she knew in her hire.heart that she was destined for theatre and pursued this goal with Compared to the thriving metropolis of oil-rich Dallas, Kansas Citycharacteristic energy and initiative. in the late seventies appeared to be a rather old-fashioned backwater. An integral part of Felicia’s transition into theatre was directing two Felicia’s first impression of UMKC was of “a sleepy little university in thisplays, in French, at the Penthouse Theatre, the first theatre-in-the-round sleepy, little-big city.” But the grace and charm of Dr. Patricia McIlrath,in the US, located on the University of Washington campus. She was chair of UMKC theatre and founder of the Rep, immediately won Feliciathen awarded a fellowship in international theatre at the University of over. “She was an amazing person who had built a professional theatreWisconsin-Madison, where she completed a doctorate in speech. from the ground up, starting at zero in a city that hadn’t had much“I was getting my doctorate in theatre, but in those days, ‘theatre’ theatre for a very long time. She had done it virtually singlehandedly,was still a dirty word,” she explains. “It was called the ‘department of but she was never boastful. There was no ego about her. She was sospeech’ because you didn’t say the word ‘theatre’ in higher education. outgoing, thoughtful, and other-people oriented. She was an instantOfficially my Ph.D. is in speech, but all my courses were in theatre.” mentor and friend. She was so nice, helpful, wonderful, and loveable When there were no opportunities to direct in the University of to everyone - every actor at the Rep, every student, every facultyWisconsin theatre program, Felicia arranged to direct a play in theFrench department; this led to two more productions and greater Continued on page SEPTEMBER 2012 3
  6. 6. The Music Beat: Don’t Ever Tick Off The Minstrelby Jeanne JasperseIt was said in days of old to never make your court musician or traveling expenses for two months, (mainly in campgrounds near the festivalminstrel angry. The reason being is that most of them were songwriters sites), etc.they had to be! Sometimes the song would not sing the praises of the Other music at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival always includeslord or lady, especially when they did not host the musician cordially Madrigalia Bar None, and a new show this year by Brian Leo, “Theor give them a significant enough bag of coins for them to move on Tinker”.their way. Soon after, comic songs would be released and the general The royal court is showing off their singing skills as well, performingpopulation would know exactly who the songs were about, to the a 30-minute piece, opera style, about the play or “scenario” that goeschagrin of the lord and/or lady. The same holds true today, even though on throughout the day between the royal court and other various royalswe are traveling back into the Renaissance eras via modern times …. that are visiting Canterbury. Axel the Sot (aka Scott Hendricks) is one such traveling minstrel. He For more information on stage times and days, please contact thestarted doing Renaissance fairs more than 24 years ago. Axel is your Kansas City Renaissance Festival on their website or on Facebook.designated drunkard and like other “Rennies” (people who travel year Axel the Sot is also on Facebook. The Jolly Rogers can be reached atround doing these fairs) started off with the fair in his own home town, I have also heard a rumor that the Musical Bladesthe Waxahachie Texas Faire - also known as Scarborough. will be there the last three weekends. Axel says you never know who is watching your show. It could be You can reach Jeanne Jasperse on Facebook or on a producer of another fair is in your audience watching and thenoffers you a spot at their own fair, and so the whole thing begins. Fromearly spring to late fall and even sometimes in the winter, Renaissancefestivals pop up all over the country, as climate permits, and takes all the Jolly RogeRs. kansas city Renaissance Festival.of us back into another time of life - back in the golden age, although Photo by RichaRd suttonI have seen some curious Trekkies pretend they are using fairs asholographic decks. (It takes all kinds.) Axel has the unique spin with his character. When in character, anyonewho works for the fair has to be in character whenever out in public,no exceptions! You can’t really tell if Axel is sober or not, he is thatgood! You can catch his shows at the Seafarer’s Beer Garden Stagedoing his PG and PG-13 shows. (The bawdier the better in his case.)These shows are more in the morning, and then in the afternoon theyare rated more in the R category for VERY raunchy. Little ones shouldbe cautious. If they know what Axel is REALLY talking about, it’s theparent’s fault! This year, I would like to also settle on one of the Festival’s favoritegroups, and they ARE local, the Jolly Rogers! Year after year, these guys manage to get better and better. They haveseveral high-quality CDs for sale. (So does Axel.) Just stick around afterthe show and meet the boys. They have several lovely wenches withtheir group that would be more than happy to help with your purchase,and they might even get them all to autograph it for you! Jolly Rogers doboth music and skits and save a show every day for stuff they haven’tdone much lately. They will have a brand new CD coming this year. la siBoth street and stage musicians as well as actors are paid a rather sol mi fasmall stipend, and tips and CD and DVD sales are the main ways these re doperformers make their money. They pay their own travel expenses, living si la4 KCSTAGE But as the riper should by time decease, His tender heir might bear his memory:
