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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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Shakespeare fest to stage 'Much Ado About Nothing' - cjonline.com

Shakespeare fest to stage 'Much Ado About Nothing' - cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
ST. MARYS - A few years ago, St. Marys businessman Ben Moats and his friends Eric Stevenson and Tim Akers, with whom Moats had worked at The Columbian Theater in Wamego, started talking about establishing a classical arts theater.
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Coterie’s ‘Red Badge Variations’ uses Civil War novel to look at young soldiers post-9/11 - KansasCity.com

Coterie’s ‘Red Badge Variations’ uses Civil War novel to look at young soldiers post-9/11 - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
War comes to the Coterie stage in the form of “Red Badge Variations,” playwright Melissa Cooper’s ambitious attempt to transform the essence of Stephen Crane’s classic novel about the Civil War into a tale of American soldiers in the here and now.
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Blue KC Receives National Award for Support of Starlight Theatre - infoZine

Blue KC Receives National Award for Support of Starlight Theatre - infoZine | OffStage | Scoop.it
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (blue Kc) Has Been Awarded the Star of Touring Broadway Award by the Broadway League for Its Work with Starlight Theatre.
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'Red Badge Variations' updates war novel 'Red Badge of Courage' to Afghanistan - examiner.com

'Red Badge Variations' updates war novel 'Red Badge of Courage' to Afghanistan - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Coterie’s World Premier of Red Badge Variations, an updated version of Stephen Crane’s classic The Red Badge of Courage, takes the tale from the Civil War Era to the War in Afghanistan and verifies the camaraderie among servicemen during times of war.

 

 

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On your feet: ‘Footloose’ the perfect show for director at right time | LJWorld.com

On your feet: ‘Footloose’ the perfect show for director at right time | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Cast members of the musical "Footloose" perform the finale for guests attending the Douglas County United Way's kickoff event for their 2013 campaign on Tuesday at Theatre Lawrence. The show officially opens Friday....

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Maples Rep Theatre | Paul Pepper

TODD DAVISON, Maples Rep Theatre, talks about a concert celebrating their 10th Season and their upcoming fall schedule!

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Theatre Lawrence kicks off season with high-spirited "Footloose: The Musical" - examiner.com

Theatre Lawrence kicks off season with high-spirited "Footloose:  The Musical" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Get ready to kick up your heels, dance, and go Footloose as Theatre Lawrence kicks off its 37th season with Footloose: The Musical, based on the popular movie of the same name, beginning Sept. 20.

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Coterie’s ‘Red Badge’ brings iconic story into modern world of war | KansasCity.com

Coterie’s ‘Red Badge’ brings iconic story into modern world of war | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Coterie Theatre produces the world premiere of Melissa Cooper’s “Red Badge Variations.” UMKC graduate acting student Logan Black, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, serves as consultant.
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Roy Wood Jr. brings the charm to KC Improv - KCLive.tv

Roy Wood Jr. brings the charm to KC Improv - KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

Known for his role on "Sullivan and Son", Roy Wood Jr. is taking to the stage in Kansas City, and this time it is un-scripted. We chat with Roy Wood Jr. where he dishes on everything from his love life, to where he finds comedy inspiration.

 
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A sit-down with Vanessa Severo #2 | Unicorn Theatre

A second in-depth look at Venus in Fur star, Vanessa Severo. Venus in Fur By David Ives Directed by Cynthia Levin Featuring Vanessa Severo and Rusty Sneary

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Ad Astra, Canady collaborate on new play | cjonline.com

Ad Astra, Canady collaborate on new play | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
"Hardtland," the latest work by award-winning playwright Darren Canady, will get its world premiere Thursday in the author's hometown of Topeka where the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble opens a four-show run of the family drama.
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"Zeus the God of Lightning" from Geek Mythology: I Was a Teenage Immortal | Coterie Theatre

A musical excerpt from GEEK MYTHOLOGY: I WAS A TEENAGE IMMORTAL, a new musical receiving its World Premiere touring middle and high schools in the Kansas City area

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'Romeo and Juliet' shows teenage passion amist family strife | examiner.com

'Romeo and Juliet' shows teenage passion amist family strife | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Romeo and Juliet, two teens hopelessly in love but separated by a family feud struggle against insurmountable forces to find peace and happiness in the timeless
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Theatre Lawrence opens season with energetic "Footloose--The Musical" - examiner.com

Theatre Lawrence opens season with energetic "Footloose--The Musical" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Footloose–The Musical, opened at Theatre Lawrence, (weekends Sept. 20 through Oct.6) and the familiar songs and sounds of the 1980s era movie musical came alive in the show that features a cast of young performers in the high energy production.

