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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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University Theatre version of “Dracula” strives for more authenticity | Lawrence.com

If you want to play the title role in Dennis Christilles’ new adaptation of “Dracula,” you’d better be prepared not to have a lot of stage time.
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Theatre Lawrence opens season with energetic "Footloose--The Musical" - examiner.com

Theatre Lawrence opens season with energetic "Footloose--The Musical" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Footloose–The Musical, opened at Theatre Lawrence, (weekends Sept. 20 through Oct.6) and the familiar songs and sounds of the 1980s era movie musical came alive in the show that features a cast of young performers in the high energy production.

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On your feet: ‘Footloose’ the perfect show for director at right time | LJWorld.com

On your feet: ‘Footloose’ the perfect show for director at right time | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Cast members of the musical "Footloose" perform the finale for guests attending the Douglas County United Way's kickoff event for their 2013 campaign on Tuesday at Theatre Lawrence. The show officially opens Friday....

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Lawrence man creates violins in downtown shop | cjonline.com

Lawrence man creates violins in downtown shop | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Amos Hargrave uses a small handmade chisel to dig out two lines along the edge of the top of a violin he's making in his Lawrence studio.

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State arts grant boosts effort to purchase equipment, lights at new Theatre Lawrence | LJWorld.com

A $50,000 grant from the state will boost the second phase of fundraising for Theatre Lawrence’s new building, helping to fill it with updated equipment and tools.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission today announced a total of $350,000 in grants to nine organizations statewide, one of which was Theatre Lawrence.

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‘New York’ revisits 9/11, telling survivors’ stories | LJWorld.com

‘New York’ revisits 9/11, telling survivors’ stories | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Every now and again, a play comes along that is revealing not only in its subject matter but also in its performance. The writing of it and the performance of it open our eyes to things we only partially understood.

“This is a story I really wanted told,” says Patti Heiman, who’s directing Baker University’s new production of “New York.”

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This marching band plays Zappa and Pixies with only two trombones, not 76, on board | KansasCity.com

This marching band plays Zappa and Pixies with only two trombones, not 76, on board | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Tim Vaughn, a trombonist who grew up in Lee’s Summit, is part of the 12-member Asphalt Orchestra, a New York-based alt-marching band that will make its area debut Friday at the University of Kansas’ Lied Center.
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‘Mother%$!#hood’ back for comedic, musical look at moms | LJWorld.com

‘Mother%$!#hood’ back for comedic, musical look at moms | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Julie Dunlap is hoping the second time is even better than the first.

Not that the first time was bad.

“We sold out 10 days beforehand, and it was very well-received,” she says of her musical comedy, “Mother%$!#hood.”

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Israeli dancer to spend fall semester in residency at KU | LJWorld.com

Israeli dancer and choreographer Talia Beck will bring her talents to Kansas University this fall through a residency enabled by the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program.

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The Lawrence Busker Festival kicks off tonight at the Granada in Lawrence | Pitch

The Lawrence Busker Festival kicks off tonight at the Granada in Lawrence | Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
A busker busking. Do any of our local buskers belong on a stage instead of a street corner?
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Altos, tenors and train conductors | LJWorld.com

Hugo Vera wanted to give back.

“The city has a special place in my heart,” says the Kansas University alumnus, who is beginning his fifth season with New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

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Area talent bands together to make miniseries | Lawrence.com

Area talent bands together to make miniseries | Lawrence.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Recent Free State High School graduate Grace X. Oliver has spent her summer writing, planning, casting, filming and editing her own TV miniseries — with no budget.
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Dance company puts modern spin on old fairy tale | LJWorld.com

Dance company puts modern spin on old fairy tale | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

When Art In Motion Dance Company performs its take on Grimm Brothers’ “Snow White” on Friday, there won’t be seven dwarves and Snow White won’t be wearing a large gown like in Disney’s version of the fairy tale. The performance is the company’s own take of the well-known story, complete with modern music and costumes.

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Israeli Choreographer Talia Beck to Teach at University of Kansas This Fall | Northland Lifestyle

Israeli Choreographer Talia Beck to Teach at University of Kansas This Fall | Northland Lifestyle | OffStage | Scoop.it
Talia Beck, 33, an acclaimed Israeli dancer and choreographer, will bring her talents to the University of Kansas for a residency this upcoming fall
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Elena Cleaves's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:38 PM

Choreographers working with college students is a reoccuring theme--can work well for networking and building a reputation, especially with dance teachers from your own college. Rock Chalk!

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Performance art en pointe: Armitage's signature choreography meets social message in 'Fables' / LJWorld.com

Performance art en pointe: Armitage's signature choreography meets social message in 'Fables' / LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Karole Armitage — a classically trained ballerina whose first job was dancing with a company devoted to the repertory of George Balanchine — does consider her contemporary choreography to be ballet. But Armitage wasn’t dubbed the “punk ballerina” for nothing.

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Theatre Lawrence kicks off season with high-spirited "Footloose: The Musical" - examiner.com

Theatre Lawrence kicks off season with high-spirited "Footloose:  The Musical" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Get ready to kick up your heels, dance, and go Footloose as Theatre Lawrence kicks off its 37th season with Footloose: The Musical, based on the popular movie of the same name, beginning Sept. 20.

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Color commentary | LJWorld.com

Color commentary | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Russell Rink has been preparing to be a Blue Man his whole life.

“I’ve been a musician since the age of 4, and was always into weird theater, drums and trying to see how many grapes I can stuff into my mouth,” he said. “Now I get paid to do all of that.”

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Improv comedy troupe cultivates local actors' creativity | LJWorld.com

Improv comedy troupe cultivates local actors' creativity | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Marty Honig had always thrived on stage, but she hated memorizing lines.

So when she found local improvisational comedy troupe the Roving Imps, she was hooked. With improv, she no longer worries about forgetting what to say; the comedic acting style made popular by the television show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” is completely unscripted.

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Mother%$!#Hood brings the humor of motherhood to the stage | KCLive.tv

Mother%$!#Hood brings the humor of motherhood to the stage | KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

Mother%$!#Hood, a musical that follows three very different moms from their pregnancy tests to their empty nests, is coming to Lawrence, KS the last weekend in August and the first in September. Watch the video in the play above for a preview, highlights and behind-the-scenes stories from the creators Julie Dunlap and Sarah Stotts.  

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Getting into the act: Stories behind this weekend's Busker Fest performers | LJWorld.com

Getting into the act: Stories behind this weekend's Busker Fest performers | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

On any given day, downtown Lawrence is dotted with street performers — a saxophone player performs on Massachusetts Street most afternoons and acts like mimes and guitarists can be found on a corner with a hat or jar asking for a tip. It isn’t often that you'll also come across a strongwoman, a fire eater, pogo acrobats and a stilt walker.

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Arts Center signs big names to its first National Advisory Board | LJWorld.com

As the Lawrence Arts Center looks to expand its reach in terms of audience and financial support, leaders hope a team of big names from the region and beyond can help. The Arts Center on Friday announced members of its first National Advisory Board.

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Hooked on square dancing | Lawrence.com

Hooked on square dancing | Lawrence.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Look at the clusters of faces as they spin back and forth, and one thing stands out: There’s a big smile on every one. That tends to happen when you square dance, say members of Lawrence’s Happy Time Squares.
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Lawrence Opera Theatre announces upcoming performances | Lawrence.com

“Tales of Love, Forgiveness and Redemption” is the theme for Lawrence Opera Theatre’s fourth annual season, taking place this month in Lawrence.

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