  7. 7. The 2012 Renaissance Festival: A Talk with the Maestroby Angie FiedlerJim Stamburger has been with the Kansas City Renaissance The storyline for this year is the continuation of A MidsummerFestival for 32 of its 36 years. “I’m one of those people: I have really Night’s Dream, according to the Maestro. Titania and Oberon havedone almost everything you can do out here,” he says - with just a been banished to the mortal world, and the fairies are searchingbit of pride in his voice. “I started out in Shakespeare, and I have for them. This storyline includes the creation of an opera telling thepushed the Unicorn up the wire and now know that the Unicorn’s story of Oberon and Titania.holder is exactly 1 1/2 inches taller than I can reach and I have to This year’s fair will also have mermaids, which Stamberger saysjump, I ran games and rides for a while, I was a shop person for a he chose without knowing how big they’ve become in pop culturelittle while, and I’ve always been hawking .... I think the only thing I lately. “I had no clue all the subculture with mermaids,” he says.haven’t done is cooked in the food booths.” “And of course, because we’re starting to advertise them, it’s all Stamburger’s nickname, Maestro, comes from one of his coming out of the woodwork. I have a group who called me andcharacters - the gypsy Maestro, which in turn is based on went, ‘Can we come out?’ Well, anyone’s welcome. ‘Oh, no - youTommy dePaola’s Clown of God. “I’ve always seen myself as the have to understand: we’re mermaids, so we have to have specialringmaster, because I’m trying to direct the audience’s attention transportation.’ And I was like, ‘Sure! Everyone’s welcome!” In fact,over here, and when you’re getting bored then I’ve got something the two women he cast as mermaids were already contemplatingover here. And that’s what the fair really is - this three-ring circus.” buying mermaid tails of their own.When he became the entertainment director (16 years now), he Another thing that has changed with Stamberger is not only thefound out that the entertainment director at Scarborough Fair is number of actors, but also the amount of rehearsal. “In the oldenalso called the Maestro, and so it stuck. days when I first got here, we had two days of Academy and they “I think names are really, really important to building your threw us on the streets,” he says with a laugh. “Now, I have acharacter,” Stamburger says. “I think the name has to say costume coordinator, I have teachers that go to Academy, and it’ssomething about your character as well. I choose, as the Papa much more difficult to get your costume okayed, get your characteror the Maestro in a gypsy band would choose, the names of my okayed: they go through a jurying process.children, and they always are names that mean something that I “In terms of numbers, when I was doing the apprentice program,really want them to accomplish. I think words are powerful, and I which we now call the Canterbury Conservatory, there werethink names are just as powerful.” probably 25 or 30 kids. Now there’s between 50 and 55. And you’d He goes on to explain how giving the actors names in the be surprised how many people fall out, because it’s a hard process,casting choice has helped. “Originally, I used to say, ‘You’re the and they have to work for it. The Conservatory is building villagers,blacksmith,’ so when you were cast, it was blacksmith - you got and they’re building them from the ground up. Our Lord Mayorto choose your own name and all of that. I said, ‘I think when I and wife have taken over that particular responsibility, which is veryname them, they’ll hold fast to the casting longer.’ And the first appropriate to how things were then, because the Lord Mayoryear I actually gave them all names on the cast list, it was the year would’ve been the leader of the villagers. So they meet with themwe lost one person that season. It really did make a difference, every Wednesday night, and have done so all summer, and thenbecause you feel like a real person and it’s a real role. It just wasn’t there will be a graduation the last Wednesday. We have a formalauditioning for king this year, they were auditioning for Henry VIII.” graduation with diplomas and I have an organist who plays ‘Pomp Stamberger admits that he included a more historical court and Circumstance’: I mean it’s really a graduation, because thesethis year in order to give teachers a legitimate justification for kids have worked really, really hard to get there, and so we make abringing students out for field trips, but readily admits that historical big deal out of them.”accuracy is not his primary concern. “We try to be as period as Stamburger is always looking for people to add, both as actorspossible,” he says with a smile, “although I never give up the fact and as musicians, and is quick to state it’s never too late to contactthat I’m theatrically plausible and not historical reenactment. We him about participating. “Show off their creativity and don’t gethave to tell our story in ways that the audience understands. bogged down by history,” he’s quick to state