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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 Capulets And The Montagues,' Love In A World Of Conflict | KCUR

'The Capulets And The Montagues,' Love In A World Of Conflict | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
The story of the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues is familiar to fans of Shakespeare. But a variation on the theme of the secret, doomed love
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Roy Wood Jr. brings the charm to KC Improv - KCLive.tv

Roy Wood Jr. brings the charm to KC Improv - KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

Known for his role on "Sullivan and Son", Roy Wood Jr. is taking to the stage in Kansas City, and this time it is un-scripted. We chat with Roy Wood Jr. where he dishes on everything from his love life, to where he finds comedy inspiration.

 
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KCMO high school marching bands do 'battle' for best band title | WDAF

KCMO high school marching bands do 'battle' for best band title | WDAF | OffStage | Scoop.it

Who's got the best band in the land?  With bragging rights on the line Saturday local bands and drill teams took to the field with something to prove. It was the inaugural Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools “Battle of the Bands.”

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A sit-down with Vanessa Severo #2 | Unicorn Theatre

A second in-depth look at Venus in Fur star, Vanessa Severo. Venus in Fur By David Ives Directed by Cynthia Levin Featuring Vanessa Severo and Rusty Sneary

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Ad Astra, Canady collaborate on new play | cjonline.com

Ad Astra, Canady collaborate on new play | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
"Hardtland," the latest work by award-winning playwright Darren Canady, will get its world premiere Thursday in the author's hometown of Topeka where the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble opens a four-show run of the family drama.
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Former KC critic is finalist for National Book Award | KansasCity.com

Former KC critic is finalist for National Book Award | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Terry Teachout’s biography of Duke Ellington, coming out in October, makes the long list of 10 finalists for the prize.
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SM East Theatre department lifts curtain on 2013-14 season with ‘Musical Revue’ | Prairie Village Post

SM East Theatre department lifts curtain on 2013-14 season with ‘Musical Revue’ | Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

Shawnee Mission East’s Performing Arts Department is set to lift the curtain on a new year of performances when this year’s Musical Revue hits the stage for the first night of a three-night run tonight.

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'Romeo and Juliet' shows teenage passion amist family strife | examiner.com

'Romeo and Juliet' shows teenage passion amist family strife | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Romeo and Juliet, two teens hopelessly in love but separated by a family feud struggle against insurmountable forces to find peace and happiness in the timeless
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Review: 'Jesus Christ Superstar' rocks in Auburn | cjonline.com

Review: 'Jesus Christ Superstar' rocks in Auburn | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
AUBURN - With its production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," Auburn Community Theater demonstrates tiny theatrical companies can produce huge shows and do them well.
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Lawrence man creates violins in downtown shop | cjonline.com

Lawrence man creates violins in downtown shop | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Amos Hargrave uses a small handmade chisel to dig out two lines along the edge of the top of a violin he's making in his Lawrence studio.

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Good performances elevate 'The Rainmaker' in solid production at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre | KansasCity.com

Good performances elevate 'The Rainmaker' in solid production at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Forrest Attaway and Jessalyn Kincaid shine in Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre‘s an effective production of “The Rainmaker,” the 1954 dramatic comedy by N. Richard Nash.
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The Planets-An HD Odyssey, UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony

The UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony, under the direction of Steven D. Davis performs Holst's The Planets, Sat., Sept. 28, 2013, Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This amazing evening includes a high def film by Duncan Copp from NASA solar system explorations, commissioned by the Houston Symphony (Opus 3 Artists). The performance also includes Robert Weirich, piano, performing Dohnanyi's Variations on a Nursery Tune. For tickets, 816-235-6222.

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‘Singer-Songwriter’ Musical Revue showcases SM East theatre talent | Prairie Village Post

‘Singer-Songwriter’ Musical Revue showcases SM East theatre talent | Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

Readers, I have a fear.

And it is this: I’m afraid the unfortunate timing of last night’s torrential downpour may have dissuaded many from leaving the coziness of their homes. And I’m afraid that, by staying home, said persons ended up missing what was a truly impressive display of talent at the final staging of Shawnee Mission East’s 2013 Musical Revue.

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Teen band leader is a real crowd pleaser | WDAF

Teen band leader is a real crowd pleaser | WDAF | OffStage | Scoop.it

Hardly a day goes by that a glitzy show doesn’t air on national TV about young performers trying to win their big break. We’ve discovered a teenage talent right in our midst — a gifted entertainer just half way through high school — who appears to be well on his way to stardom. And he’s this week’s Fox 4 Young Achiever.

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A sit-down with Vanessa Severo #3 | Unicorn Theatre

Have an in-depth look at Venus in Fur star, Vanessa Severo Venus in Fur By David Ives Directed by Cynthia Levin Featuring Vanessa Severo and Rusty Sneary 

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The world premiere of 'The Tallest Tree in the Forest' opens at the KC Rep | examiner.com

The world premiere of 'The Tallest Tree in the Forest' opens at the KC Rep | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
With Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James in the audience the 2013-2014 season of live theater erupted on Friday night, Sept. 6.
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Gruesome Playground Injuries | The Fishtank

The Fishtank Theater presents a play by Rajiv Joseph. Directed by Sidonie Garrett with Heidi Van & Chris Roady Performance dates September 28 - October 13 

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"Zeus the God of Lightning" from Geek Mythology: I Was a Teenage Immortal | Coterie Theatre

A musical excerpt from GEEK MYTHOLOGY: I WAS A TEENAGE IMMORTAL, a new musical receiving its World Premiere touring middle and high schools in the Kansas City area

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Performing Arts Series Announces 2013-14 Season | UCM

Building on the success of 25 years of bringing exciting, quality entertainment to the University of Central Missouri and area communities, the University of Central Missouri’s Performing Arts Series announces its 2013-2014 season.

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A minimum of props and a maximum of fun at Olathe Civic Theatre | examiner.com

A minimum of props and a maximum of fun at Olathe Civic Theatre | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

With a minimum of props and costumes the Olathe Civic Theatre maximized the fun, with Company the first show of the 2013-14 season. The play is from the book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and directed by Jason Coats. Company opened on Broadway in April of 1970 and ran for 690 performances before closing in January of 1972.

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New music event to jazz up downtown Topeka | cjonline.com

New music event to jazz up downtown Topeka | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
After a summer of downtown Topeka street concerts and music festivals featuring the blues, rock, pop, country and other genres, jazz will get its turn Saturday at the inaugural Jazzin' It Up Downtown.
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Joe Donnelly's curator insight, December 4, 2013 12:19 PM

This is another great festival to help bring revenue to a city. Local in-town shows at local business is a great way to help promote not only the city but the shop where the music is being played. These festivals often hosts a lot of local bands and are able to help promote them.

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'The Rainmaker' brings a storm of applause at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre | examiner.com

'The Rainmaker' brings a storm of applause at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre | examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
The catalyst of the 2013-14 season for the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre is a dramatic play, The Rainmaker. Though a strong drama there are several moments of
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Luminous vocals lift Karrin Allyson at Topeka Jazz Workshop | cjonline.com

Luminous vocals lift Karrin Allyson at Topeka Jazz Workshop | cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
What a joy! Vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson lifted spirits with a Sunday afternoon concert at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center for a full house of avid Topeka Jazz Workshop fans.
For the international jazz star, it was a homecoming.
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