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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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KCK drive-in to offer open captioning | KMBC

Boulevard Drive-In in Kansas City, Kan., will offer open-captioning for a movie Thursday night.
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KC Fringe Festival brings unique artists together | KC Live

Local motivational storyteller, Brother John, joined Michelle to talk up the KC Fringe Festival and how it explores boundaries of art and gives an outlet to local artists.

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Music acts flavor Fiesta's closing nights | cjonline.com

Music acts flavor Fiesta's closing nights | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Those attending the final two nights of the 80th anniversary Fiesta Mexicano will see on stage some well-known names in Tejano music.
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Composers Festival Spotlight: Alarm Will Sound | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

Composers Festival Spotlight: Alarm Will Sound | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it

As the resident ensemble for the Festival since it began in 2010, AWS plays a crucial role in bringing to life the new works created by the resident composers. Not many groups would be willing or able to take on the challenge of premiering eight new pieces in one night with limited rehearsal time, but Alarm Will Sound has accomplished the task each year of the MICF with consummate skill and flair.

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Cast of Topeka Civic Theatre's 'Les Miserables" includes 56 actors | cjonline.com

Cast of Topeka Civic Theatre's 'Les Miserables" includes 56 actors | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Out of more than 160 people who auditioned for a role in Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy's debut production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Les Miserables," director Shannon J. Reilly and his production team skimmed the cream and cast 56.
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Vine Street Rumble big band brings back the Kansas City sound | KansasCity.com

Vine Street Rumble big band brings back the Kansas City sound | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The band is participating in Kansas City Stomp, a music-and-dance event in coordination with the Lindy Hop Dancers, on Saturday at the Kansas City Masonic Temple, 903 Harrison St.
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Photo Gallery: 2013 Shakespeare Festival Concludes | Mingle

Photo Gallery: 2013 Shakespeare Festival Concludes | Mingle | OffStage | Scoop.it

The final performance of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival “As You Like it” took place Sunday night at Southmoreland Park, with a large crowd enjoying the festivities. Photos by Bob Brents


Read more here: http://mingle.kansascity.com/photos/2013/final-performance-of-2013-heart-of-america-shakespeare/#storylink=cpy
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IFC program at KC Fringe Fest | Independent Filmmakers Coalition

IFC program at KC Fringe Fest | Independent Filmmakers Coalition | OffStage | Scoop.it

IFC’s film program in the Kansas City Fringe Festival (7/18-7/28/13). Screenings will be at Screenland Crown Center. This year’s program will be all original material never before shown at an IFC screening or something brand new you want to shoot for this event! Admission is $10, the program is rated PG. Sorry, no discounts.

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KC's Fringe Festival Brings the Obscure Into the Spotlight | KCUR

KC's Fringe Festival Brings the Obscure Into the Spotlight | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

It's no secret that the arts community is Kansas City is vibrant and dynamic, but like any arts community it takes a lot of work to get a play or musical, visual exhibit, fashion show or performance to get in front of the general public. As Cheryl Kimmi, Founder of Kansas City Fringe Festival put it, artists have to put their work through a lot of testing before a theater or museum will consider hosting it.

 

 

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The Rhythm of Kansas City at the American Jazz Museum | KC Studio

The Rhythm of Kansas City at the American Jazz Museum | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

It’s been around about 100 years, but in that time, jazz has morphed into various subgenres such as free jazz, Bebop, Afro-Cuban, avant-garde and of course, traditional. The subgenres are diverse, but no matter the style, the American Jazz Museum staff and leadership want to make sure that all jazz, from its earliest incarnations in the early 1900s to the music being produced in 2013, is treasured.

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Composers Festival Spotlight: Elizabeth A. Kelly | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

Composers Festival Spotlight: Elizabeth A. Kelly | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it

Today, we begin a series of posts featuring the composers who will be taking part in the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Our first subject is Elizabeth A. Kelly, one of this year’s eight resident composers, and someone who shares with MU’s Stefan Freund and many of the members of the Festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound a connection to the Eastman School of Music.