when asked for tips. “There are festivals that are set up to be looked at: they don’t “I have a lot of people who are so worried about the dialect and theinteract much with the audience. It’s almost like a fourth wall. Our right words and getting the right information out, and all I’m reallyfestival has a very interactive idea, and I want to reach out to you looking at is how creative you are and how fun you are. I can teachas an audience member and draw you in so that we can have you the rest. I can’t teach you to be spontaneous. I can’t teachconversation and dialogue, and I want you to walk away feeling like you to be fun and funny - those are the things that are God given,you met the milkmaid, or you met the king, or you met the beggar I can’t teach those things. I can give you dates, and I can givein the streets. And I want you to feel the pressure that you maybe you facts, and I can give you vocabulary, but I can’t give you thatshould’ve given him a penny.” spark. And I’ve watched people who I know are really, really, really, Over the years, Stamberger has ramped up that interaction - really talented not be successful in the audition because they wereand has added things that have made it more appealing to repeat worried about the details.”attendees, primarily the themed weekends and the ongoingstoryline. “It used to be the themed weekend was practically inname only,” he says. “Now, there are themed entertainers whocome in, there’s themed activities, and the Pirate’s Cove area willcompletely change face every weekend to reflect the theme.” Continued on page SEPTEMBER 2012 5
  8. 8.  Spotlight on Felicia Hardison Londrécontinued from page 3member. She was instant inspiration to anyone whose life she came Beginning in 1990, Felicia transformed scholarly research on twoin contact with.” books, Shakespeare Around the Globe: A Guide to Notable Postwar Dr. Mac’s unique talent for finding opportunities and nurturing Revivals (1986) and Shakespeare Companies and Festivals: Anindividual talent led her to create a dramaturgy position at the Rep, International Guide (1995) into opportunities to lobby for the creationand Felicia became one of the first full-time faculty members in the of a Shakespeare festival in Kansas City. Twenty-two years later, asnation to have an officially-designated affiliation with a professional honorary co-founder of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, shetheatre. This position, which she held for 22 years, enabled Felicia still presents a show talk before the performances in Southmorelandto move beyond her academic theatre formation. Not only did she Park. An unabashed Oxfordian, Felicia admits that arriving at whatlearn the ropes of professional theatre, but the support and freedom many see as a radical conclusion on the authorship of the plays wasFelicia was given allowed her to discover her true calling as a theatre the result of a reluctant process. “I was happy with the Shakespearehistorian. we had. I didn’t want to hear about it. I liked the Stratford legend,” Today, Felicia’s distinguished credits include over 60 scholarly she says.articles, 25 journalistic publications, 100 book and theatre reviews, At the prodding of her husband, Felicia agreed to read Charltonand 14 books. She has written approximately 18 original plays, and Ogburn’s The Mysterious William Shakespeare, albeit with a highlytranslated 11 more from Russian, Spanish, and French. An ambassador skeptical mind. “I read the whole 800 pages and said, ‘This is worthof theatre throughout the world, Felicia has travelled, lectured, knowing about. There’s something here worth taking into consideration.’conducted research, and attended conferences throughout Europe, It really shook up my ideas, but I wasn’t ready to commit.” She thenas well as in Russia, Japan, and China. On one visit to Russia, she saw read a biography of Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. “It’s26 plays in only 18 days! Every trip abroad has been an opportunity funny how you resist, you resist, you resist, and suddenly some trivialto bring the world of theatre back to Kansas City and to enrich the thing turns on a light bulb, and you say, ‘Okay, I give up. I accept.’lives of her students. From then on, I was reading with a different point of view - more In 34 years at UMKC, Felicia has taught a vast array of theatre and open-minded, looking at all the possibilities, but trying not to be toointerdisciplinary courses. Today, she instructs a rotation of courses locked in too early,” she world theatre history, specializing in American, French, Russian, Felicia’s earnest desire to share the revelations and new meanings19th-20th century theatre history, and dramaturgy. Her lectures are she was discovering in the plays met with a severe warning from heraccompanied by slides - many taken during her world travels - that academic colleagues. “‘Don’t do this. You’ll ruin your career. None ofbring theatre history to life. Whereas graduate students in most theatre your work will be taken seriously if you keep pursuing this’,” she recalls.programs are assigned a somber regimen of theory, Felicia’s students In the end, however, she had to be true to herself as a scholar andhave the rare opportunity to read and discuss great plays. acknowledge the preponderance of evidence. “It was rather daringThe extra effort Felicia puts into making a lasting impression on her that I came out