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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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Legend of White Woman Creek - KC Fringe Festival review by LindsayAdams | KC Stage Reviews

This pioneer tale sings of a woman whose life was a tragedy of loss and limitations. The grief’s experiences by many pioneer women are not the kind that is often recognized by history. This is the story of Anna Morgan Faber, a Kansan pioneer, who went West, and found open prairies and narrow minds waiting for her.  more....

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'The Butterfly Effect' draws audience to feet in funny performance | examiner.com

'The Butterfly Effect' draws audience to feet in funny performance | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Sit down and get ready for Randall’s lecture to the American Philosophical Society and listen carefully as he extolls his thoughts on failure and random acts of life that prove the chaos theory and life’s unexpected surprises.

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UMKC Composition Student Chin Ting Chan Ranks No. 3 in National Competition | UMatters

UMKC Composition Student Chin Ting Chan Ranks No. 3 in National Competition | UMatters | OffStage | Scoop.it

Composer and University of Missouri-Kansas City student Chin Ting Chan received 3rd place nationally in The American Prize in Chamber Music Composition competition, 2013 – student division, for the work “Icebergs.” Chin Ting Chan was selected from applications reviewedthis spring from all over the United States.

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Composers at MU festival share narratives that explain and emerge in their creations | Columbia Tribune

Composers at MU festival share narratives that explain and emerge in their creations | Columbia Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
In a way, composers resemble storytellers and musicians are like characters acting the story out. Most compositions are formed from some experience or situation — either realistically or fictionally.
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Carnaval de Danse - KC Fringe Festival Review by Sinclair1 | KC Stage Review

Not your typical burlesque show. The wide variety of performers and performances were amazing. Besides the usual burlesque performances, this group has added a flare with a worldly theme. Special additions to the show made it that much better, a beautiful aerial lyra performance and a sexy/athletic pole performance. The emcees added a great touch to the show and did an awesome job of keeping the audience entertained and informed as to what they were about to see next. To end the show on a high note, all 6 performers came together to entertain the audience with a high powered group finale number. Impressive. Group numbers are not common in most burlesque shows but these gals will make others think twice about adding them in the future. Encore De Allure!

 

 

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

Sit down and get ready for Randall's lecture to the American Philosophical Society and listen carefully as he extols his thoughts on failure and random acts of life that prove the chaos theory and life's unexpected surprises. more...

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Broadway Jazz Club will take over Outabounds space | The Pitch

Broadway Jazz Club will take over Outabounds space | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Jazz returns to 36th Street and Broadway when Jazz on Broadway opens this fall.
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Sexy Me Street - KC Fringe Festival review by BigBearHeart | KC Stage Reviews

Yes, yes the seating is awful. I truly wished that the Fringe folks would've considered a different setting for this talented group! This show is a must see but get there early or wear comfortable footwear because you'll be standing. This show is a blast. The puppets are hilarious and the dancers are creative and energetic. This is everything you would want from a burlesque show and more. I might just see it again!

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Les Miserables - Culture House review by kctiger1983 | KC Stage Reviews

Yardley Hall hosted the first production of the full length version of "Les Miserables" this past weekend (July 19-21). The cast of 94 was loaded with professional vocal/dance/theatrical arts instructors as well as experienced local, non equity actors. more...

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Medea - KC Fringe Festival review by fluffysingler | KC Stage Reviews

I had forgotten how talky these ancient tragedies can be, seeing as how they don't show violence onstage. However, given that limitation and the constraints of having a small cast and a small stage, this production of Medea (not the Tyler Perry character) was well done. The actress playing Medea was particularly strong and carried the play well. I liked that they kept most of the players onstage most of the time and that the major characters doubled as members of the chorus as well. A few of the actors could use a little time to grow into their individual roles, but this is definitely a performance worth seeing. Take some time out of the Fringe to (re)introduce yourself to some good classical theatre.

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Dangerous Liaisons opens at the Barn Players | examiner.com

Dangerous Liaisons opens at the Barn Players | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), written by Christopher Hampton from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, opened Friday July 19 at the Barn Players in Mission, Kan. The production is entertaining but does not appear to be up to the standards expected of the Barn Players. Possibly the play was a little too ambitious for the theater to attempt.

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'Lucky Streak' brings new twist to Manilow music and examines social problem | examiner.com

'Lucky Streak' brings new twist to Manilow music and examines social problem | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Barry Manilow’s music in a whole new key and tempo with a modern spin help tell the story of a small town, simple-minded young man who sings mostly country/western music in a small town in Arkansas until circumstances force him to take the leap of faith and re-start his life in New York City in Lucky Streak at the Main Stage of the Unicorn Theatre..

