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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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Barn Players "Spring Awakening" review by eplatt228 | KC Stage Reviews

The first time you experience a show, you hope that you can somehow recapture that experience again and again. Spring Awakening presented by The Barn Players is truly a gem of community theatre.

 

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Warrior Weekend 2013: Mindy | Troupe Duende

Mindy dances to "Aicha" by Jeb Khaled at the Warrior Weekend show held at Nica's 320 Restaurant in Kansas City, MO on May 4, 2013.

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Gretchen Parlato bringing her intimate jazz voice to the Folly Theater - KansasCity.com

Gretchen Parlato bringing her intimate jazz voice to the Folly Theater - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Gretchen Parlato says she’s been singing since “the very beginning of my life.” But the journey to find her personal style, the style that’s taking her into the top ranks of jazz vocalists, took a very long time.
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Russell Patterson, Former Opera And Symphony Director, Dies At 85 | KCUR

Russell Patterson, artistic director of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for four decades, as well as one of its founders, died Wednesday, he was 85.
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University Theatre version of “Dracula” strives for more authenticity | Lawrence.com

If you want to play the title role in Dennis Christilles’ new adaptation of “Dracula,” you’d better be prepared not to have a lot of stage time.
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Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills show closes after 54 seasons - KansasCity.com

Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills show closes after 54 seasons - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The owners of the business, one of Branson’s key early attractions, cited rising insurance and production costs, declining crowds, and costs associated with the new federal health care law.
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Quality Hill scores TKO with barrage of consecutive hits in "Your Hit Parade" - examiner.com

Quality Hill scores TKO with barrage of consecutive hits in "Your Hit Parade" - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

An evening of jam-packed entertainment through music awaits all that attend the current production at Kansas City’s Quality Hill Playhouse for their show, Your Hit Parade, featuring the music of 1935-1957, from the radio and TV show.

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Harold Finch of Lee’s Summit inspires ‘Unlimited’ film, premiering next week - KansasCity.com

Harold L. Finch of Lee’s Summit, a former Apollo space program engineer who went on to become an entrepreneur and motiviational speaker, is the inspiration for a new faith-based movie, “Unlimited.”
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Screenland Crossroads: Details on the local theater chain's return to Kansas City's arts district - The Pitch

Screenland Crossroads: Details on the local theater chain's return to Kansas City's arts district - The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Screenland Crossroads' new location is official. The art house has announced plans to reopen at 1701 McGee in the spring of 2014.
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Top Five Reasons to Subscribe - KC Symphony

Subscribe to the Kansas City Symphony today! Visit our website: http://ow.ly/poUOD
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A Musical Exploration Of 'True Grit' - KCUR

A Musical Exploration Of 'True Grit' - KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

The National Endowment for the Arts started the initiative called The Big Read as a way to encourage reading. This year, for its Big Read selection, the Kansas City Public Library chose the novel True Grit.

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Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Brad Buchanan's 'Time Stands Still' - KBIA

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Brad Buchanan's 'Time Stands Still' - KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it
Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theater.This time, we bring you something a bit different from our normal classic stories -- an original
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Film festival gathers many promising cinematic voices | Columbia Daily Tribune

Film festival gathers many promising cinematic voices | Columbia Daily Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
An amazing celebration of creative independence, the 2013 Citizen Jane Film Festival is almost upon us.
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KC bandleader Vi Tran’s literary vision finds a sonic form - KansasCity.com

KC bandleader Vi Tran’s literary vision finds a sonic form - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
“American Heroine” is Vi Tran’s first full-length recording. Friday night, he and his band will celebrate its release with a show at the Kill Devil Club. It has been a work long in the making and one delayed by a cruel twist of fate.
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UMKC Theatre opens season with August Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars’ - KansasCity.com

UMKC Theatre opens season with August Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars’ - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The 1995 play, never produced professionally in Kansas City, depicts the return of blues musician Floyd Barton to his home after his release from jail. Meanwhile, The Living Room, Egads!
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Russell Patterson, a longtime pillar of KC opera, dies at age 85 - KansasCity.com

Russell Patterson, a longtime pillar of KC opera, dies at age 85 - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
He was a founder of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and its artistic director across four decades.
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Egads! Theatre Company Brings Fresh Blood To The Musical 'Carrie' - KCUR

Egads! Theatre Company Brings Fresh Blood To The Musical 'Carrie' - KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
While area theaters often stage shows with Christmas or Hanukkah themes around the year-end holidays, it seems October has taken a lesson from December.
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Behind the Curtain: Allegro Brillante | KC Ballet

Dancers Tempe Ostergren & Anthony Krutzkamp talk about their lead roles in George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, which is on our fall program, Oct. 11-20 at the Kauffman Center.

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Devon Carney Puts His Stamp On Kansas City Ballet - KCUR

Devon Carney Puts His Stamp On Kansas City Ballet - KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Kansas City Ballet's new artistic director, Devon Carney, begins his tenure with a world premiere. His work, Opus I, will open the ballet's season this month, and it provides a hint of the vision he has for the company.

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UMKC’s “Seven Guitars” is a disappointment - University News

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“Seven Guitars,” while filled with talented actors and boasting fantastic production value, ended up being a visually beautiful disappointment. No amount of design could solve problems with the script.  The play goes nowhere, circling around and around issues it never directly handles. more...

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Israeli Choreographer Talia Beck to Teach at University of Kansas This Fall | Northland Lifestyle

Israeli Choreographer Talia Beck to Teach at University of Kansas This Fall | Northland Lifestyle | OffStage | Scoop.it
Talia Beck, 33, an acclaimed Israeli dancer and choreographer, will bring her talents to the University of Kansas for a residency this upcoming fall
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Elena Cleaves's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:38 PM

Choreographers working with college students is a reoccuring theme--can work well for networking and building a reputation, especially with dance teachers from your own college. Rock Chalk!

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The Rainmaker weathers well at MET - The Pitch

The Rainmaker weathers well at MET - The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Are we defined by the way we see ourselves or by the way others see us? That's one of the questions inherent in N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker, now onstage at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.
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Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Stephen Leacock's 'Golden Dreams' - KBIA

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.
 In our continuing efforts to bring you nothing but the best in classic stories, we offer you an audio dramatization of an award winning story, "Golden Dreams," based on the writings of Stephen Leacock. Mr. Leacock is a bit vague about what award it might have won, but perhaps we can learn more from our protagonist, the professor. Let's turn it over to him, so he can tell you all about the book "Golden Dreams."

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