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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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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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Deborah Brown sings ‘Great American Songbook’ with Kansas City Jazz Orchestra - KansasCity.com

Two of America’s greatest cultural exports are jazz and the American musical, and like the ubiquitous melting pot, the forms meld together and influence each other.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/09/21/4497783/deborah-brown-sings-great-american.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

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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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Kansas City’s art deco heritage inspired opera designer - KansasCity.com

Kansas City’s art deco heritage inspired opera designer - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Production designer Victoria Tzykun, a multi-threat artist who has designed sets and costumes for stage and film, discusses her art deco-inspired scenic design and contemporary-yet-timeless costumes for the Lyric Opera production of “The Capulets and Montagues"

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Arts Center announces new dance director / LJWorld.com

The Lawrence Arts Center has announced that Hanan Misko will be its new dance school director, starting Wednesday.

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Cultural Affairs chief strives to add to the arts - Columbia Daily Tribune

JJ Musgrove is not one to leave a place or group of people the way he found it.
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Passionate, psychological ‘Capulets and Montagues’ features hometown diva Joyce DiDonato - KansasCity.com

Passionate, psychological ‘Capulets and Montagues’ features hometown diva Joyce DiDonato - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Lyric Opera’s production of “The Capulets and the Montagues” is not a love story. Rather, it is a message: in war, we are all victims.
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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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'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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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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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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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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Performance art en pointe: Armitage's signature choreography meets social message in 'Fables' / LJWorld.com

Performance art en pointe: Armitage's signature choreography meets social message in 'Fables' / LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Karole Armitage — a classically trained ballerina whose first job was dancing with a company devoted to the repertory of George Balanchine — does consider her contemporary choreography to be ballet. But Armitage wasn’t dubbed the “punk ballerina” for nothing.

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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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Folly Theater celebrates history, rebound | KMBC

The Folly Theater, which opened in 1900 and barely avoided a wrecking ball in the 1970s, is a landmark for entertainment in downtown Kansas City.
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Entries Sought for 2014 Show Me Justice Film Festival | UCM

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 Show Me Justice Film Festivalat the University of Central Missouri planned for April 10-12, 2014.

This is the fourth year for the festival, which will be held in conjunction with Social Justice Week and the Foreign Language Film Festival on the UCM campus. The Show Me Justice Film Festival is an international festival that brings films from around the world to the Midwest to showcase the theme of social justice.

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Rare appearances highlight a packed weekend of jazz in KC - KansasCity.com

Rare appearances highlight a packed weekend of jazz in KC - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra has established a reputation for excellence. And they’re ready to demonstrate it all over again under new musical director Clint Ashlock in a concert season starting Friday.
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Extras sought for ‘Gone Girl’ movie filming in Cape Girardeau, Mo. - KansasCity.com

Casting calls are Thursday, Friday and Saturday for those who want to appear in the Ben Affleck movie, which is based on a novel by Kansas City native Gillian Flynn.
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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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Kan. rancher's frontier town works as film, TV set - KansasCity.com

Robert "Cowboy" Culbertson seems to blend into the surroundings of the western/frontier town he and others have built on his 80-acre ranch northwest of Easton.
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