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'Flashdance-The Musical' ignites Starlight Theatre's summer season | examiner.com

'Flashdance-The Musical' ignites  Starlight Theatre's summer season | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Flashdance-The Musical opened July 9 at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre on the hottest day so far this summer with afternoon temps inching up bit by bit toward the century mark, but when the sun went and the breeze picked up, audiences sat waiting for the memorable strains of Flashdance-The Musical to begin. The show runs through July 14.

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"There's Something about Loretta" from The Coterie's Lyle the Crocodile

Musical excerpt of "There's Something about Loretta" performed by Kenny Personett, Lucas Dorrel, Teddy Trice, Jake Bartley, Christopher Bueno, Mosha Clyma, Brittany DeMars, Marshall Hopkins, Jacob Houghton & Hannah Thompson.

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Michelle acts like a maniac learning how to Flashdance | KC Live

Michelle acts like a maniac learning how to Flashdance
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Performance from Maples Rep Theatre, "South Pacific" | Paul Pepper

Today Paul Pepper is joined by Maples Rep Theatre Artistic Director TODD DAVISON, pianist KEVIN CASEY and "Bloody Mary", who performs "Bali Ha'i" from their latest production of "South Pacific".

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Marvelous 'Les Miz' could sell out 20-show Topeka Civic Theatre run | cjonline.com

Marvelous 'Les Miz' could sell out 20-show Topeka Civic Theatre run | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy will close its 77th season in grand fashion beginning Friday with 56 actors staging "Les Miserables," the world's most-popular musical.
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Our Fiverr Promo | KC Fringe Festival

https://www.facebook.com/BottomsUpSketchComedy https://www.facebook.com/events/349741005153265/ kcfringe.org We have a show coming up for the Kansas City Fri...
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Photo Gallery: Flashdance-The Musical Attendees | Mingle

Photo Gallery: Flashdance-The Musical Attendees | Mingle | OffStage | Scoop.it

Tuesday evening, the first night of the Starlight Theatre show “Flashdance, the Musical”, which runs through Sunday, brought in a large crowd despite the warm temperatures. The sponsor of the show is The Missouri Lottery and guests received a free lottery ticket.


Read more here: http://mingle.kansascity.com/photos/2013/flash-dance-the-musical-attendees/#storylink=cpy
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Chicken Heart Promo | KC Fringe Festival

Lights Out presents Arch Oboler's "Chicken Heart" at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, July 18-28, 2013. More details at www.jupiterkansas.com
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Ballet Folklorico de Topeka alumni to dance with troupe | cjonline.com

Ballet Folklorico de Topeka alumni to dance with troupe | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Although most people only see Ballet Folklorico de Topeka dancing at the annual Fiesta Mexicana, its members rehearse year round, preserving the traditional dances of Mexico and introducing them to new generations of youths.
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Concert to showcase finalists in piano competition | LJWorld.com

Concert to showcase finalists in piano competition | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

On Monday, 17-year-old Sarah Rasmussen, of Platte City, Mo., placed second in the final round of the International Institute for Young Musicians piano competition, an annual event that leads into a three-week camp on the Kansas University campus.

 

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Filmmakers plan to shoot Old West thriller in Kansas | KMBC

Two Los Angeles-based filmmakers are preparing to shoot a movie about a family of southeast Kansas innkeepers who killed about a dozen travelers in the 1870s.
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Kauffman Foundation makes $20 million pledge for UMKC downtown campus | WDAF

On Wednesday the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation announced a $20 million grant towards a downtown arts campus project for the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The grant is contingent on the Conservatory raising an additional $70 million need for the project’s first phase within a period of three year.

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Seven who sing - KansasCity.com

Seven who sing - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
In the last few years an exceptional crop of young actresses who happen to be outstanding singers has emerged; they can act but some are such good vocalists they rarely appear in nonmusicals.
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