of the closet as an Oxfordian!” she remarks. As astudents is just one of many qualities that makes her so special. standard bearer for the cause, Felicia has been debating the authorshipStudents are often surprised to receive gracefully-penned “thank you” question since 1991. Each November in Kansas City, she presentscards for something they have done. Last spring, as a capstone a persuasive, meticulously-researched authorship lecture, which sheto a French theatre history course, Felicia and her husband Venne, also has taken on the road across the US and to Beijing, Budapest,a French instructor at UMKC, held a French tea in their home. At Tokyo, and London. “How can any intelligent person not see?” shethe suggestion of a student, the attendees costumed themselves asks passionately. “Once you do the homework, if you take the trouble,as their favorite figure from French theatre history. Felicia’s daughter, it’s so obvious.”Georgianna, a professional costume designer, created a costume for Felicia’s other books include studies of individual playwrights, suchFelicia modeled on the legendary photograph of Sarah Bernhardt, as Tennessee Williams, Tom Stoppard, and Federico García Lorca;in the role of Hamlet, holding a skull. The Londrés also have a son, comprehensive histories of world and North American theatre; andTristan, who is an administrator at Metropolitan Community College, a guide to dramaturgy. Her fifteenth book will be a history of Frenchand six grandchildren. and American theatre artists in World War I. However, she considers The Enchanted Years of the Stage: Kansas City at the Crossroads of Continued on page 146 KCSTAGE But thou contracted to thine own bright eyes, Feed’st thy light’s flame with self-substantial fuel,
  9. 9.  Bellydancecontinued from page 2 Today, bellydance has spread across the globe and is often fusedwith other dance styles that add new vocabulary and possibility.For instance, in America (and now elsewhere, too) bellydanceis influenced by ballet and modern dance, adding a new airydimension to its earthy movements. In all of its forms, bellydancecan teach the artist trust in her body by familiarizing her with herabilities and then expanding them. Weaknesses are not hidden,but admitted and accepted. A healthy trust in sensuality can bebuilt by an unspoken dialogue between body and mind. It is fromthis sensuality that bellydance draws its power, but that sensualityhas often been misunderstood and exploited, often turned intosomething other than what it once was. Especially in modern times,we desperately need healthy sensuality rather than exploitation orshame, the dichotomy that confronts us daily. Bellydance can helpto support that healthy dialogue between body and mind; whetherpursued as a casual hobby or a more formal study. Whether we tryto reclaim the word bellydance or call our art something else, it canbe a powerful way to connect both with oneself and an ancient artform. RYou can see Amy Jo dancing with her dance troupe, Troupe Duende atthe Kansas City Renaissance Festival September 1st and 22nd. You canalso find her on Facebook. Want some bellydance in your life? Photos by dustin SEPTEMBER 2012 7
  10. 10. *Affiliate TheatreKCSTAGE SEPTEMBER 201227 MON 29 TUE 31 FRI 1 SAT 2 SUNLawrence Opera Works! • Lawrence Opera Works Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant The Kitchen Witches • A.R.T.S., Inc. The Kitchen Witches • A.R.T.S., Inc. The Kitchen Witches • A.R.T.S., Inc. La Cage Aux Folles • Starlight Theatre Association The Real Inspector Hound • The Real Inspector Hound • The Real Inspector Hound • Kansas City Actors Theatre Kansas City Actors Theatre Kansas City Actors Theatre28 WED Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant JTS Brown Show • The KC Improv Company Social Security • New Theatre RestaurantLa Cage Aux Folles • Starlight Theatre Association 30 THU La Cage Aux Folles • Starlight Theatre Association Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant La Cage Aux Folles • Starlight Theatre Association The Kitchen Witches • A.R.T.S., Inc. La Cage Aux Folles • Starlight Theatre Association Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant La Cage Aux Folles • Starlight Theatre Association3 MON 4 TUE 7 FRI 8 SAT 9 SUNNO PERFORMANCES The Real Inspector Hound • Little Women • City Theatre of Independence* Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Hamet • Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Hamet • Kansas City Actors Theatre The Real Inspector Hound • Alcott Arts Center* Alcott Arts Center* Painting Churches • Martin Tanner Productions* Kansas City Actors Theatre Little Women • City Theatre of Independence* Little Women • City Theatre of Independence* Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant KC Improv Festival 2012 • KC Improv Festival The Real Inspector Hound • The Real Inspector Hound • Free Outdoor Concert with Buckwheat Zydeco • Kansas City Actors Theatre Kansas City Actors Theatre Lied Center of Kansas KC Improv Festival 2012 • KC Improv Festival Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant5 WED 6 THU Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Trouble on the Border at Watkin’s Mill •The Real Inspector Hound • Little Women • City Theatre of Independence* Divergent Dreams • Puppetry Arts InstituteKansas City Actors Theatre Pat Metheny Unity Band •Folly Theater newEar contemporary chamber ensemble*Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant The Real Inspector Hound • Kansas City Actors Theatre Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant10 MON 11 TUE 14 FRI 15 SAT 16 SUNNO PERFORMANCES The Real Inspector Hound • Blood Brothers • The Barn Players, Inc.* Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Hamet • Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Hamet • Kansas City Actors Theatre Little Women • City Theatre of Independence* Alcott Arts Center* Alcott Arts Center* Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant The Real Inspector Hound • Blood Brothers • The Barn Players, Inc.* Blood Brothers • The Barn Players, Inc.* Bark, George • Paul Mesner Puppets* Kansas City Actors Theatre Little Women • City Theatre of Independence* Little Women • City Theatre of Independence* KC Improv Festival 2012 • KC Improv Festival KC Improv Festival 2012 • KC Improv Festival Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Madama Butterfly • Lyric Opera of Kansas City Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant12 WED 13 THU Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble TheatreThe Real Inspector Hound • The Real Inspector Hound • Kansas City Actors Theatre Bark, George • Paul Mesner Puppets* Social Security • New Theatre RestaurantKansas City Actors Theatre KC Improv Festival 2012 • KC Improv Festival The Education of Macoloco • University of Central Bark, George • Paul Mesner Puppets*Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Missouri Theatre & Dance Dept.* The Education of Macoloco • University of CentralSocial Security • New Theatre Restaurant Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Missouri Theatre & Dance Dept.*Bark, George • Paul Mesner Puppets* Bark, George • Paul Mesner Puppets* 10th Annual High School 24 Hour Plays • The Education of Macoloco • University of Central William Inge Center for the Arts* Missouri Theatre & Dance Dept.*
  11. 11. 17 MON 18 TUE 21 FRI 22 SAT 23 SUNJohn Lithgow, Stories by Heart • Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Blood Brothers • The Barn Players, Inc.* Blood Brothers • The Barn Players, Inc.* Blood Brothers • The Barn Players, Inc.*Lied Center of Kansas Bark, George • Paul Mesner Puppets* Madama Butterfly • Lyric Opera of Kansas City JTS Brown Show • The KC Improv Company Madama Butterfly • Lyric Opera of Kansas City Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book 1: Target Earth • Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Lied Center of Kansas Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant19 WED 20 THU Bark, George • Paul Mesner Puppets* Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre On the Sunny Side of the Street •Madama Butterfly • Lyric Opera of Kansas City Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre On the Sunny Side of the Street • Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Quality Hill PlayhouseThree Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Quality Hill Playhouse Bark, George • Paul Mesner Puppets* 9 to 5: The Musical • Theatre LawrenceSocial Security • New Theatre Restaurant Bark, George • Paul Mesner Puppets* 9 to 5: The Musical • Theatre Lawrence Brer Rabbit • Puppetry Arts Institute The Miser • The Theatre GymBark, George • Paul Mesner Puppets* The Miser • The Theatre Gym The Miser • The Theatre Gym On the Sunny Side of the Street • Quality Hill Playhouse 9 to 5: The Musical • Theatre Lawrence The Miser • The Theatre Gym24 MON 25 TUE 28 FRI 29 SAT 30 SUNOn the Sunny Side of the Street • Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Blood Brothers • The Barn Players, Inc.* Blood Brothers • The Barn Players, Inc.* Blood Brothers • The Barn Players, Inc.*Quality Hill Playhouse Nellie McKay • Carlsen Center of JCCC JTS Brown Show • The KC Improv Company Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Ragamala Dance, Sacred Earth • Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Lied Center of Kansas Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Tom, Dick and Harry • Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Tom, Dick and Harry • Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre On the Sunny Side of the Street •26 WED 27 THU The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs • On the Sunny Side of the Street • Quality Hill PlayhouseThree Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Three Tall Women • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Olathe South High School* Quality Hill Playhouse 9 to 5: The Musical • Theatre LawrenceSocial Security • New Theatre Restaurant Social Security • New Theatre Restaurant Tom, Dick and Harry • 9 to 5: The Musical • Theatre Lawrence The Miser • The Theatre GymOn the Sunny Side of the Street • The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs • Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre The Miser • The Theatre GymQuality Hill Playhouse Olathe South High School* On the Sunny Side of the Street • On the Sunny Side of the Street • Quality Hill Playhouse Quality Hill Playhouse 9 to 5: The Musical • Theatre Lawrence 9 to 5: The Musical • Theatre Lawrence The Miser • The Theatre Gym The Miser • The Theatre Gym kansas city Renaissance Festival • Photos by RichaRd suttonAUDITIONSBabes in Toyland: a Musical • Blue Springs City Theatre*Sep 24-25: 7 pm Mon-TueA Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody •River City Community PlayersSep 17-18: 7 pm Mon-TueThe Sound of Music • Theatre LawrenceOct 1-2: 7 pm Mon-Tue *Affiliate Theatres 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 Don’t forget to rate the show you see online!
