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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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Laugh Lines offers made-to-order comedy at TCT | cjonline.com

Laugh Lines offers made-to-order comedy at TCT | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Laugh Lines will end another season of made-to-order comedy this weekend at Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy.
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Music abounds as concert series seasons start | cjonline.com

Music abounds as concert series seasons start | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The start of new seasons for three concert series, a blues competition, a homecoming show and stops by a couple of national touring acts will make this a musically rich weekend in Topeka.

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Ugandan Orphans Choir to perform at library | cjonline.com

Ugandan Orphans Choir to perform at library | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Through their drumming, singing and dancing, the Ugandan Orphans Choir draws attention to the plight of hungry children in the developing world.
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Girls behave beyond badly in Ad Astra's 'Bachelorette' | cjonline.com

Girls behave beyond badly in Ad Astra's 'Bachelorette' | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Not girls behaving badly nor mean girls nor even girls gone wild begins to describe the outrageous and malicious behavior of a trio of single 20-somethings in "Bachelorette," the acid comedy being staged through Saturday by the Ad Astra Theatre...
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New maestro plans season to showcase Topeka Symphony | cjonline.com

New maestro plans season to showcase Topeka Symphony | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Although Kyle Wiley Pickett's inaugural season as conductor of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra will include performances featuring a pianist and woodwind player he describes as the best with whom he has performed, the new maestro said he intends the 2013-14 concerts to showcase the talents of the orchestra.

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Auburn Community Theater stages farce-within-a-farce | cjonline.com

Auburn Community Theater stages farce-within-a-farce | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

"Noises Off," the comedy the Auburn Community Theater opens Friday, is a three-act farce, but each act is the first act of the same play-within-a-play.

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Marvelous 'Les Miz' could sell out 20-show Topeka Civic Theatre run | cjonline.com

Marvelous 'Les Miz' could sell out 20-show Topeka Civic Theatre run | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy will close its 77th season in grand fashion beginning Friday with 56 actors staging "Les Miserables," the world's most-popular musical.
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Ballet Folklorico de Topeka alumni to dance with troupe | cjonline.com

Ballet Folklorico de Topeka alumni to dance with troupe | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Although most people only see Ballet Folklorico de Topeka dancing at the annual Fiesta Mexicana, its members rehearse year round, preserving the traditional dances of Mexico and introducing them to new generations of youths.
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Hocker Theater presents 'Fools' you should suffer gladly | cjonline.com

Hocker Theater presents 'Fools' you should suffer gladly | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
In the Russian town where Neil Simon set his comic fable "Fools," everyone is the village idiot.
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Movie to start filming in early July in Lecompton | cjonline.com

Filmmaker Dan Ginavan maneuvered a crane-mounted video camera to pan in on actress Natalie Jensen as she stood on the stage of the theater in the old Lecompton High School building.

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Theater campers wrap up session with Gage Park shows | cjonline.com

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Up-and-coming actors from ages 5 to 13 ended the first session of Helen Hocker Theater camps Friday in true show business fashion by performing for audiences.
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Arts advocate says decision by Commerce will delay funding for Kansas arts organizations | LJWorld.com

The battle over state funding of the arts in Kansas continued today.

An arts advocate criticized a move by the Kansas Department of Commerce to roll over $400,000 in state arts funds into the next two fiscal years.

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Cheers! 'Dale Easton's "The Drunkard"' returns | cjonline.com

Cheers! 'Dale Easton's "The Drunkard"' returns | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
He's back and sloshed as ever.
"Dale Easton's 'The Drunkard'," the longest running stage play in Topeka history, will add six more performances to its record book when ARTS Inc.
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'Miss Daisy' drives downtown into Break Room | cjonline.com

'Miss Daisy' drives downtown into Break Room | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Break Room's production of "Driving Miss Daisy" puts veteran Topeka producer, director and award-winning actress Karen Hastings in the back seat with well-known artist and actor Dane Shobe behind the steering wheel in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer-winning play.

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TCT youth bring Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to stage | cjonline.com

TCT youth bring Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to stage | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

A youth cast of 30 will tell a few of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" with most of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" when Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy stages "Tom Sawyer," Lawrence playwright Ric Averill's stage adaptation of the Mark Twain material.

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Allyson among greats in 45th Topeka Jazz Workshop series | cjonline.com

Allyson among greats in 45th Topeka Jazz Workshop series | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Karrin Allyson, an internationally known jazz vocalist who has earned four Grammy Award nominations, will return to the area where her star first began to rise when she performs a show as part of the 45th Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc.
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Today's teens play '50s high schoolers in 'Grease' | cjonline.com

Today's teens play '50s high schoolers in 'Grease' | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Bath House Players troupe of high school-aged actors, singers and dancers will turn back the clock more than 50 years to portray the students of Rydell High School in the 1950s-set musical "Grease, School Version" playing weekends through Aug.
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Symphony's new conductor promises 'no boring concerts' | cjonline.com

Symphony's new conductor promises 'no boring concerts' | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Kyle Wiley Pickett, the new music director and conductor of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, promised in his inaugural season "there will be no boring concerts.
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Music acts flavor Fiesta's closing nights | cjonline.com

Music acts flavor Fiesta's closing nights | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Those attending the final two nights of the 80th anniversary Fiesta Mexicano will see on stage some well-known names in Tejano music.
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Cast of Topeka Civic Theatre's 'Les Miserables" includes 56 actors | cjonline.com

Cast of Topeka Civic Theatre's 'Les Miserables" includes 56 actors | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Out of more than 160 people who auditioned for a role in Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy's debut production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Les Miserables," director Shannon J. Reilly and his production team skimmed the cream and cast 56.
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Acrobats to perform amazing people tricks at TPAC | cjonline.com

Acrobats to perform amazing people tricks at TPAC | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Centuries before Cirque du Soleil became the international must-see show, acrobats in China were perfecting the amazing skills the Quebec-based entertainment franchise incorporates into its highly produced spectaculars.
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Laboring arts board earmarks $58,000 for eight projects | cjonline.com

Laboring arts board earmarks $58,000 for eight projects | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The state's commerce secretary banked more than half the $700,000 earmarked this past year for sponsorship of creative endeavors in Kansas.

Secretary Pat George — in collaboration with the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback — ordered $400,000 of the appropriation to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission be saved and reallocated during the next two fiscal years.

 

 

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Review: 'Pageant Play' a satirical success | cjonline.com

A spoof on the bizarre world of toddler beauty pageants, Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy's "Pageant Play" is the equivalent of a summer beach read. Grab a martini, relax and enjoy a night of mindless entertainment.
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Washburn's 'Quake' full of fault lines, funny lines | cjonline.com

Washburn's 'Quake' full of fault lines, funny lines | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Described by critics as "quirky," award-winning playwright Melanie Marnich's "Quake" features a young woman who is on a coast-to-coast quest for "the Big Love" while getting advice from an astrophysicist turned serial killer who murders the men who disappoint her in relationships.

 

 

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Topeka Civic Theatre's 'Pageant Play' satirizes world of toddler beauty contests | cjonline.com

Topeka Civic Theatre's 'Pageant Play' satirizes world of toddler beauty contests | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Unlike what sometimes happens in the real world of child beauty pageants, no little girls are harmed physically - or emotionally - in the production of "Pageant Play" at Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy.
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