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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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Jelly Rose - KC Fringe Festival review by savilaart | KC Stage Reviews

Okay, I had no idea what I was getting into and I did not expect much at all. All I knew was a co-worker went on and on about a teenage girl that was an amazing performer/singer and that she was way beyond her years in talent and style. Wow, that proved to be a gross understatement. I am so happy I went through the trouble of by-passing my home and stopping at a fast food joint to grab a burger before heading over to the La Esquina to see a teenage performer, Jelly Rose. more...

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Gladstone Theater in the Park rekindles The Music Man for Aug. show | examiner.com

Gladstone Theater in the Park rekindles The Music Man for Aug. show | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

It’s summertime in River City, IA and the kids are out of school, the Fourth of July is almost here, the city plans a fireworks display, a picnic, a festival and a crazy traveling salesman just came to town selling something no one wants or needs–band instruments and uniforms–and all hell is about to break loose in song and dance as Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man comes to the Gladstone Community Theater in the Park.

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Radio Bach is Back! | The Local Show

Randy Mason is joined by Patrick Neas and Emily Behrmann to discuss the recent launch of Radio Bach. Neas, classical music's morning voice in Kansas City for many years with KXTR, and Behrmann, general manager of Johnson County Community College's Carlsen Center, talk about this new media partnership and how the internet radio idea got started.

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Shakespeare Camp Encourages Girls To Find Their Own Voices | KCUR

Shakespeare Camp Encourages Girls To Find Their Own Voices | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

For 18 of its 21 seasons, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has been running summer camps for kids in conjunction with the play or plays in Southmoreland Park.

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Rebranded jazz festival is returning this fall | KansasCity.com

The American Jazz Museum announced that the former Rhythm and Ribs Festival will return Oct. 12 as Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival.
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Paul Wilson: Rapp Star ‘Tour of Kansas City’ Viral Video | KC Confidential

Paul Wilson: Rapp Star ‘Tour of Kansas City’ Viral Video | KC Confidential | OffStage | Scoop.it

Over the weekend I came across the video Tour of Kansas City and immediately shared it with friends and posted it on my Facebook page…

It was the single most creative thing I’d come across in some time, especially when you consider that it was something produced by one of us and for us here in KC.

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Devin Keast, In Spite of What You May Have Heard - KC Fringe Festival review by alanskoalas | KC Stage Reviews

This was referred to as "spoken word" by another reviewer, which it is not. It is storytelling, with humor used as the delivery mechanism. Devin tells the story of his search for love with a girl he met while riding a bus to the KC Fringe in 2009 and what has happened since. I won't tell you more, so as to avoid spoiling the ending for you. Devin did a good job of incorporating humor into his story. I saw this show because I am friends with Devin. I normally stick with the shows that are drama and drama with comedy, focused on social justice issues. It is very hard to rate this show, having to compare it with a totally different type of shows that I normally see. Compared to other shows of this type, I would rate it a strong "4." Compared to the type of shows that I normally see, I would rate it a "3."

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The Submarine Show - KC Fringe Festival review by alanskoalas | KC Stage Reviews

This play is about two guys on a submarine that is in distress. It is all mime. I must confess I have never cared for mime and was never good at charades. Hence, I did not enjoy this show at all. However, I guess this play was loved by most. The house was nearly sold out. The play involved almost constant audience interaction and elicited almost continuous laughter. My friend loved it when one of the guys sat on his lap!! LOL Go see this play if it is the type of play you like. Based on audience reaction, it must be good. If it is not your type of play, don't waste your time. To many other shows to pick from.

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To Make It Right challenges gay issues in hour production for KC Fringe Festival | examiner.com

To Make It Right challenges gay issues in hour production for KC Fringe Festival | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

A brand-new play, by Kelly Adrian, To Make It Right, debuts this week at the Kansas City fringe Festival through July 26 at The Unicorn Theatre, will and tells the story of a gay ex-seminarian named Josiah who returns home to face a choice at his cousin’s funeral.

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Lyric Opera of Kansas City Appoints New Board & Staff Members | Broadway World

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Appoints New Board & Staff Members | Broadway World | OffStage | Scoop.it
Lyric Opera of Kansas City today announced key appointments to the Company's Board of Trustees and senior staff, according to Deborah Sandler, General Director and CEO.
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Jerry Springer appearance in play leads to boycott threat | The Pitch

Jerry Springer appearance in play leads to boycott threat | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Jerry Springer ShowLocal transgender activist Sandra Meade is organizing a Jerry Springer boycott.
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Stairway to Kevin - KC Fringe Festival review by alanskoalas | KC Stage Reviews

Kevn is a comic, storyteller, and singer. His play is about his life, what he has done and where he hopes to go as he turns 40. For this type of show, he did a great job, keeps your interest peaked, and has a great delivery. On the other hand, while I recommend this show and feel like he did a great job, I would not classify it as magnificent or as an absolute must see. more...

