Performance http://kcur.org en Black House Collective To Premiere Five New Chamber Operas http://kcur.org/post/black-house-collective-premiere-five-new-chamber-operas <p>As they waited for other musicians and singers to arrive, composer Hunter Long and mezzo-soprano Anna Hoard lounged among music stands and percussion instruments in a sixth-floor room in the Town Pavilion building in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Hoard sings the role of Charlotte in Long’s new chamber opera titled <em>Lost in Translation</em>, one of five new operas that will have their world premiere on Friday.<br /> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:19:23 +0000 Julie Denesha 60776 at http://kcur.org Black House Collective To Premiere Five New Chamber Operas Kyle Hatley Looks Back On Eight Years In Kansas City's Theater Scene http://kcur.org/post/kyle-hatley-looks-back-eight-years-kansas-citys-theater-scene <p>Kyle Hatley arrived in Kansas City to serve as Assistant Artistic Director for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in April 2008. He drove into town in the midst of a tornado, and he hasn't stopped moving since.</p><p>After eight years of tireless immersion in both the Kansas City Repertory Theatre&nbsp;and the grassroots theater scene,&nbsp;Hatley has decided it's time to return to Chicago. There, he will join his fiance, actress Emily Peterson.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:06:55 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 59598 at http://kcur.org Kyle Hatley Looks Back On Eight Years In Kansas City's Theater Scene WATCH: In This Scene ... Three Kansas City Highlights At The Fringe http://kcur.org/post/watch-scene-three-kansas-city-highlights-fringe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It can be daunting to wade through the schedule for the <a href="http://www.kcfringe.org/">KC Fringe Festival</a>. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Founded in 2004, Fringe presents about 130 events this year, including theater, dance, comedy, film, poetry, as well as visual art exhibitions. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are artists from around the world — St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, the U.K. — and the Kansas City area. </span></p><p>Here are a few homegrown highlights:</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:59:04 +0000 Julie Denesha 59135 at http://kcur.org WATCH: In This Scene ... Three Kansas City Highlights At The Fringe KC Fringe Encourages Writers To Present New Work http://kcur.org/post/kc-fringe-encourages-writers-present-new-work <p>The KC Fringe Festival, an annual event featuring actors, dancers, poets, storytellers, filmmakers, and visual artists, turns 10 this year. The festival offers about 50 theater performances, from R-rated to puppet shows for kids. And, KC Fringe often provides an opportunity for performers to try out new material.</p><p>It seems appropriate that Jesse Ray Metcalf, the writer of a new production called <em>(Virgin.)</em>, would say: "This is my first time doing Fringe."</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:13:51 +0000 Laura Spencer 59035 at http://kcur.org KC Fringe Encourages Writers To Present New Work Where To Fringe - From Traditional To Unexpected Kansas City Venues http://kcur.org/post/where-fringe-traditional-unexpected-kansas-city-venues <p>For its 10th season, the KC Fringe Festival will take over spaces in Kansas City, Mo., for theater, music, comedy, spoken word, burlesque and more.</p><p>KC Fringe is an <a href="http://kcur.org/post/your-guide-kc-fringe-numbers">11-day festival</a> that provides a platform for often lesser-known performing and visual artists.&nbsp;</p><p>This year's Fringe will have 19 different venues. Most are scattered around the Crossroads Arts District, but some spread out into Westport and the Country Club Plaza.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:57:44 +0000 Cara McClain 59008 at http://kcur.org Where To Fringe - From Traditional To Unexpected Kansas City Venues Parting Questions For The Rep's Kyle Hatley http://kcur.org/post/parting-questions-reps-kyle-hatley <p>The Kansas City Repertory Theatre announced this month that Kyle Hatley,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">associate artistic director,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;plans to relocate to Chicago in August.</span></p><p>Hatley, a 33-year-old native of Memphis, started working at the Rep in 2008. During his time in Kansas City, Mo., he's earned a reputation as an energizing force in the theater community — as an actor and director, as well as the creator of innovative new works at the KC Fringe Festival and The Living Room.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 58609 at http://kcur.org Parting Questions For The Rep's Kyle Hatley Creativity Over Time: How Age Affects Artistic Careers http://kcur.org/post/creativity-over-time-how-age-affects-artistic-careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's </span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we invited a variety of artists to discuss how their practice has evolved as they have moved from one stage of life to another. </span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:49:23 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58542 at http://kcur.org Creativity Over Time: How Age Affects Artistic Careers Weekend To-Do List: July 4-6 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-july-4-6 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have a star-spangled weekend with this sizzling list of area entertainment from Brian </span>McTavish<span style="line-height: 1.5;">!