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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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Festival Thoughts | kcjazzlark

I was mad.

The festival was promoted as starting at 3:00. At 3:00, people were in the park, waiting for it to start.

But the time had slipped well past 3:00, to 3:10, maybe 3:15. The first band was ready to go on. And we were waiting for the Mayor of Prairie Village to find his way to the stage to make opening remarks.

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Missouri Composers Orchestra Project seeks recent works for performance in March | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

Missouri Composers Orchestra Project seeks recent works for performance in March | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it
Missouri Composers Orchestra Project seeks recent works for performance in March
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Help save the I-70 and Midway drive-ins | The Pitch

Help save the I-70 and Midway drive-ins | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Drive-ins are facing a looming digital threat. Starting next year, Hollywood studios will cease producing 35 mm film prints and convert completely to digital projection.
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Chit-Chat with Cynthia Levin, Director of Venus in Fur | Unicorn Theatre

A chit-chat with Unicorn Theatre's Producing Artistic Director and Director of Venus in Fur, Cynthia Levin.

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KC Rep’s ‘The Tallest Tree in the Forest’ equally impressive, frustrating | KansasCity.com

KC Rep’s ‘The Tallest Tree in the Forest’ equally impressive, frustrating | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Ambitious and unwieldy, actor/playwright Daniel Beaty’s attempt to distill the life of Paul Robeson in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest” is composed of fascinating parts without achieving a satisfying whole.
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Resplendently silly 'Spamalot' playing at Topeka Civic Theatre | cjonline.com

Resplendently silly 'Spamalot' playing at Topeka Civic Theatre | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
And now for something completely different . Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy stages "Monty Python's Spamalot.
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Auburn Community Theater stages 'Jesus Christ Superstar' | cjonline.com

Before it was staged as a Broadway musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar" was performed in concert, which is sort of how Auburn Community Theater will present it in a five-show run that opens Friday.

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In This Scene...'The Merchant of Venice' | KCUR

In This Scene...'The Merchant of Venice' | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

In this scene from the Alcott Arts Center's production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Bassanio (Aaron Gotzon), with borrowed money, plans to woo the wealthy Portia. Gratiano (Khalid Johnson) implores Bassanio to allow him come along.

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Folk Singers Cathy and Dave | Paul Pepper

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back our favorite local folk singing duo CATHY and DAVE. They perform "Wild Rose of the Mountain" on the banjo and guitar. 

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Fishtank Performance Studio stages "Gruesome Playground Injuries" | examiner.com

Fishtank Performance Studio stages "Gruesome Playground Injuries" | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Fishtank Performance Studio, an intimate 30-seat venue, mounts the production of 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Rajiv Joseph’s play, Gruesome Playground In
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In KC as Romeo this month, Joyce DiDonato remains on top of the opera world | KansasCity.com

In KC as Romeo this month, Joyce DiDonato remains on top of the opera world | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The homegrown mezzo-soprano reprises her role in Bellini’s tale of Capulets and Montagues. The KC Lyric Opera production also stars acclaimed soprano Nicole Cabell, and, with a modernized style and setting, it resonates in a world of war.
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Pop Tarts by Kendal Sinn

A widower invites in a stranger for one last breakfast. An episode of "Withered World: An End of the World web series" www.witheredworld.tv Written and Directed…
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SPECTRA: A Nomadic Platform for Experimental Film + Video, launches Sept 24 | Charlotte Street

SPECTRA: A Nomadic Platform for Experimental Film + Video, launches Sept 24 | Charlotte Street | OffStage | Scoop.it

SPECTRA: A Nomadic Platform for Experimental Film and Video is a new Kansas City initative to bring contemporary moving image artworks by regional, national and international artists to local screens.

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Expect cloudburst as "The Rainmaker" thunders onto Kansas City stage | examiner.com

Expect cloudburst as "The Rainmaker" thunders onto Kansas City stage | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Metropolitan Ensemble Theater thunders into its new season of classics with the timeless tale of a con man stirring up trouble and dust during the Dust Bowl
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Two biographies flesh out the life and legend of Charlie Parker | KansasCity.com

Two biographies flesh out the life and legend of Charlie Parker | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

From the streets of Kansas City to the birth of bebop in New York, Charlie “Bird” Parker took an often-troubling road to artistic success, as chronicled in two new biographies.

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Olathe Civic Theatre offers 'Company' to initialize 40th season | examiner.com

Olathe Civic Theatre offers 'Company' to initialize 40th season | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Mix together a middle aged single man, a bevy of married friends, some occasional girlfriends, then stir the pot. Add some music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
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A Moises Kaufman World Premiere Opens Kansas City Rep's 2013-'14 Season | Broadway World Reviews

A Moises Kaufman World Premiere Opens Kansas City Rep's 2013-'14 Season | Broadway World Reviews | OffStage | Scoop.it
With the excitement over the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'Dream' speech quietly receding from the national stage, it might be a good time to examine the life of another twentieth century human rights giant.
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State arts grant boosts effort to purchase equipment, lights at new Theatre Lawrence | LJWorld.com

A $50,000 grant from the state will boost the second phase of fundraising for Theatre Lawrence’s new building, helping to fill it with updated equipment and tools.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission today announced a total of $350,000 in grants to nine organizations statewide, one of which was Theatre Lawrence.

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Jazz great Allyson comes home to sing | cjonline.com

Jazz great Allyson comes home to sing | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Internationally renowned chanteuse Karrin Allyson returns to the capital of her home state this weekend to perform the second concert of the Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc.'s 45th season of jazz concerts.
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Love and tragedy propel Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" at Just Off Broadway | examiner.com

Love and tragedy propel Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" at Just Off Broadway | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Head to Just Off Broadway Theater to see Shakespeare’s most well loved and performed tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet.

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'Ol' Blue Eyes' show illuminates and remembers Sinatra's career | examiner.com

'Ol' Blue Eyes' show illuminates and remembers Sinatra's career | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

For those who like Frank Sinatra and his music, a trip to see Ol’ Blue Eyes, the new production that opened Sept. 12 at The Chestnut Fine Arts Center, means hearing his most famous songs performed in his own distinct style.

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Mizzou New Music Ensemble to open 2013-14 season on Friday, October 11 at Whitmore Recital Hall | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to open 2013-14 season on Friday, October 11 at Whitmore Recital Hall | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it
Mizzou New Music Ensemble to open 2013-14 season on Friday, October 11 at Whitmore Recital Hall
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