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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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The Kansas City Chorus of the Sweet Adelines: United in Song | KC Studio

The Kansas City Chorus of the Sweet Adelines: United in Song | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

Stacy Schumacher and the vibrant group of more than 100 local women prepare for International competition. The women of the Kansas City Chorus of the Sweet Adelines are sassy, hard-working and diverse in their daily occupations, but unite them in song and they are powerhouses with one goal in mind – winning the international competition this November in Hawaii.

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Prairie Moon - KC Fringe Festival review by ChaimEliyau | KC Stage Reviews

Growing up in South Dakota, no child needs telling that the world is awesome. And visiting Pine Ridge or Rosebud, as I did fairly often in the Sixties, I did not need telling that the dominant culture can be awful. The transcendent power of Plains spirituality has carried native peoples through thick and thin — and for well more than a century, things have been pretty thin. more...

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Jack Goes Confidential: Ward Parkway 14—One Year Past Conversion | KC Confidential

Jack Goes Confidential: Ward Parkway 14—One Year Past Conversion | KC Confidential | OffStage | Scoop.it

AMC’s visionary founder Stan Durwood would’ve loved to have seen what has become of his historic movie theater in South Kansas City….

I’m talking about the AMC Ward Parkway 14 which in another life, in 1963 – became the first multiplex (twin screen) movie theater anywhere.

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Theater review: ‘Little Mermaid’ is a charming trip under the sea | KansasCity.com

Theater review: ‘Little Mermaid’ is a charming trip under the sea | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Starlight’s “Little Mermaid” is a color-drenched remount of the Broadway show with a strong cast and an uplifitng message.
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Q&A: EXCLUSIVE with KC Fringe producer, Rick Duplissie | University News

Q&A: EXCLUSIVE with KC Fringe producer, Rick Duplissie | University News | OffStage | Scoop.it

“Last Temptation of Harry” producer and actor Rick Duplissie sat down with the U-News to discuss the ins and outs of what it’s like to be involved in the Fringe Festival.

The performance will take place at the Just Off Broadway theatre July 24 at 8 pm and Saturday July 27 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available for five dollars.

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Bedtime Solos explores the unspoken thoughts of sexual intercourse | examiner.com

Bedtime Solos explores the unspoken thoughts of sexual intercourse | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

For those who wish to experience a very different theater experience and challenge their minds, plan to attend Bedtime Solos being hosted by the Metropolitan ensemble Theatre at areas times during the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

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Some Fringe Fest bets are already paying off | The Pitch

Some Fringe Fest bets are already paying off | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Besides straight theatrical productions, Fringe Festival's opening weekend offered an eclectic mix of poetry, film and performance art. It was, in other words, the usual for this event: a roulette wheel ready to take bets.
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Big: The Musical - Blue Springs City Theatre review by lightsandlaughs | KC Stage Reviews

I did not expect this, I did not expect to see a show of this quality out here in my hometown. Now. don't get me wrong, while I have enjoyed seeing shows done by this company for a long time now, this one truly stands out to me! First and foremost, Nino Casisi has brought forward to us in this community a company of actors that are really remarkable. It was a pleasure to the familiar faces of Chad, Emily Davenport, and Ryan Stevens and others; but what pleased me the most were the talents that I had not seen before on our stage, most notably Eli Biesemeyer and Raphael Tate. I do not know how he found these, and all the members of the cast, but I am pretty sure he made the right choices. more...

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Our Author Died Today - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

This was a really good show. The general theme itself has certainly been visited a few times in literary and theatrical history, but the approach was definitely very fresh. The performances were very high-energy and the graphics and special effects really added to the show. more...

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Prairie Moon - KC Fringe Festival review by Guildenstern | KC Stage Reviews

Fringe is known for its exotic acts, from belly dance fusion to dancers from India, but Brings Plenty offers something new blended with something old and adds a whole new exotic dimension to Fringe. This is an hour of Native American music, dance, stories, feathers, hula hoops, and hair that gives ancient indigenous traditions a contemporary twist. more...

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

Dennis Porter and Peyton Westfall's Cirque du Gay has been building itself up over the last few years as a regular feature of our local Fringe. This year's production, "Another Outing", continues the "circus for grown-ups" theme with a variety of acts: puppetry, mime, music,and circus arts mixed with a bawdy, camp sensibility that tickled the funny bones of the audience last night at the Jerome. more...

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Bernice/Butterfly Part 2: The Butterfly Effect - KC Fringe Festival review by kellyluck | KC Stage Reviews

In this part, Randall (Robert Gibby Brand) presents a lecture on the art and nature of failure., with anecdotes drawn from the history of the speaker. As with "Bernice", this is primarily a monologue, interacting with an unseen audience until the speaker's mask slips and the truth is revealed. Mr. Brand does an excellent job as the aging academic, rolling confidently through acre after acre of knee-deep verbiage with ease and aplomb. His "digressions" come light and swift, one-offs to be laughed at and forgotten, so we do not notice as they build up. more...

