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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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Unicorn Theatre sets capital campaign goal to purchase building - examiner.com

Unicorn Theatre sets capital campaign goal to purchase building - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
To celebrate the 40th Season, (27 at the current location) The Unicorn Theatre launches a campaign to own the building and guarantee a permanent location for it
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Pay what you can being offered by the Unicorn Theatre - examiner.com

Pay what you can being offered by the Unicorn Theatre - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Pay What U Can, is what the Unicorn Theatre is calling the Tuesday and Wednesday night performances of Seminar, the second production of the 2013-14 season. Patrons will be allowed to pay what they can afford on those nights, “In an effort to break down social and economic barriers.” Seminar will be on the main stage of the Unicorn from October 16 through November 10.

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Child actress Hayley Podschun grows up, returns home with ‘Wicked’ - KansasCity.com

Child actress Hayley Podschun grows up, returns home with ‘Wicked’ - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Hayley Podschun, a one-time child performer who grew up in Overland Park, is co-headlining the second national tour of “Wicked,” the musical prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” which opens Wednesday at Music Hall.
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Audience interaction a trick of Topeka magician's trade - cjonline.com

Audience interaction a trick of Topeka magician's trade - cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Topeka native Curtis Sneden isn't the type of magician who performs a string of tricks and then packs up his wand, cards and scarves and heads home. He likes to frame his tricks with stories, audience interaction and a message.
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Chris Bowling - Columbia Daily Tribune

Chris Bowling - Columbia Daily Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
Games and theater are both intrinsic aspects of human culture and socialization and have developed with us from the time of our cave-dwelling ancestors into the digital age.
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"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" comes to The Barn Players Theatre - examiner.com

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" comes to The Barn Players Theatre - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Barn Players go all out with the next production, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, based on the unfinished novel by classic author, Charles Dickens with the musical running from Nov. 8 through 24.

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MoonDrop Circus 'Dreams Big' At First Fridays

MoonDrop Circus 'Dreams Big' At First Fridays | OffStage | Scoop.it

For the past two years the aerialists, jugglers, and musicians from Moondrop Circus have attracted audiences with their antics. Most months, the group gathers in the Crossroads Arts District amid the carnival atmosphere surrounding First Fridays, at 19th and Baltimore.

 

 

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Kansas City's The Living Room presents "Mistakes Madeline Made" - examiner.com

Kansas City's The Living Room presents "Mistakes Madeline Made" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The new production at The Living Room, The Mistakes Madeline Made gives audiences something to laugh about as the absurdity of the situation keeps getting more and more out of line as the story progresses.

 

 

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Egads! Theatrical Company scores a hit with 'Carrie: The Musical' - examiner.com

Egads! Theatrical Company scores a hit with 'Carrie:  The Musical' - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Egads! Theatrical Company stepped out of their customary productions on Oct. 4, with their opening of Carrie: The Musical at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center. Egads, generally known for the humorous and campy musicals such as Evil Dead: The Musical and the Rocky Horror Show, has proven with this production that they have a flare for the dramatic.

 

 

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UMKC Theatre opens season with August Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars’ - KansasCity.com

UMKC Theatre opens season with August Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars’ - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The 1995 play, never produced professionally in Kansas City, depicts the return of blues musician Floyd Barton to his home after his release from jail. Meanwhile, The Living Room, Egads!
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Egads! Theatre Company Brings Fresh Blood To The Musical 'Carrie' - KCUR

Egads! Theatre Company Brings Fresh Blood To The Musical 'Carrie' - KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
While area theaters often stage shows with Christmas or Hanukkah themes around the year-end holidays, it seems October has taken a lesson from December.
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UMKC’s “Seven Guitars” is a disappointment - University News

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“Seven Guitars,” while filled with talented actors and boasting fantastic production value, ended up being a visually beautiful disappointment. No amount of design could solve problems with the script.  The play goes nowhere, circling around and around issues it never directly handles. more...

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On My Mind: Hayley Podschun of 'Wicked' - Ink

The good witch of ‘Wicked’ plans a party, a KU game and lots of good food while she’s in her hometown.
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mollenkamp.brownaward

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Julie Mollenkamp, professor of theatre at the University of Central Missouri, received the 2013-14Wayne Brown Award for Outstanding Teaching at the annual Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri conference at the Lake of the Ozarks in September.

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Few missteps in Living Room’s production of ‘The Mistakes Madeline Made’ - KansasCity.com

Few missteps in Living Room’s production of ‘The Mistakes Madeline Made’ - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Meriwether’s “The Mistakes Madeline Made,” making its local debut in a crisp production at the Living Room, is a taut piece of seriocomic writing that wastes few words in its exploration of grief.
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Review: Columbian's 'Little Shop' offers pre-Halloween treat - cjonline.com

Review: Columbian's 'Little Shop' offers pre-Halloween treat - cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
WAMEGO - Those searching for a pre-Halloween treat with more goofiness than gore will find it in "Little Shop of Horrors," the musical comedy spoof of 1950s science-fiction movies playing through Oct.
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Egads! Theatre Company’s ‘Carrie’ is more a soap than a thriller - KansasCity.com

Egads! Theatre Company’s ‘Carrie’ is more a soap than a thriller - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Director Steven Eubank has built a reputation in Kansas City as the reigning king of camp, but theatergoers who check out “Carrie the Musical” looking for cheap laughs may be disappointed. The reason is simple: For this show Eubank plays it straight.
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The Barn Players announce 2014 season with big name shows - examiner.com

The Barn Players announce 2014 season with big name shows - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Barn Players announce their 2014 season, their 59 consecutive season, and it’s jam-packed with winning plays and musicals that will please a wide range of audiences.

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Poor Lear

A re-imagining of Shakespeare's King Lear. A homeless man enacts the roles in the main tragic story of a king who divides his kingdom between his three daughters and is thrown out of doors to face the elements with his fool and come to terms with his own mortality. Peformed by Alan Tilson, a member of the Core Acting company with Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. The show will benefit the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City and the Episcopal Community Services.

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Help quench Dracula's thirst with a blood drive at the Coterie Theatre - examiner.com

Help quench Dracula's thirst with a blood drive at the Coterie Theatre - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Dracula is always on the look-out for another satisfying meal of human blood. The Coterie Theatre and Community Blood Center, the primary supplier of blood for area hospitals will help satisfy that thirst with a blood drive on Saturday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drive will take place in the Coterie Lab, next to the box office on level one at Crown Center. A coupon for one free admission to any performance of Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker will be given to all that donate to this worthy cause.

 

 

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Unicorn Theatre produces dark comedy, "Seminar" - examiner.com

Unicorn Theatre produces dark comedy, "Seminar" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Adding to their 40th season and following the successful run of Venus in Fur, The Unicorn Theatre prepares to launch Seminar, a dark comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Redbeck where four New York City novelists sign up for a seminar with an international literary figure.

 

 

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Barn Players "Spring Awakening" review by eplatt228 | KC Stage Reviews

The first time you experience a show, you hope that you can somehow recapture that experience again and again. Spring Awakening presented by The Barn Players is truly a gem of community theatre.

 

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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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Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills show closes after 54 seasons - KansasCity.com

Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills show closes after 54 seasons - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The owners of the business, one of Branson’s key early attractions, cited rising insurance and production costs, declining crowds, and costs associated with the new federal health care law.
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