  12. 12. Arts Center*. The Barn Players, Inc.* Folly TheaterShakespeare in the Parking Lot: Hamlet Blood Brothers by Willy Russell Pat Metheny Unity Bandby William Shakespeare Sep 14-30: 7:30 pm Fri-Sat; 2 pm Sun Sep 6: 8 pm ThrSep 8-16: 4 pm Sat-Sun Blood Brothers is a haunting rags to Pat Metheny is a chance-taking performerThe Alcott Arts Center is proud to present riches tragedy of our times. A woman with who has gained great popularity throughShakespeare in the Parking Lot VI and their numerous children to support surrenders his recordings with the Pat Methenyfirst Shakespearian tragedy, Hamlet. Set in one of her new born twins to the childless Group. His sound might be described asVictorian times, the play follows Hamlet, woman for whom she cleans house. The a fusion of folk-jazz and mood music, butwho is reeling from the death of his father, boys grow up streets apart, never learning he manages to be both accessible andthe former king, and quick marriage of the truth. They become firm friends and fall original, stretching the boundaries of jazz.his mother, Queen Gertrude, to his uncle in love with the same girl. One prospers Folly Theater, 300 W 12th St,(now king) Claudius. Upon seeing his while the other falls on hard times. A (816) 842-5500, www.follytheater.orgfather’s ghost and hearing the true story narrator warns that a price has to beof his death, Hamlet plots revenge, while paid for separating twins. Directed bymadness, chaos, and death keep the court Kansas City Actors Theatre Eric Magnus. $18; seniors $15; studentson their toes. Directed by Anna Jennings The Real Inspector Hound $10; 10 or more $12. The Barn Players,and Lindsay Adams. Featuring Amber by Tom Stoppard 6219 Martway St, (913) 432-9100, www.Finley, Chuck Smith, Coleman Crenshaw, Aug 31-Sep 14: 7:30 pm Tue-Sat; AFrank Presler, Jeff Shehan, Jen Morris, John 3 pm Sat; 2 pm SunPlunkett, Khalid Johnson, Lilyana Green, An absurd and funny take on the mysteryLonita Cook, Marie Abed, Megan Baker, Carlsen Center of JCCC genre from the highly acclaimed andNate Shady, Sean Hill, Skylar Garcia, and Nellie McKay award-winning playwright, Tom Stoppard.Tyrell Gephardt. $5 and a non-perishable Sep 28: 8 pm Fri A Christie-esque murder mystery isfood item. Alcott Arts Center Outdoor Her music is as tuneful and clever as the observed by a pair of theatre critics whoTheatre, 180 S 18th St, (913) 233-ARTS, best of the Great American Songbook get pulled in to the action in a very – part cabaret, part sparkly pop – she’s way.... Directed by Mark Robbins. $15 done “Brecht on Broadway”, opened for - $35. H&R Block City Stage at Union Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung WoodyA.R.T.S., Inc. Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, Station, 30 W Pershing Rd,The Kitchen Witches by Caroline Smith (816) 235-6222, performed on A Prairie Home Companion,Aug 17-Sep 2: 6:30 pm Sat; 2 pm Sun duetted with Eartha Kitt and Triumph, TheIsobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two Insult Comic Dog, played Hilary Swank’s KC Improv Festivalcable-access cooking show hostesses who The KC Improv Company sister on the big screen, paid tributehave hated each other for over 30 years, KC Improv Festival 2012: to Doris Day, and released four wildlyever since Larry Biddle dated one and Sep 7-15: 8 pm Thr-Sat; 9 pm, 7 pm Fri acclaimed albums of original music. $32.married the other. When circumstances The KC Improv Festival, now in its 12th Polsky Theatre, 12345 College Blvd, (913)put them together on a TV show called year, welcomes 17 improv troupes from KC 469-4445, Kitchen Witches, the insults are and around the country. Paul F Tompkinflung harder than the food. Dolly’s long and Colin Hanks join top-rated podcasterssuffering TV-producer son, Stephen, tries to City Theatre of Independence Superego; performers from Second City,keep them on track but it’s a losing battle. Little Women by Marion De Forest festival favorites BASSPROV, ImprovBoston,Directed by Carole Ries. Featuring Karen Sep 6-16: 8 pm Thr-Sat; 2 pm Sun and rappers Twinprov will also play. PortionHastings, Jared Caudle, Carole Ries, and This play tells Louisa May Alcott’s classic of proceeds will benefit Gilda’s Club.Denise Butterfield. Dinner + show: $37; awakening tale in a simple and yet Full schedule online. $6-20. Off CenterNon-dinner shows: $22. The Break Room, effective manner. Beautiful, amusing, Theatre, Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd,911 S Kansas Ave, (785) 215-6633, and meaningful, this telling of the March (816) 678-8886, sisters’ pivotal years on the verge of womanhood imparts cheer and hope for the goodness of mankind. Directed by Marcie Ramirez. $12 for non-musical or $14 for a musical. Roger T. Sermon Center, 201 N Dodgion St, (816) 325- 7367, *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 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 Making a famine where abundance lies, Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel:
