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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.
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....
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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