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Outta Beer and Outta Space - KC Fringe Festival review by luvfringefests | KC Stage Reviews

Good fun. Glad to see this good team of locals be in a good zone to deliver this performance for this fest. Audience clearly enjoyed it and laughed throughout the show.

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Classical Music Patron Keeps Genre Vital | KBIA

Classical Music Patron Keeps Genre Vital | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

Some of the music playing in the Missouri Theatre this week will be heard publicly for the first time ever. That’s because starting Thursday, the University of Missouri School of Music’s annual Mizzou International Composers Festival takes the stage.

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Medea - KC Fringe Festival review by d.a.birdboot | KC Stage Reviews

How often do you get a chance to see a play by Euripides? Or by any ancient Greek playwrights? I can count on one hand the number of times in my life I have had an opportunity to see "Medea," and still have several fingers left over. more...

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Edelman: It’s All happening @ The Fringe | KC Confidential

Edelman: It’s All happening @ The Fringe | KC Confidential | OffStage | Scoop.it

The 9th annual KC Fringe Festival is upon us. CherylKimmi (a/k/a Wonder Woman) and her 200 volunteers have rounded up another 134 artists to put on 363 shows now thru Sunday. How all of this gets done is beyond me; that it does is a testament to the creative teams that put it out there and the thousands of KC hipsters who show up.

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Starlight Theatre's 'The Little Mermaid' brings the Disney princess story to life | KCLive.tv

Starlight Theatre's 'The Little Mermaid' brings the Disney princess story to life | KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

A musical version "Disney's The Little Mermaid" brings the princess's story to life on the Starlight Theatre stage. The show is one of the best selling Starlight shows of all time. Before the curtain goes up, families can enjoy a variety of princess themed activities during the "Under The Sea Festival".

 
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Oversold show, An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein, delights Fishtank crowds | examiner.com

Oversold show, An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein, delights Fishtank crowds | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

One of the current Kansas City Fringe Festival shows at The Fishtank Theater, drew a sellout crowd for the initial performance of An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein, written by Shell Silverstein and directed by Heidi Van, executive producer of The Fishtank Theater.

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Chatting with Lawrence's Will Averill and Jerry Mitchell about the Victor Continental Show hanging it up after 15 lecherous years | The Pitch

Chatting with Lawrence's Will Averill and Jerry Mitchell about the Victor Continental Show hanging it up after 15 lecherous years | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Tip that martini glass and pour a little out — the long-running Victor Continental Show is coming to a close.
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Maplewood Barn | Paul Pepper

Maplewood Barn Theatre's latest production is Shakespeare's "As You Like It". Meet director CHRIS BOWLING and star SARAH JOST.

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Les Miserables - The Culture House review by aes1974 | KC Stage Reviews

I couldn't believe this production ... it was not at all what I was
expecting! Most audience members thought this was a professional
touring company and were shocked to find out it was local. I was one
of those people.

The leads, lead by Matt Fowler (Valjean) and Brent Sander (Javert),
were all incredible and should be professional performers if they
aren't already!

I just can't get over how amazing this show was. Incredible job
Culture House!

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An Evening of Alli Jordan - KC Fringe Festival review by BobEvans | KC Stage Reviews

Unlike most Fringe shows, An Evening with Alli Jordan, is more of a play reading session with the author present. Her show, An Evening of Jordan started in a summer series of playwrights having a script in hand reading of their work in front of an audience. This allowed the playwright to hear his or her words, watch the audiences reach actions, and then listen to audience comments and feedback after each performance. more...

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Theater review: Strong performance, moving script make ‘Solitary Choice’ a Fringe highlight | KansasCity.com

Theater review: Strong performance, moving script make ‘Solitary Choice’ a Fringe highlight | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Australian actress offers a compelling performance in “A Solitary Choice” one of the strongest dramatic pieces at KC Fringe.
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An Evening of Alli Jordan - KC Fringe Festival review by ChaimEliyahu | KC Stage Reviews

I was crabby and tired when I took my place in line at The Fishtank for “An Evening of Alli Jordan”: a late evening at the end of a long, hot, humid day. But by the time I left, my mind was blown. more....

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

Bernice (Marilyn Lynch) holds court over the OK Cafe (formerly the Victory), the last eating place in a dying Kansas town. As the regulars shuffle in one by one, she trades gossip, serves the slop, and rules the roost. A stranger's arrival sparks a discussion of the dying town, and then of her own past as well. As the story progresses, more and more cracks show until the truth comes out and we see we have been wrong all along. more...

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