  13. 13.  PerformancesThe Kick Stand-Up Show The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book 1:Sep 29: 10 pm Sat Target Earth: Sep 22: Martin Tanner Productions*The KC Improv Company invites six of Painting Churches by Tina Howe 3 pm SatKC’s best stand-up comedians to perform Sep 4: 7:30 pm Tue The year is 1933. At the very momenttheir best work. It’s the best. With headliner “Beautifully written .... A theatrical family that Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter MollyBrad Ellis, emcee Grasshopper, plus Marty portrait that has the shimmer and depth of Sloan and her intrepid assistant TimmyMcIrvin, Scott Schaffer, Jeff Baker, and Wes Renoir portraits.” - The New York Times; “A Mendez find their story on internationalVan Horn. Directed by Tim Marks, Rod radiant, loving and zestfully humorous play pelt smuggling at a dead end, their contactReyes. $10, $5 for students. The Kick ... distinctly Chekhovian. Howe captures is assassinated right before their eyes. Yes,Comedy Theater (at Westport Coffeehouse the same edgy surface of false hilarity, Molly and Timmy have stumbled upon theTheater), 4010 Pennsylvania, the same unutterable sadness beneath it, story of the century: an impending invasion(913) 486-6861, A and the indomitable valor beneath both.” of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. - Time. Directed by Herman Johansen. $28 adult; $15 student/youth. Lied Center Featuring Nancy Marcy, Richard AlanLied Center of Kansas of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr, (785) 864- Nichols, and Claudia Copping. Free. TheOutdoor Concert with Buckwheat Zydeco 2787, (Suitable for Everyone) Kansas City Irish Center, 30 W PershingSep 7: 7 pm Fri Rd, Ste 700, (816) 474-3848,Led by the legendary bandleader, Stanley The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book 2: A“Buckwheat” Dural, Jr., the group will Robot Planet Risingplay music from the Grammy Award- Sep 22: 7:30 pm Satwinning album, Lay Your Burden Down, The year is 1933. When the robot emissary Metropolitan Ensemble Theatreand songs spanning its 30-year career. Elbee-Dee-Oh disappears in deep space, Three Tall Women by Edward AlbeeThis talented band has been nominated it’s up to Molly Sloan to rescue him. At Sep 12-30: 7:30 pm Wed-Sat; 2 pm Sunfor five Grammy Awards in three different that same time, and unbeknownst to her, The three tall women of young, middle, andcategories and received a Grammy Award her former fiancé Dr. Lawrence Webster old age are, in fact, all the same womanfor Lay Your Burden Down, considered to has arrived on Robonovia, the Cerebretron (“everywoman”) at different stages of herbe the most ambitious, deep and varied is malfunctioning, Timmy has only just life in this dynamic view of human frailty,recording of Buckwheat Zydeco’s career. begun to master his telekinetic powers, reconciliation, and forgiveness. AlbeeFree. Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart a sinister robot named Alphatron is up examines the pettiness and self-deceptionDr, (785) 864-2787, to something terribly nefarious, and the in our lives and the frailty of the aging Soviet spy Natasha Zorokov has followed process, all told with characteristic AlbeeJohn Lithgow, Stories by Heart Dr. Webster through the Galactascope. wit in the context of the old woman’s life.Sep 17: 7:30 pm Mon $28 adult; $15 student/youth. Lied Center Directed by Linda Ade Brand. FeaturingIn Stories by Heart, actor John Lithgow of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr, (785) 864- Marilyn Lynch, Celia Gannon, and Briannaoffers a touching and humorous 2787, Marxen-McCollom. $30 Fri-Sat, $25 Thur-reflection on storytelling as the tie that Sun, $15 student. Metropolitan Ensemblebinds humanity. Invoking memories of Theatre, 3604 Main St, (816) 569-3226,his father and his grandmother, Lithgow Lyric Opera of Kansas City Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccinitraces his roots as an actor and storyteller, Sep 15-23: 7:30 pm Fri-Sat,interspersing his own story with two great Wed; 2 pm Sun New Theatre Restaurantstories that were read to him and his Puccini’s beautifully tragic Madama Social Security by Andrew Bergmansiblings when they were children. $46 Butterfly is a story of the love, fidelity, Aug 29-Nov 4: 12 pm Sat-Sun,adult; $24 student/youth. Lied Center of and betrayal that occurs when two very Wed-Thr; 6 pm Tue-SunKansas, 1600 Stewart Dr, different cultures collide. A marriage(785) 864-2787, The ordered lives of a trendy New York contract has drastically different meanings art gallery owner and his wife are thrown to a U.S Navy lieutenant and his Japanese hilariously into chaos when her motherRagamala Dance, Sacred Earth child-bride. When the nuptials result in a moves in. Directed by Dennis D. Hennessy.Sep 28: 7:30 pm Fri beloved child, the mother will do anything Featuring Barbara Eden, Joel Rooks, CathyRagamala Dance brings the sensibility of to protect her honor and her child’s future Barnett, Craig Benton, David Fritts, andmysticism and sanctity of the 2,000-year- Cheryl Weaver. Call (913) 649-7469 for as an American. Call for ticket prices.old Indian dance form, bharatanatyam, more information. New Theatre Restaurant, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts,to the contemporary stage. By interfacing 9229 Foster St, A 1601 Broadway, (816) 471-7344,choreography with live Indian music and www.kcopera.orgthe visual traditions of kolams and Warlipaintings, Sacred Earth celebrates bodyand nature, and soul and earth. $28 adult;$15 student/youth. Lied Center of Kansas,1600 Stewart Dr, (785) 864-2787, continued on Page SEPTEMBER 2012 11
