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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.
The Shawnee Choral Society, a 74-voice community chorus, will celebrate the holiday season with “Making Seasons Bright,” a concert Monday night that will open with Benjamin Britten’s multi-movement “A Ceremony of Carols” and close with lighter Christmas fare.
While most of the theaters in Kansas City are enjoying runs of a holiday nature, the Unicorn Theatre stepped away from the norm to bring audiences Clybourne Park. Written by Bruce Norris and directed by Joseph Price the show opened Saturday on the main stage. Co-produced by the UMKC Theatre Department and utilizes students from UMKC behind the scenes and on stage. The work by Norris won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award for Best New Play is a comedic look at race, prejudice, and perceived loyalty.
If you are a fan of classical performance, opportunities were abundant this past weekend in Columbia. Classical music patrons had performances to choose from by the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, the Missouri Symphony Societies' Holiday Home Tour, The Columbia Chorale with the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony at the Missouri Theatre. That we should we be so rich in classical performance every weekend.
Each member holds different titles in life from doctors, to teachers to artist, but one thing they have in common they can sure sing. Kansas City Women's Chorus performs holiday classic "Winter Wonderland of Snow."
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.
For a fun theater outing, Santaland Diaries now playing in downtown Kansas City offers attendees a look at the life of one of Santa’s elves, Crumpet, during the holiday season leading up to Christmas at the storied Macy’s Department Store in New York City.
Racism--pure, but certainly not simple, sums up the newest production, Clybourne Park, now showing at Kansas City’s Unicorn Theatre. Clybourne Park starts quietly, until it builds to a crescendo and the gloves come off for a battle royale, complete with many huge laughs.