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Gardner Community Theater, Gardner, KS presented the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat recently as its summer musical with an overabundance of talent and a wealth of upcoming younger talent in the chorus of elementary singers and actors.
A pair of Los Angeles-based independent filmmakers are in Kansas scouting locations and making final plans for "The Bender Claim," a movie they will be filming about the notorious Bender family of southeast Kansas.
Blue Star Winners in NYC: At lunch Thursday, Patrick and Lily were treated to a talk-back session with special guest Kirstin Tucker from the Tony® winning musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Kristin's credits also include the national tours of West Side Story and A Chorus Line as well as numerous regional theater productions. They were also joined by choreographer Kiesha Lalama. Kiesha graduated from Point Park University, is credited with more than 40 works, and recently choreographed the MTV film, "Perks of Being a Wallflower." She offered great advice about college training, answered questions about her responsibilities as Assistant Dance Captain, and even taught a mini dance lesson!
The day concluded with dinner at Sardi's and the Broadway production of Annie, starring Glee's Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan.
Directors at the Lawrence Arts Center don’t just want audience members to come to the Summer Youth Theater shows. With the Behind the Story Series, they want them to learn about the cultural and political themes surrounding the plots.
It must be an exciting time to be Devon Carney. After a long career that included distinguished stints as principal dancer for Boston Ballet and as associate artistic director at Cincinnati Ballet, the 53-year-old dancer/choreographer is now faced with his biggest challenge: to lead the Kansas City Ballet into a new era, one in which there seem to be no limits. “It’s a big responsibility and I take it seriously,” says Carney, who assumes his post as artistic director on July 1st. Our recent conversation ranged widely, from his plans for a second company at KCB to his goal of presenting more full-length ballets (and yes, a new Nutcracker). Meanwhile he and his wife, dancer Pamela Royal Carney, are looking for a place to live in a city they’re excited about. Below is a transcript of portions of our conversation.
Starting Thursday, Radio Bach is back, this time as an Internet radio station at RadioBach.com. Patrick Neas, KXTR’s longtime program director, is back, too, although he won’t be an announcer, at least for now.
The show started at 8:30. That's when I walked in, give or take a few minutes. I was about to hand over the $10 cover charge when the ticket seller warned me, “It’s standing room only.” I thought a moment then gave her my money, adding, “Good. I’m glad that room is packed.” The ticket seller laughed (then she found me an open seat on the floor. It pays to be a regular and make the ticket seller laugh).
This fall Black House will be taking over the Paragraph and Project Space galleries for a 2 month long new music festival called Black Lab. We are now accepting project proposals for new music regardless of style.
There was no mistaking the collective gasp heard in the audience when Zachary Stevenson (as Buddy Holly in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, currently playing at the New Theatre Restaurant) first appeared onstage last night. Aging baby boomers appeared not to believe their eyes--and ears--as they watched the actor run through Holly's playlist with aplomb.
Philanthropist Julia Irene Kauffman announces a $20 million challenge grant that she hopes will jump-start what would be a $90 million project to move the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance downtown.
This year's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival production of As You Like It, one of the Bard's romantic comedies, is set in 1967. And it's been at least 15 years since the festival presented a "full modern dress production," according to the festival's executive artistic director Sidonie Garrett who recalls it was Measure for Measure in 1998.