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A new perspective of war with the world premiere of 'Red Badge Variations' - examiner.com

A new perspective of war with the world premiere of 'Red Badge Variations' - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Like a land mine in Afghanistan, Red Badge Variations explodes onto the stage of the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City. The world premiere of the play written by Melissa Cooper and directed by Kyle Hatley opened the 35th season of the Coterie on Friday night. The play parallels the models of soldiers introduced in Stephen Crane’s classic Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. As thought-provoking as Cooper’s new play is, it does not try to take a pro or anti-pro position of the war.

 

 

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Carrie: The Musical is coming to Crown Center in October - examiner.com

Carrie:  The Musical is coming to Crown Center in October - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

From the same theatrical production company that brought you The Rocky Horror Show and Evil Dead: The Musical, comes a Halloween treat that should not be missed. Egads! Theatre Company brings to the stage of the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center, Carrie: The Musical, from the book by Lawrence D. Cohen. The play will run from October 4 to November 2.

 

 

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Blue Man Group gig brings alien sense of community to Columbia- Columbia Daily Tribune

Blue Man Group gig brings alien sense of community to Columbia- Columbia Daily Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
Columbia might not be Roswell, N.M., and maybe little green men aren't known to turn up here. Tuesday, however, a special landing is scheduled at Jesse Auditorium.
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'Red Badge Variations' Updates Classic Novel To Present Day Afghanistan | KCUR

'Red Badge Variations' Updates Classic Novel To Present Day Afghanistan | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
Between this month and next summer, The Coterie Theatre will unveil three world premieres, including a new play inspired by the classic novel The Red Badge
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The Coterie presents Red Badge Variations - A World Premiere Drama

RED BADGE VARIATIONS A National Endowment for the Arts award-winning World Premiere. Written by Melissa Cooper. Directed by Kyle Hatley.

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Hocker stages fractured fairy tale musical 'Shrek'

Hocker stages fractured fairy tale musical 'Shrek' | OffStage | Scoop.it

While it doesn’t take the hundreds of designers and technicians required to produce an animated feature film, staging a musical based on one requires lots of creative folks, too, said the director of the Helen Hocker Theater production of “Shrek".

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‘Singer-Songwriter’ Musical Revue showcases SM East theatre talent | Prairie Village Post

‘Singer-Songwriter’ Musical Revue showcases SM East theatre talent | Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

Readers, I have a fear.

And it is this: I’m afraid the unfortunate timing of last night’s torrential downpour may have dissuaded many from leaving the coziness of their homes. And I’m afraid that, by staying home, said persons ended up missing what was a truly impressive display of talent at the final staging of Shawnee Mission East’s 2013 Musical Revue.

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A sit-down with Vanessa Severo #3 | Unicorn Theatre

Have an in-depth look at Venus in Fur star, Vanessa Severo Venus in Fur By David Ives Directed by Cynthia Levin Featuring Vanessa Severo and Rusty Sneary 

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The world premiere of 'The Tallest Tree in the Forest' opens at the KC Rep | examiner.com

The world premiere of 'The Tallest Tree in the Forest' opens at the KC Rep | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
With Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James in the audience the 2013-2014 season of live theater erupted on Friday night, Sept. 6.
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Gruesome Playground Injuries | The Fishtank

The Fishtank Theater presents a play by Rajiv Joseph. Directed by Sidonie Garrett with Heidi Van & Chris Roady Performance dates September 28 - October 13 

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SM East Theatre department lifts curtain on 2013-14 season with ‘Musical Revue’ | Prairie Village Post

SM East Theatre department lifts curtain on 2013-14 season with ‘Musical Revue’ | Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

Shawnee Mission East’s Performing Arts Department is set to lift the curtain on a new year of performances when this year’s Musical Revue hits the stage for the first night of a three-night run tonight.

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