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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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Artist Inc Receives Surprise Money from Grant Foundation | Artist Inc (pdf)

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Impressive collaborative effort marks first Kansas City Dance Festival | KansasCity.com

Impressive collaborative effort marks first Kansas City Dance Festival | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Summer in Kansas City may no longer be a dance drought. After the official dance season concluded, the first Kansas City Dance Festival offered an oasis of contemporary dance and classical ballet.
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Starlight documenting SM East theatre star’s trip to NYC for national awards | Prairie Village Post

Starlight documenting SM East theatre star’s trip to NYC for national awards | Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

Starlight Theater is documenting SM East graduate Lily Kaufmann’s trip to New York for the 5th Annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards — also known as the “Jimmy Awards.” 

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'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' wows community theater audiences | examiner.com

'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' wows community theater audiences | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

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.

 

 

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Harvard grads come to Kansas to film Old West thriller | cjonline.com

Harvard grads come to Kansas to film Old West thriller | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
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.
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Blue Star Winners in NYC: Dinner at Sardi's and a Broadway Show | Starlight

Blue Star Winners in NYC: Dinner at Sardi's and a Broadway Show | Starlight | OffStage | Scoop.it

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.

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Arts Center's Behind the Story Series travels back in time to the '60s | LJWorld.com

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.

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Focus On KC Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney | KC Independent

Focus On KC Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney | KC Independent | OffStage | Scoop.it

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.

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Arts Midwest 2013–2014 Shakespeare in American Communities Grants | infoZine

Arts Midwest 2013–2014 Shakespeare in American Communities Grants | infoZine | OffStage | Scoop.it
Kansas City Repertory Theatre One of 40 Theater Companies That Have Been Selected to Participate in Shakespeare in American Communities for 2013-2014.
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Impressive collaborative effort marks Kansas City Dance Festival | KansasCity.com

The first Kansas City Dance Festival offered a summer oasis of contemporary dance and classical ballet for an enthusiastic crowd Friday in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Spencer Theatre.
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Volunteers: Our Most Valuable Resource at the Kauffman Center for the performing Arts | KC Studio

Volunteers: Our Most Valuable Resource at the Kauffman Center for the performing Arts | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

Since its opening nearly two years ago, the Kauffman Center has welcomed hundreds of thousands of people who have attended events at the Center and experienced the impact of the arts in our community.

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Fringe Festival: 2012 - Holly | Troupe Duende

Holly, (friend of Duende) performs to "Crystalize" by "Lindsey Sterling" at the 2012 Fringe Festival held in Kansas City, MO at the Bolinder Center on July 24

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Jacques Roy is a man for all seasons | KansasCity.com

Jacques Roy is a man for all seasons | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
In his third appearance at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, this New York-based actor has been in many traditional and some not-so-traditional Shakespeare productions.
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Middle of the Map Fest 2013 Recap

It still seems like this year has been a dream. We spent the first quater of the year prepping and putting on Middle of the Map Fest and it was quite the journey.

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Internet classical music station Radio Bach kicks off with a patriotic Fourth | KansasCity.com

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.
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kcjazzlark: In Lieu of 1000 Words: Trumpet Summit at The Blue Room

kcjazzlark: In Lieu of 1000 Words: Trumpet Summit at The Blue Room | OffStage | Scoop.it

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).

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Black House Improvisors' Collective seeking projects

Black House Improvisors' Collective seeking projects | OffStage | Scoop.it
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.
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All In the Family | KC Studio

The reviews are in and first-time actor Mikhail McIntosh said his on-stage experience in the Fine Arts Showcase
at the Rep was “very much a ten … or an eleven.”

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The New Theatre brings Buddy Holly back to life | examiner.com

The New Theatre brings Buddy Holly back to life | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

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.

 

 

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Canned Heat | Owen/Cox Dance

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UMKC's BIG Announcement - Week in Review

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.

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Flashdance Brings ‘80s Pop Culture to Starlight Theatre’s Stage | infoZine

Flashdance Brings ‘80s Pop Culture to Starlight Theatre’s Stage | infoZine | OffStage | Scoop.it
Thirty Years After the Film Flashdance Hit the Box Office, It Is Being Brought to Life in a National Tour on Its Way to Broadway.
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‘The Death of Cupid’ is sexy, funny and serious as a heart attack | KansasCity.com

‘The Death of Cupid’ is sexy, funny and serious as a heart attack | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
In “The Death of Cupid,” director Kyle Hatley creatively strives to balance comedy, tragedy and profundity, and he’s got a great cast to help him do it.
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Feeling Groovy At The Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival | KCUR

Feeling Groovy At The Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

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.

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Flashdance - I Love Rock and Roll | Starlight Theatre

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