  14. 14.  Performancescontinued from page 9newEar contemporary chamber Puppetry Arts Institute Starlight Theatre Associationensemble* Woodland Puppets Brer Rabbit La Cage Aux FollesDivergent Dreams by Ingrid Stolzel, Joao Sep 22: 2 pm, 11 am Sat by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry HermanPedro Oliveira, Gilbert Galindo, Dylan Tales from the adventures of a true Aug 28-Sep 2: 8 pm Sat-SunSchneider, Mark Snyder, Arthur Levering, American folk-hero Brer Rabbit! Four Georges is the suave owner of a glitzyJonathan Pieslak stories of this loveable trickster, his drag club on the French Riviera. PartneredSep 8: 8 pm Sat indomitable spirit and his irascible friends romantically with his high-strung starOpening Concert of newEar’s Twentieth are woven together in this half hour show. performer, Albin (who goes by the stageAnniversary Season! Directed by Steven Please call for reservations. Show times 11 name Zaza), the pair live a charmedD. Davis. Featuring Thomas Aber, Anne- am and 2 pm. Directed by Wayne Krefting. life - until Georges’ son, Jean-Michel,Marie Brown, Jan Faidley, Lawrence Figg, $5 per person regardless of age. Puppetry turns up engaged to the daughter of aMark Lowry, Lyra Pherigo, and Robert Arts Institute, 11025 E Winner Rd, (816) conservative right-wing politician who’sPherigo. $20 ($10 student With ID). All 833-9777, coming to dinner. $10 - $85. StarlightSouls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd, (816) 363-Walnut, (816) 235-6222, Woodland Puppets 7827, The Reluctant Salamander Sep 22: 2 pm, 11 am Sat The Theatre GymOlathe South High School* The Reluctant Salamander is Woodland The Miser by Molière,The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs Puppet’s slightly skewed spoof of Kenneth adapted by Stephen Bardellby Linda Daugherty Grahame’s classic story, “The Reluctant Sep 20-Oct 6: 7:30 pm Thr-Sat; 2 pm Sun Sep 27-28: 7:30 pm Thr-Fri Dragon”. Join Bil Bug, Solly Salamander, Directed by Art Suskin. Featuring Allan$8. Olathe South High School, and the rest of the Forest Floor Players in Boardman, Alan Tilson, Cathy Wood,1640 E 151st St, (913) 780-7160, this tale of misunderstanding and good Devon Barnes, Andy Penn, Brian Huther, intentions gone awry told with gentle good Mike Ott, Bianca Jordan, Greg Lane, humor. Showtimes 11 am and 2 pm. Spencer Lott, Dean Kinsey, and Elizabth Please call for reservations. Directed by Hill. $15-$25. The H&R Block City StageParadise Playhouse Dinner Theatre Wayne Krefting. $5 per person regardless at Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road,Tom, Dick and Harry by Ray Cooney and of age. Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E Cooney Winner Rd, (816) 833-9777, www.hazelle.Sep 28-Oct 20: 6 pm Fri-Sat; 12 pm Sun org (Intended for Children)$30 to $32. Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre LawrenceTheatre, 101 Spring St, (816) 630-3333, Trouble on the Border at Watkin’s Mill 9 to 5: The Musical by Dolly A Sep 8: 2 pm Sat Sep 21-Oct 7: 7:30 pm Thr-Sat; We are very excited to invite you to 2:30 pm Sun This is the hilarious story of friendship andPaul Mesner Puppets* Trouble on the Border, a marionette revenge in the Rolodex era. 9 to 5: TheBark, George by Jules Feiffer performance depicting the impact Order Number Eleven had on a Missouri farming Musical tells the story of three unlikelySep 11-22: 10 am Tue-Sat family. Stick around after the show for friends who conspire to take control of“Bark, George,” says George’s mother, other events! The show is sponsored by their company and learn there’s nothingand George goes “Meow,” which definitely Watkins Mill Association, performed by they can’t do - even in a man’s world.isn’t right, because George is a dog. And the Puppetry Arts Institute, and will be at Outrageous, thought-provoking, andso is his mother, who repeats, “Bark, the Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site. even a little romantic, this musical isGeorge.” And George goes, “Quack- Get your tickets today! Call for directions about teaming up and taking care ofquack.” What’s going on with George? and additional information. Watkin’s Mill business ... it’s about getting credit andFind out in this fast, foolish and funny Visitors Center, NE 161st St, getting even. Directed by Doug Weaver.farce adapted for the puppet stage by (816) 580-3387, $13.99-$21.99. Theatre Lawrence, 1501Paul Mesner Puppets. Directed by Paul New Hampshire St, (785) 843-7469,Mesner. $8 for children; $10 for adults. www.theatrelawrence.comPMP Studio, 1006 E Linwood Blvd, (816) Quality Hill Playhouse235-6222, C On the Sunny Side of the Street Sep 21-Oct 21: 1 pm Thr; 8 pm University of Central Missouri Wed-Mon; 3 pm Sun Theatre & Dance Dept.* The American Economy may have been Armed Robbery for Dummies depressed in the 1930s, but American by Paul R. Roman music was anything but. Hard times Sep 13-15: 7:30 pm Thr-Sat produced timeless hits by George and Directed by Adam Hoffman. $1. Nickerson Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Dorothy Fields, Hall, BlackBox Theatre, University of Harold Arlen and more. Directed by J. Central Missouri, (660) 543-8811, Kent Barnhart. $32-Adults; $29-Seniors/ A Students. Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W Photo by umbRella gRouP aRts. 10th St, (816) 421-1700, www.QualityHillPlayhouse.com12 KCSTAGE Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament, And only herald to the gaudy spring,