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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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Classically Contemporary | KC Studio

Classically Contemporary | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

The story of The Nutcracker has been around for almost 200 years. In the hands of the dancers and musicians with the Owen/Cox Dance Group, the fairy tale takes on a vibrancy of movement that captures tradition and melds it with whimsy and charm. Like ribbons of color and light, the performers find energy and fun in this avant-garde rendition.

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Topeka Symphony Orchestra's Eder to solo - cjonline.com

Topeka Symphony Orchestra's Eder to solo - cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Zsolt Eder, concertmaster of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, will get more time than usual in the spotlight when he solos at the ensemble's concert Saturday night.
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In This Scene... Eboni Fondren 'Ain't Misbehavin' At Spinning Tree Theatre

In this scene singer Eboni Fondren performs 'I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling' in Spinning Tree Theatre's production of 'Ain't Misbehavin' at Just Off Broadway...
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Performing Arts Series Presents "Letters Home" - University of Central Missouri

Performing Arts Series Presents "Letters Home" - University of Central Missouri | OffStage | Scoop.it

The award-winning Griffin Theatre Company brings its critically acclaimed production “Letters Home” to the University of Central Missouri at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Hendricks Hall.

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Opera singer Vinson Cole: KC voice rings famous bell - KansasCity.com

Opera singer Vinson Cole: KC voice rings famous bell - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
In his 30-year career, Cole has sung leading roles at La Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House in London and other legendary Old World venues, as well as their New World counterparts, including the Sydney Opera House and the Met.
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Tivoli Cinemas in Westport: Go Digital or Go Dark

Kansas City's oldest independent movie theatre must convert its projection systems by the end of the year to stay in business.
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George Wendt, Bernadette Birkett are friends, lovers - KansasCity.com

George Wendt, Bernadette Birkett are friends, lovers - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
George Wendt and Bernadette Birkett are living proof that a love affair can survive and flourish in a two-career show-business marriage.
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Local Listen: The Jorge Arana Trio - KCUR

Local Listen: The Jorge Arana Trio - KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Jorge Arana Trio offers an energetic and eclectic fusion of jazz, rock and funk that has gotten the attention of music lovers throughout Kansas City as a result of their take-no-prisoners live shows.

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Watching musical come to life a rare treat - Columbia Daily Tribune

There's nothing like being there at the creation.

Tom Andes, the house pianist for the past 18 years at Murry's and music instructor at Stephens College for the past eight years, is known throughout Central Missouri as a jazz pianist, but his reputation as a musical director and as a playwright grows daily.

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Sweeney Todd needs a little more sharpening in Lawrence - The Pitch

Sweeney Todd needs a little more sharpening in Lawrence - The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
There's no sugarcoating it: Stephen Sondheim is hard. And Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street might be the composer's most exacting show, requiring straight-razor musical precision.
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Paul Pepper: RTO Orchestra & Second Chance

Today Paul Pepper learns about Columbia's RTO Orchestra for adults from JEANNE LAMBSON. They're looking for viola and french horn players!

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'Queen of Clean Comedy' brings 'Girl Talk' to TPAC - cjonline.com

'Queen of Clean Comedy' brings 'Girl Talk' to TPAC - cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Years before she first guest-starred on the Grand Ole Opry, Chonda Pierce got her start imitating a Grand Ole Opry star, Minnie Pearl.
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Tivoli creates Kickstarter to keep theater from going dark - KSHB

Tivoli cinemas needs to raise a huge chunk of change in order to go digital and keep the movies playing in the theater.
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Behind the Scenes | KC Studio

The state of filmmaking and watching is an ever-moving target. There are the concerns about filmmakers, even those with heavy-hitting last names like Spielberg and Lucas, struggling to get Hollywood to back their projects. Then there are concerns that the studios are pricing themselves out of the market because they expect all cinema houses to have digital projectors. That in turn forces the theaters to charge $16 for a popcorn and soda combo. And if you want to catch a new release in the theater, do so on the first week because if the box office returns aren’t high enough, the film will have a short theater life and the hope is to capture those dollars in rentals, movie purchases and overseas distributors.

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Into the Night Sea - trailer

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The official sneak peek footage for Into the Night Sea. Into the Night Sea is a multimedia project navigating the unsettling world of childhood nightmares; a...
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Chestnut’s "Forever Plaid" production recalls pre-Beatles era - examiner.com

Chestnut’s "Forever Plaid" production recalls pre-Beatles era - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Jump back in time to that era with the Beatles were just getting started and ready to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, when Poodle skirts were things of the past, boy bands were just beginning to make headlines and crowd Elvis Presley from the top of the charts, and an up-and-coming group, Forever Plaid was ready to make their mark in the music industry.

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First time playwright gets world premiere - University News

Cynthia Hardeman, a senior at UMKC, is getting a taste of success with her first play, “Truth Stands,” receiving a world premiere at the Coppin State Repertory Stage.

Hardeman was always interested in theater, but had never explored the writing side before.

“This just opened a whole new world of theater for me,” Hardeman said.

It started with an introductory theater class at UMKC.

 

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State of the Union - Super Tease

State of the Union is a feature film written and directed by Bruce Branit currently in development at Lucamax pictures. For more information please contact info@lucamaxpictures.com.
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Preserve the Plaza in Ottawa -- Oldest Operating Theater in America

To convert the oldest operating theater in the America into an interactive historical experience for all to enjoy the magic of cinema
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Kansas City Funeral Home Becomes Unconventional Theatre Venue - KCUR

Kansas City Funeral Home Becomes Unconventional Theatre Venue - KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
Most theater productions comfortably nest in traditional, familiar venues, with a proscenium arch, a set taking up three walls, and the audience making up
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Michael Stern on Love, Death and Transfiguration - KC Symphony

This concert program includes Saint-Saens' Second Piano Concerto performed by Behzod Abduraimov, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet overture, plus Schumann and Strauss. Listen as Music Director Michael Stern breaks down the music. Call (816) 471-0400 to reserve your seats in Helzberg Hall. Visit www.kcsymphony.org for more details and tickets.

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Kansas City Actor Goes From Shakespeare To ‘House Of Cards’ - KCUR

Kansas City Actor Goes From Shakespeare To ‘House Of Cards’ - KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
In the Netflix series, House of Cards, actor Nathan Darrow, a native of Kansas City, plays Edward Meechum. It's an understated role, but he's the keeper
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