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KC Fringe Festival opens with hilarity, quirkiness and variable results | KansasCity.com

KC Fringe Festival opens with hilarity, quirkiness and variable results | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
In its opening weekend, the 2013 editiion of the KC Fringe Festival, the annual summer arts festival, offered performances that were deverse and variable in quality. Here’s a sampling of what The Star's theater critic, Robert Trussell, saw.
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'Bernice at Bay' generates standing ovation at KC Fringe Festival performance | examiner.com

'Bernice at Bay' generates standing ovation at KC Fringe Festival performance | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

For almost an hour, the solo acting genius of Marilyn Lynch entertains the audience as Bernice, a waitress in a small diner in a small town in Kansas until an intruder comes to visit in Bernice at Bay in the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

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Carol Dale Named to National Flute Association’s Finance Committee | UMatters

Carol Dale Named to National Flute Association’s Finance Committee | UMatters | OffStage | Scoop.it

Carol Dale, Ph.D., was recently named to the Finance Committee of the 5,000-member National Flute Association. Her term will begin at the NFA’s Convention in August 2013. She previously served as secretary of the organization.

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The Coterie Acts: Summer Classes (Week 5)

The Coterie Acts: Summer Camps & Classes (Week 5), Featuring: You Can Run the Zoo! and Don't Change the Channel (at Miller Marley School of Voice and Dance). Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Fun Effects and Theatrical Makeup, and Welcome to Musical Theatre (at MCC Longview in Lee's Summit). And Scenes from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire (at Pembroke Hill). Register for The Coterie's summer camps and classes for ages K-12 at www.thecoterie.org. Video by Jason Porrata.

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Best Of The KC Fringe Festival Red Carpet Walk | KCUR

Best Of The KC Fringe Festival Red Carpet Walk | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
Divas adorned with handmade, feathered headdresses paraded alongside comedy troupes wearing Groucho glasses on Thursday night outside the Spencer Theatre
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Lucky Streak: A Musical - KC Fringe Festival review by BobEvans | KC Stage Reviews

Barry Manilow's music in a whole new key and tempo with a modern spin help tell the story of a small town, simple-minded young man who sings mostly country/western music in a small town in Arkansas until circumstances force him to take the leap of faith and re-start his life in New York City. more...

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

For almost an hour, the solo acting genius of Marilyn Lynch entertains the audience as Bernice, a waitress in a small diner in a small town in Kansas until an intruder comes to visit.

Get ready to laugh. Marilyn Lynch delivers a powerful and touching haracterization of Bernice, a waitress at the O-Kay Diner during an early morning breakfast shift. The monologue tells gossip of the local town, briefs the audience on who did what and when. more...

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Kansas City Juggling Club teaches children the trade at the Fringe | University News

Kansas City Juggling Club teaches children the trade at the Fringe | University News | OffStage | Scoop.it

On Sunday July 21, the children’s section of the Plaza Library was filled with exuberance with the appearance of the Kansas City Juggling Club, an independent performers group. Hosting yearly juggling festivals since 2009, the Club also organizes a weekly meeting where both experts and beginners are welcome.

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The Next Level of Being - KC Fringe Festival review by BigBearHeart | KC Stage Reviews

The Next Level of Being is intriguing. I would say it is more of a modern dance production than burlesque. If you are a seasoned burlesque audience member than you may be disappointed by the formula. I feel it's mislabeled. However, this does not mean this isn't a spectacular show. I adored the music by Mercury Mad and the concept by Jeffrey Michael Bryant. The dancers I felt were beautiful and possessed great poise and presence. I was moved by the whole show. Definitely a must see

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Stairway to Kevin - KC Fringe Festival review by jeremys | KC Stage Reviews

I didn't really know what to expect. I heard a little buzz and saw the attractive guy with the big sign. You must see this show. I hate to gush. but. yes. more...

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New documentary film spotlights man who climbed Everest twice | KCLive.tv

New documentary film spotlights man who climbed Everest twice | KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

Long before the use of sophisticated equipment and precise computerized instruments, one man scaled Mt. Everest twice. Local filmmaker Bev Chapman tells the story of Nawang Gombu who scaled the epic mountain in both 1963 and 1965. The documentary, "Heart of a Tiger", spotlights Gombu who was a pioneer in the "golden age" of mountaineering.

 
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'Stairway to Kevin' features Fringe veteran Kevin Thornton's 1-man standup show | examiner.com

'Stairway to Kevin'  features Fringe veteran Kevin Thornton's 1-man standup show | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

For a fun stand-up event the Kansas City Fringe Festival, check out Stairway to Kevin, a 40-year old musical comedian who fleshes out his past with stories of individual successes and failures in an hour-long new routine presented at the Jerome Stage in The Unicorn Theatre.

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New maestro plans season to showcase Topeka Symphony | cjonline.com

New maestro plans season to showcase Topeka Symphony | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Although Kyle Wiley Pickett's inaugural season as conductor of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra will include performances featuring a pianist and woodwind player he describes as the best with whom he has performed, the new maestro said he intends the 2013-14 concerts to showcase the talents of the orchestra.

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