</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:08:01 +0000 Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 58337 at http://kcur.org Weekend To-Do List: July 4-6 From Page To Park: Focus And Anticipation At A Tech Rehearsal http://kcur.org/post/page-park-focus-and-anticipation-tech-rehearsal <p>The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s production of <em>The Winter’s Tale</em> is well underway. But it takes a lot of time and effort – and people — to put the show together. For our series,&nbsp;From Page to Park, we’re taking a behind-the-scenes look at the process.</p><p>About two weeks ago in Southmoreland Park in Kansas City, Mo., actors, musicians, designers and directors were working through perhaps the most intricate part of staging a play, a rehearsal called tech.</p><p><strong>Breaking it down and putting it back together</strong></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:51:01 +0000 Laura Spencer 57779 at http://kcur.org From Page To Park: Focus And Anticipation At A Tech Rehearsal WATCH: In This Scene ... 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' http://kcur.org/post/watch-scene-chitty-chitty-bang-bang <p>In this scene from The Coterie's production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," Baron Bomburst (Jerry Jay Cranford) and Baroness Bomburst (Julie Shaw) express their love for each other through song and a series of gags and tricks.</p><p>"We are the Baron and Baroness of Vulgaria. I am about to have my birthday party, and I am very excited about it and completely forget that she’s alive," explains Cranford, a Broadway veteran, with a laugh.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:06:06 +0000 Julie Denesha 57515 at http://kcur.org WATCH: In This Scene ... 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Todd Bolender To Be Honored At 2nd Annual Kansas City Dance Festival http://kcur.org/post/todd-bolender-be-honored-2nd-annual-kansas-city-dance-festival <p>This weekend,&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Georgia; line-height: normal;">the second annual <a href="http://kcdancefestival.com">Kansas City Dance Festival</a> gets under way, assembling dancers and choreographers from the local, national and international stage. </span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:53:37 +0000 Julie Denesha 57216 at http://kcur.org Todd Bolender To Be Honored At 2nd Annual Kansas City Dance Festival Heartland Men’s Chorus Brings Vegas Strip To Folly Stage http://kcur.org/post/heartland-men-s-chorus-brings-vegas-strip-folly-stage <p>Kicking off the summer with a trip to the Vegas strip, Heartland Men’s Chorus is bringing “Vegas Baby” to the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Mo., in what's envisioned as a lavish spectacle. The chorus, with 150 singers, will be joined by magicians, showgirls and aerial acrobatics.</p><p>Guest conductor Anthony T. Edwards says one of the highlights for him will be seeing Quixotic perform onstage as the chorus sings Cirque du Soleil’s <em>Let Me Fall</em>.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:18:27 +0000 Julie Denesha 57079 at http://kcur.org Heartland Men’s Chorus Brings Vegas Strip To Folly Stage From Page To Park: Controlling The Chaos And Finding A Rhythm http://kcur.org/post/page-park-controlling-chaos-and-finding-rhythm <p>For more than two decades, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has turned Southmoreland Park into a place where Hamlet posed questions, Macbeth’s witches toiled and troubled, and Romeo and Juliet professed their love. This year’s production of <em>The Winter’s Tale</em>, one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, will come to life thanks to like-minded artists whose collective goal is to make the play leap effortlessly <em>From Page To Park</em>.</p><p><strong>Getting started</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 57091 at http://kcur.org From Page To Park: Controlling The Chaos And Finding A Rhythm 5 Things To Know About 'The Winter's Tale' http://kcur.org/post/5-things-know-about-winters-tale <p>This summer, <a href="http://www.kcshakes.org/">Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> presents the tragicomedy,<em> The Winter's Tale</em>, in Southmoreland Park in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>It marks the first time the 22-year-old festival has staged the play, which explores the nature of jealousy.</p><p>Here's a quick summary: Leontes, the King of Sicily (played by Bruce Roach), suspects that his wife, Hermione (Cinnamon Schultz) has been unfaithful. She's pregnant and Leontes accuses her of having an affair with his childhood friend, Polixenes, the King of Bohemia (John Rensenhouse).</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 56786 at http://kcur.org 5 Things To Know About 'The Winter's Tale' KC Rep Receives Lead Gift For Renovation Project http://kcur.org/post/kc-rep-receives-lead-gift-renovation-project <p>The <a href="http://www.kcrep.org/">Kansas City Repertory Theatre</a> on Wednesday announced&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">$3 million from the Hall Family Foundation,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the largest gift in the company's history. The funds will support the renovations of the Spencer </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and its lobby in James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the </span>UMKC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> campus.