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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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KC Film Commission urges mayor to restore film office | KCTV

It was a huge loss for the metro's filming community when the city forced the Kansas City Film Office to shut down. That was a decade ago. Now, the film office could come back if one casting director
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New play ‘The Session’ showcases women on the verge | KansasCity.com

New play ‘The Session’ showcases women on the verge | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Actor/playwright Harvey Williams, founder of Melting Pot KC, unveils a two-act drama about a diverse group of women in an anger management class. Williams is directing the show, anchored. by veterans Marilyn Lynch and Lynn King.
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Getting into the act: Stories behind this weekend's Busker Fest performers | LJWorld.com

Getting into the act: Stories behind this weekend's Busker Fest performers | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

On any given day, downtown Lawrence is dotted with street performers — a saxophone player performs on Massachusetts Street most afternoons and acts like mimes and guitarists can be found on a corner with a hat or jar asking for a tip. It isn’t often that you'll also come across a strongwoman, a fire eater, pogo acrobats and a stilt walker.

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The Lawrence Busker Festival kicks off tonight at the Granada in Lawrence | Pitch

The Lawrence Busker Festival kicks off tonight at the Granada in Lawrence | Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
A busker busking. Do any of our local buskers belong on a stage instead of a street corner?
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‘You’re Next’: Menace in Missouri - 2½ stars | KansasCity.com

‘You’re Next’: Menace in Missouri - 2½ stars | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Filmed in Columbia, the horror story “You’re Next” delivers thrills, if not logic.
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Filmed in Columbia, ‘You’re Next’ adds to slate of invasion films | Columbia Daily Tribune

Filmed in Columbia, ‘You’re Next’ adds to slate of invasion films | Columbia Daily Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
A home invasion thriller filmed in our own backyard, “You’re Next” doesn't turn the genre on its ear but plays much better than expected.
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The Rainmaker Promo | Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre of Kansas City presents "The Rainmaker". September 12 thru October 6. Starring Forrest Attaway as Bill Starbuck. Directed by Karen Paisley.

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'Mary Poppins' replaces 'Wizard of Oz' at TCT | cjonline.com

'Mary Poppins' replaces 'Wizard of Oz' at TCT | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Instead of a wicked witch landing on the main stage of Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy next summer, it will be a nanny who is practically perfect in every way.
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Birdhouse - Postlude - Part ii., by Virk Astroblab | Nathan Granner

from the album Virk: Future Organ vol. ii - Blau Islants
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On My Mind: Dancer Hayley Erbert | Ink

A Topeka woman is spending the summer after high school graduation competing on the national dance competition show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”
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Elena Cleaves's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:44 PM

Hayley Erbert was just a smalltown dancer in Topeka, and then I ended up watching her journey on So You Think You Can Dance and will be seeing her tour live. If she can do it, why can't I?!

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Screenland Armour's operators prepare for their first Arts & Crafts Festival and the next Crossroads theater | Pitch

Screenland Armour's operators prepare for their first Arts & Crafts Festival and the next Crossroads theater | Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
"It's crazy." Adam Roberts sounds almost short of breath as he says this and then disappears behind the bar at Screenland Armour.
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Kathy Hanis, owner of Entertainment Plus PR & Talent, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

Kathy Hanis, owner of Entertainment Plus PR & Talent, answers The Pitch's questionnaire | OffStage | Scoop.it
Name: Kathy Hanis Occupation: Owner of Entertainment Plus PR & Talent
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Blue Room celebrates birthdays of Count Basie, Charlie Parker with Vine Street Rumble | KansasCity.com

Blue Room celebrates birthdays of Count Basie, Charlie Parker with Vine Street Rumble | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

August is usually one of the slower months on the Kansas City jazz calendar. But it always offers at least two things to celebrate — the birthdays of Count Basie and Charlie Parker, two of the city’s best contributions to the world at large, not just the world of music.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/21/4423578/kansas-city-celebrating-jazz-greats.html#storylink=cpy
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Arts & Crafts Fest at Screenland Armour isn't your typical brewfest | KansasCity.com

Arts & Crafts Fest at Screenland Armour isn't your typical brewfest | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
What started off as a modest plan to showcase the theater and a fledgling local microbrewery turned into something else.
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Shawnee Mission East Theatre asks alumni to help record department history | Prairie Village Post

Shawnee Mission East Theatre asks alumni to help record department history | Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

SM East's Theatre department is putting out a call for alumni to help curate some history from its 55-year history. 

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Kansas City Ballet Launches Second Company | KCUR

Kansas City Ballet Launches Second Company | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Kansas City Ballet is joining other dance companies around the country – from Boston Ballet to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – by creating a second company.

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This is a good example of how large companies have to work with their dancers to create a strong group.  This also shows the developement of becoming a dance student to a professional dancer

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Meet The Buskers | KCUR

Meet The Buskers | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
So, a fire-eater, juggler, and a comedy-hypnotist-cowboy all walk into a radio studio. On the program today, there was a merry band of street performers
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A KC festival features the glories of French organ music | KansasCity.com

Cathedral launches a new festival, akin to the local Bachathon. Its spiffed-up organ, complete with French accents, will get a four-hour workout Sunday afternoon.
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"Zeus the God of Lightning" from ZEUS ON THE LOOSE! on Tour | The Coterie

A musical excerpt from ZEUS ON THE LOOSE!, a new musical receiving its World Premiere touring elementary schools in the Kansas City area January 22 - April 4, 2014, as part of The Coterie's 2013/2014 Season.

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a dancer’s 12 days of xmas | seveneightfive

a dancer’s 12 days of xmas | seveneightfive | OffStage | Scoop.it

Author Katherine Linquist, age 20, is a modern and contemporary dancer who has always enjoyed choreography and reading. She grew up just outside Topeka and is a dance major at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.  “Twelve-Day Christmas of Silverleene Forest” was born into a first draft eight years ago, during the Christmas season when Linquist was just 12 years old and had the idea of creating a dance production / book out of the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song.

 

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Warrior Weekend 2013: Sabine | Troupe Duende

Sabine dances to "Back It Up" by Caro Emerald at the Warrior Weekend show held at Nica's 320 Restaurant in Kansas City, MO on May 4, 2013.

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Birdhouse in Your Soul - part i, by Virk Astroblab | Nathan Granner

from the album Virk: Future Organ vol. ii - Blau Islants
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The Barn Players announces 'Spring Awakening' as next production | examiner.com

The Barn Players announces 'Spring Awakening' as next production | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Spring Awakening, the Tony Award winning rock musical comes next to The Barn Players’ Playhouse on weekends from Sept. 20-Oct. 6, rated R, and directed by Eric
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Famed Choreographer's Personal Papers Find New Home | KCUR

Famed Choreographer's Personal Papers Find New Home | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
Playbills from performances, snapshots of family and friends, and personal letters of the late choreographer Alvin Ailey are now housed at the Black
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