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There was no shortage of energy in the SM East gymnasium Monday as the girls basketball team took on Blue Valley North. That'll happen when you pack a room full of kindergarteners through eight graders pumped to put on a performance.
It's the time of year for giving and we want to give something back to our viewers! Day three we are sending you to the ballet! Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director, Devon Carney discusses one of Kansas City's longest standing traditions, the 41st annual production of "The Nutcracker".
As founder of The Friends of Chamber Music, Cynthia Siebert plans the organization’s season, much like preparing a multi-course meal that is mixed with decadent flavors. She has burgeoning artists whose fledgling careers are taking shape on the world stage to veterans whose deftness at their musical craft is second to none.
The enchanted tale of spells, beasts, and love took the stage in the form of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday December 10 at the Music Hall in Kansas City. Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions the play garnered nine Tony Award nominations, winning the Tony for Best Costume Design, and 10 Drama Desk nominations in 1994. Presented by the Theater League of Kansas City the non-equity production is part of the Broadway Across America series.
It is a wonderful, magical tale about looking beyond what is on the outside and finding the beauty within. Disney's timeless stage masterpiece Beauty and the Beast is sure to be a hit this holiday season.
When traditional holiday performances continue to meet public and critical success year after year, presenters may show understandable resistance to tinkering with them. The “if-it-ain’t-broke” cycle is of course partly about revenue stream, so one always moves forward with stealth.
Ring in the joy of the holiday season with the newest production at Musical Theatre Heritage and their Christmas show, A Spectacular Christmas, that previewed to a standing ovation and runs through Dec. 22 at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center.
With temperatures below freezing the Heartland Men’s Chorus Christmas program was aptly named Baby, It’s Cold Outside. The 28th season opened on Friday, December 6 at the Folly Theatre, in downtown Kansas City.
Brrrr.....the temperature fell to more than frigid, and, yes, baby, it’s cold outside; but inside Kansas City’s Folly Theater, the atmosphere is anything but chilling. As a matter of fact, it’s warm, inviting, and invigorating as the Heartland Men’s Chorus presents its annual holiday concert for the Christmas season, Baby It’s Cold Outside.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opened Dec. 12 at the Music Hall in downtown Kansas City to a near capacity crowd of excited youngsters of all ages and invited all present to sit back, enjoy, and, “Be Our Guest.”
Baby Boomers who grew up watching sitcoms like The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, and All in the Family get a nostalgic trip back to the past while watching Never Too Late at the New Theatre Restaurant this holiday season. George Wendt and his real-life spouse of 35 years, Bernadette Birkett, don't have to fake the chemistry between them in this 1960s era comedy, spruced up by director Dennis Hennessy. Their genuine affection for each other shines through all their squabbles onstage.
It's the dream of playwrights everywhere to see their words make the leap from the page to the stage. The Crossroads venue known as The Living Room is currently helping young writers build that bridge with a project called The Writer's Den.
The SantaLand Diaries written by David Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello opened at the Copaken Stage in the H&R Block building in downtown Kansas City. Produced by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and directed by Jerry Genochio this is the second holiday offering that the KC Rep has staged. A Christmas Carol starring Gary Neal Johnson as Scrooge continues at the Spencer Theatre through December 26.
More than 600,000 audience members in the Kansas City area have enjoyed Charles Dickens' literary classic performed by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre since the Rep began producing the holiday favorite in 1981. Fans of the show never seem to get tired of watching seasoned cast members (some who have been performing their roles for decades) portray some of the most over-the-top, larger-than-life characters who ever graced a stage: Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Fezziwig, and of course, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
The Barn Players of Mission, Kan. present their sixth annual 6X10 Play Festival at the theater located at 6219 Martway. The festival runs from Friday December 13 through Sunday December 16. Sunday is a matinee beginning at 2 p.m. while the evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.