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:58:12 +0000 Laura Spencer 56814 at http://kcur.org KC Rep Receives Lead Gift For Renovation Project Kansas City Theater Scene Celebrates 50 Years http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-theater-scene-celebrates-50-years <p>The 1960s marked “the second golden age” in Kansas City’s theater history, according to historian Felicia Hardison Londré. It was a time of transition from touring companies providing entertainment to the city creating its own.</p><p>For Kansas City, this meant the creation of the first resident professional theater company since the 1930s: the Missouri Repertory Theatre, now known as the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The “solid foundation” of the Rep, said Londré<em>, </em>led to the thriving theater scene across the Kansas City metro today.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:54:50 +0000 Laura Spencer 56528 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Theater Scene Celebrates 50 Years Kansas City Repertory Theatre Turns 50 http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-repertory-theatre-turns-50 <p></p><p><a href="http://www.kcrep.org/" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas City Repertory </span>Theatre</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kcrep.org/" target="_blank"> </a>was founded in 1964 by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_McIlrath">Patricia </a></span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_McIlrath">McIlrath</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The company has moved, the name has changed, and this non-profit </span>theater <span style="line-height: 1.5;">group has expanded in the 50 years since. </span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 56540 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Repertory Theatre Turns 50 The Weekend To-Do List: May 30-June 1 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-may-30-june-1 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you're looking for a variety of entertainment this weekend, look no further than Brian </span>McTavish's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Weekend To-Do List for May 30-June 1.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 23:28:46 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 56544 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: May 30-June 1 WATCH: Tools Of The Trade, A Ballet Dancer's Shoes http://kcur.org/post/watch-tools-trade-ballet-dancers-shoes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The modern </span>pointe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shoe has kept ballerinas on their toes since the early </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Century.</span></p><p>Each delicate, custom-made satin and leather shoe endures a punishing routine that begins even before a dancer places a shoe on her foot.</p><p class="p1">As part of an occasional series called <em>Tools of the Trade&nbsp;</em>about performers and their relationship to the tools that make their work possible, I talked to members of the Kansas City Ballet about shoes.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 55643 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Tools Of The Trade, A Ballet Dancer's Shoes Male Dancers Take On Stepsister Roles In 'Cinderella' http://kcur.org/post/male-dancers-take-stepsister-roles-cinderella <p>Choreographer <a href="https://www.cballet.org/about/ceo">Victoria Morgan</a>, artistic director and CEO of the Cincinnati Ballet, based her narrative ballet, <em>Cinderella</em>, on the classic story by Charles Perrault, as well as drawing on her own experience dancing the title role in previous productions. The Kansas City Ballet presents the work, which opens this weekend.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 16:01:34 +0000 Laura Spencer 55416 at http://kcur.org Male Dancers Take On Stepsister Roles In 'Cinderella' WATCH: Time-Lapse Transformation Into Cinderella's Stepsisters http://kcur.org/post/watch-time-lapse-transformation-cinderellas-stepsisters <p>This weekend, the Kansas City Ballet presents a classic fairy tale, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella"><em>Cinderella</em></a>. It's the story of a girl who's magically transformed for one night, and attends a ball where she meets her prince.</p><p>In choreographer Victoria Morgan's version, Cinderella's wicked stepsisters are played by two men, with a great deal of humor.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 55231 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Time-Lapse Transformation Into Cinderella's Stepsisters Frida Kahlo Comes Alive In The Living Room's 'Frida...A Self Portrait' http://kcur.org/post/frida-kahlo-comes-alive-living-rooms-fridaa-self-portrait <p></p><p>Much like Vincent Van Gogh, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo wasn’t famous in her own lifetime. A new play at The Living Room examines the artist's trials and tribulations, especially a series of tragic events that would have daunted many people but actually motivated her to paint in the first place.</p><p>Kahlo had a look as distinctive as her art. In a series of self-portraits, she emits a piercing stare from beneath an arched unibrow and a crown of braids. And her work has found the acclaim that eluded her in life.