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OffStage is a compilation of all the performing arts news for the Kansas City region, including Topeka, Lawrence, and Columbia. For our calendar of show and audition listings, magazine archives, and a whole lot more visit www.kcstage.com
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A Tour of Kansas City | Bottoms Up Comedy

https://www.facebook.com/BottomsUpSketchComedy We want to help locals and out-of-towners alike to become better acquainted with Kansas City. Written by Emerson Rapp
Shot and Edited by Drew Martin @ Madcapp Studios
Starring Jaime Blum, Ken Koval, and Emerson Rapp
Making his debut appearance Braedon Koval

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Focus On KC Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney | KC Independent

Focus On KC Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney | KC Independent | OffStage | Scoop.it

It must be an exciting time to be Devon Carney. After a long career that included distinguished stints as principal dancer for Boston Ballet and as associate artistic director at Cincinnati Ballet, the 53-year-old dancer/choreographer is now faced with his biggest challenge: to lead the Kansas City Ballet into a new era, one in which there seem to be no limits. “It’s a big responsibility and I take it seriously,” says Carney, who assumes his post as artistic director on July 1st. Our recent conversation ranged widely, from his plans for a second company at KCB to his goal of presenting more full-length ballets (and yes, a new Nutcracker). Meanwhile he and his wife, dancer Pamela Royal Carney, are looking for a place to live in a city they’re excited about. Below is a transcript of portions of our conversation.

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Really big show | LJWorld.com

Really big show | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

There are a lot of words that could describe Theatre Lawrence’s new $7.2 million building at 4660 Bauer Farm Drive: beautiful, impressive, exciting. But there’s one that does it best. Big.

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The life and times of John Williams "Blind" Boone | Intersection

The Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz festival is in Columbia this week and runs through Tuesday. An annual affair since 1991, the festival pays tribute to one of the early pioneers of what would eventually become Ragtime music. Audiences may recall John William “Blind” Boone as one of Columbia’s most famous sons, but who was he really?

 

 

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Bank of America Celebration at the Station Part II

Filmed and broadcasted by KCPT.
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T2 Studios puts digital graphics in high gear for events | KansasCity.com

T2 Studios puts digital graphics in high gear for events | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Technology drives energetic animations and experiential design at KC video production firm.
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KC theater community laments closing of American Heartland in August | KansasCity.com

KC theater community laments closing of American Heartland in August | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
With the loss of a for-profit company that has given work to most of the professional actors based in Kansas City, the local theater economy won’t be the same. “It’s going to leave an incredible hole.
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Seven who sing - KansasCity.com

Seven who sing - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
In the last few years an exceptional crop of young actresses who happen to be outstanding singers has emerged; they can act but some are such good vocalists they rarely appear in nonmusicals.
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Father And Son On Stage At Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival | KCUR

Father And Son On Stage At Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

This year, in its 21st season, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents the romantic comedy, As You Like It. The production features conflicts between brothers, and a circuitous path to love.

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Black Hand Strawman: Terence O'Malley | KC Library

Author and filmmaker Terence O'Malley presents a veritable "Hood's Who" of Kansas City's Black Hand/Mafia/Cosa Nostra, an inglorious yet persistently fascinating element of Kansas City's organized crime history.

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Focus on KC Symphony Director Michael Stern | KC Independent

Focus on KC Symphony Director Michael Stern | KC Independent | OffStage | Scoop.it

One of the exciting things about living in Kansas City through the last decade has been the chance to see the Kansas City Symphony claim its place in the community as a world-class institution alongside the Nelson-Atkins and Kemper Museums, the Harriman-Jewell and Friends of Chamber Music Series the KC Rep and Unicorn Theatres and the Lyric Opera and KC Ballet. Yes, the Kauffman Center has had much to do with the upward trajectories specifically of its resident organizations, but at the Symphony one man has headed up a powerful team that has remained unflinching in its pursuit of excellence.

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As American Heartland Theatre Winds Down, Debra Bluford Reflects On Her Career There | KCUR

As American Heartland Theatre Winds Down, Debra Bluford Reflects On Her Career There | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
New theater companies and performance spaces are increasingly popping up in Kansas City. So when the American Heartland Theatre announced it was closing
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Octarium Looks Back On A Decade Of Blending Eight Voices Into One | KCUR

Octarium Looks Back On A Decade Of Blending Eight Voices Into One | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
The signature style of the vocal group Octarium is eight singers, blended into one voice. After a decade of performances, this weekend marks the group's
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performARTS: Jewish Community Center's White Theatre | The Local Show

Jewish Community Centers sprang up in many American cities around the turn of the 20th century, in part because Jews were excluded from other organizations. ...
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