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Cirque du Gay: Another Outing - KC Fringe Festival review by alanskoalas | KC Stage Reviews

This show is two guys, with one assistant, delivering many different skits that are mostly hilarious and keep the audience laughing. Most of the skits are sexually suggestive humor, as both guys are gay (and cute). However, they have performed several times before at Fringe. Approximately sixty percent of the material appeared new, or at least not seen by me before. more...

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Fringe last weekend | Mickey's Midtown KC

Fringe last weekend | Mickey's Midtown KC | OffStage | Scoop.it

This is the last weekend for the Kansas City Fringe Festival and your last chance to see LOVE, NUMBERS, AND TELEVISION at the Unicorn Theater this Saturday night.  This is composer Ryan Oldham’s opera Numera and composer Jonathan Robertson’s music drama, And the TV Said…

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Today's teens play '50s high schoolers in 'Grease' | cjonline.com

Today's teens play '50s high schoolers in 'Grease' | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Bath House Players troupe of high school-aged actors, singers and dancers will turn back the clock more than 50 years to portray the students of Rydell High School in the 1950s-set musical "Grease, School Version" playing weekends through Aug.
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KC Chamber Orchestra starts season with celebratory, summery repertoire | KansasCity.com

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra began its 27th season with repertoire favorites from some of classical music’s most lauded names: Haydn, Handel, and Mozart.
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Disney's The Little Mermaid opening packs at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre | examiner.com

Disney's The Little Mermaid opening packs at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

The timeless tale of Hans Christian Anderson, The Little Mermaid, with a Disney twist comes to Starlight Theatre at 8pm from July 23-28 and tells the story of a radical young mermaid, Ariel who wants to live as a human in a human world.

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Starlight Theatre's dinner buffet features gourmet selections | examiner.com

Starlight Theatre's dinner buffet features gourmet selections | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Before taking the plunge under the sea, the dining buffet at Starlight Theater, prepared and served by Plaza Catering featured an extensive menu to please a variety of tastes of specially selected items to accompany the evening performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

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Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission now accepting nominees for Phoenix Awards | LJWorld.com

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is accepting applications for 2013 Phoenix Awards. For the past 17 years, these awards have recognized the achievements of Lawrence residents working in the visual, literary, musical, theatrical and media arts. The deadline to enter nominations is Aug. 30. Winners will be announced this fall.

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Bernice/Butterfly Part 2: The Butterfly Effect review by alanskoalas | KC Stage Reviews

This was part two of Bernice - Butterfly. See my review under Bernice for a more complete review. Part two is focused on a "philosopher" delivering a lecture on thesis, antithesis, and randomness in our lives. The second part is shorter, 35 minutes in length. The first half leaves you wondering where the connection is with part one. That is the beauty of it. The playwright works in the connection very gradually. By the last ten minutes, it all comes together. This two part play is truly a masterpiece.

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Bernice/Butterfly Part 1: Bernice at Bay - KC Fringe Festival review by alanskoalas | KC Stage Reviews

This is part one of a two part story. Butterfly is the second part. Be sure to stay and watch both!! Part one takes place in a diner. Bernice takes a look at the impact of the economy on a dying town, and the impact of a dying town on the individuals in it and their psychological well being or lack thereof. Also, examines the political implications. This play is produced and directed by a local artist. The play and the cast members would surely be nominated for Tony awards if this was on Broadway. The only thing that needs to be done to improve the play is to write a better description of it in the published programs. I almost did not see these two plays because the description did not sound very interesting. When I heard more from other patrons, I decided to see the plays afterall and I am grateful for having made that choice and having had the opportunity to see it. While some of the plays this year were overpriced, this one was underpriced!!

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Performance from Cathy & Dave | Paul Pepper

Today Paul Pepper is joined by local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform the song, "Santa Fe Trail".

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Columbia Fire Department strikes social media gold with funny public service video | KBIA

Columbia Fire Department strikes social media gold with funny public service video | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

  The Columbia Police Department is claiming that their latest public service announcement has been viewed over one million times on Facebook.  At the risk of stating the obvious, that is quite a feat for a station that serves a town of 113,000 people.

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Atleast the Police can have fun too 

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How Deb Bluford was introduced to Hello, Dolly!

The star of Musical Theater Heritage's production of HELLO, DOLLY! (Deb Bluford) talks about how she was first introduced to the Jerry Herman classic.
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Anonymous: Immigrant Voices - KC Fringe Festival review by alanskoalas | KC Stage Reviews

Immigrant Voices is a timely play given the status of the immigration debate in Congress. Too many right wing Republicans and Libertarians seem to believe that immigrants, Mexicans in particular, want to come to America for a free handout. Not true. more...

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