</p><p><strong>Picture perfect</strong></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Steve Walker 55241 at http://kcur.org Frida Kahlo Comes Alive In The Living Room's 'Frida...A Self Portrait' Puerto Rican Characters Lend 'Water By The Spoonful' A Splash Of Diversity http://kcur.org/post/puerto-rican-characters-lend-water-spoonful-splash-diversity <p></p><p>The <a href="http://unicorntheatre.org">Unicorn Theatre's </a>production of<em> Water by the Spoonful </em>marks the local premiere of the <a href="http://pulitzer.org">Pulitzer Prize</a>-winning drama. But the play may be more noteworthy for its meaty, multi-layered characters of Puerto Rican heritage, and the fact that the actors playing them represent ethnic diversity that's rare to see on a Kansas City stage.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 54958 at http://kcur.org Puerto Rican Characters Lend 'Water By The Spoonful' A Splash Of Diversity Kansas City Art Institute Students Interpret Lyric Opera's 'Die Fledermaus' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-art-institute-students-interpret-lyric-operas-die-fledermaus <p>It's a Thursday morning in the rehearsal space at the Lyric Opera Center in the Crossroads Arts District. About 20 students from the Kansas City Art Institute stand on either side of a long table covered with sketches, floor and building plans and colorful set drawings. They reach into pockets to snap photos with cell phones, or focus in with larger cameras.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:58:43 +0000 Laura Spencer 54947 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Art Institute Students Interpret Lyric Opera's 'Die Fledermaus' WATCH: Lyric Opera's Apprentice Program Nurtures Young Voices http://kcur.org/post/watch-lyric-operas-apprentice-program-nurtures-young-voices <p>For the past 25 years, the <a href="https://www.kcopera.org/programs/apprentice-program/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s apprentice program </a>has offered graduate-level voice students at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City a chance to develop their operatic skills on a professional stage.</p><p>Auditions for the two-year program are competitive; there are only about a handful of positions. The apprentices then have the opportunity to appear in either two or three productions at the Lyric each year.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 54883 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Lyric Opera's Apprentice Program Nurtures Young Voices Kansas City Actor Emerges On A Bigger Stage http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-actor-emerges-bigger-stage <p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:40:13 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 54944 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Actor Emerges On A Bigger Stage New Musical At KC Rep Examines A Family And Its Secrets http://kcur.org/post/new-musical-kc-rep-examines-family-and-its-secrets <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It seems every new musical is based on a familiar movie, such as the current Broadway productions of <em>Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway</em>, and <em>Aladdin</em>. There are notable exceptions, though - original stories crafted from pure imagination.</p><p>Opening its world premiere production at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is a show taking up that challenge called<em> A Little More Alive</em>.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Steve Walker 54155 at http://kcur.org New Musical At KC Rep Examines A Family And Its Secrets The Weekend To-Do List, March 21-23, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-march-21-23-2014 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Get that spring into your step with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 21-23, 2014.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://kcopera.org" target="_blank">Lyric Opera of Kansas City: “La Boheme”</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (Classic opera by Giacomo Puccini), 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $90 to $160&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:03:55 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Beth Lipoff 52946 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List, March 21-23, 2014 'War Horse' Salutes World War I's Equine Brigade http://kcur.org/post/war-horse-salutes-world-war-equine-brigade <p>The <a href="http://theworldwar.org/">National World War I Museum</a>, housed at the base of the Liberty Memorial, is this year marking the 100th anniversary of the start of that war. By pure coincidence, the national tour of the Tony Award-winning play <em>War Horse</em> arrives at the Music Hall next month, creating a rare convergence of history and theatricality in Kansas City.</p><p><strong>Confounding the skeptics</strong></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:51:21 +0000 Steve Walker 52659 at http://kcur.org 'War Horse' Salutes World War I's Equine Brigade UMKC Theater Design Students Draw Inspiration From Visiting Artists http://kcur.org/post/umkc-theater-design-students-draw-inspiration-visiting-artists <p>For the past 16 years, University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate students in <a href="http://www.umkctheatre.org/">theater design</a> have participated in an intensive professional training exercise called a charette. Visiting artists from the profession visit the university&nbsp;to both encourage and critique the students, who are given five days to design the set, costumes or lighting for a production that will never really open.</p><p><strong>Drawing inspiration</strong></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 52107 at http://kcur.org UMKC Theater Design Students Draw Inspiration From Visiting Artists