Heart of America Shakespeare Festival http://kcur.org en From Page To Park: Parting With Sweet Sorrow http://kcur.org/post/page-park-parting-sweet-sorrow <p>The cast and crew of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s <em>The Winter’s Tale</em> have shared three weeks of rehearsals and 17 and a half performances since they <a href="http://kcur.org/post/page-park-controlling-chaos-and-finding-rhythm">gathered for their first read through</a> at the end of May.</p><p>There was one complete rain out and one at intermission — but all in all, healthy crowds, nearly 23,000 people, for one of Shakespeare's lesser known titles. The final installment of the series <em>From Page to Park</em> explores what it means for a company to close a show.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 58689 at http://kcur.org From Page To Park: Parting With Sweet Sorrow WATCH: 'The Winter’s Tale’ Set Comes Down http://kcur.org/post/watch-winter-s-tale-set-comes-down <p>The sound of power drills pierced the air on a humid Monday morning as several dozen crew members dismantled the set of "The Winter’s Tale" in Southmoreland Park in Kansas City, Mo.<br /><br />The evening glow from the set’s blue and gray spires had long faded. From a grassy hill, <a href="http://tenthmusemusic.com">Greg Mackender</a>, resident composer and musician for the <a href="http://www.kcshakes.org">Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> stood taking photographs on his camera phone before packing away his instruments.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 58512 at http://kcur.org WATCH: 'The Winter’s Tale’ Set Comes Down 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 Local Listen: Greg Mackender http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-greg-mackender <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.kcshakes.org/">Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> begins this weekend and while the play may be the thing, there’s live music too.</p><p>During performances of <em>The Winter's Tale</em>, there are three musicians on stage, including resident composer Greg Mackender on percussion and mallets, <span class="st">Sascha Groschang</span> on cello and Laura Parks on violin.</p><p>"I left a lot of openings for impromptu types of things," says Mackender. "There are other spots where they can get a little livelier, we can play around a little bit."</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:44:58 +0000 Danie Alexander & Laura Spencer 57671 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Greg Mackender 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' Kansas City Actor Goes From Shakespeare To ‘House Of Cards’ http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-actor-goes-shakespeare-house-cards <p></p><p>In the Netflix series, <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/House_of_Cards/70178217?locale=en-US"><em>House of Cards</em></a>, actor Nathan Darrow, a native of Kansas City, plays Edward Meechum. It's an understated role, but he's the keeper of secrets as the bodyguard and driver for ruthless Congressman Francis "Frank" Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 45962 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Actor Goes From Shakespeare To ‘House Of Cards’ Shakespeare Camp Encourages Girls To Find Their Own Voices http://kcur.org/post/shakespeare-camp-encourages-girls-find-their-own-voices <p>For 18 of its 21 seasons, the <a href="https://www.kcshakes.org/">Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> has been running <a href="https://www.kcshakes.org/?page=education_summer_programs">summer camps for kids</a> in conjunction with the play or plays in Southmoreland Park.</p><p>This summer, camps were held at nine different locations, where a three-week session called <a href="https://www.kcshakes.org/full_content.php?article_id=871&amp;full=yes&amp;pbr=1">Shakespeare Unbound</a> is reserved exclusively for girls ages eight to 15.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker & Julie Denesha 40620 at http://kcur.org Shakespeare Camp Encourages Girls To Find Their Own Voices Father And Son On Stage At Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival http://kcur.org/post/father-and-son-stage-heart-america-shakespeare-festival <p></p><p>This year, in its 21<sup>st</sup> season, the<a href="http://www.kcshakes.org/"> Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> presents the romantic comedy, <em>As You Like It</em>. The production features conflicts between brothers, and a circuitous path to love.</p><p>Two actors – a father and son - talk about the challenges of acting in the same production and carrying on a family tradition.</p><p><strong>A childhood in theaters leads to a career on the stage</strong></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:15:34 +0000 Laura Spencer 39002 at http://kcur.org Father And Son On Stage At Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival Feeling Groovy At The Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival http://kcur.org/post/feeling-groovy-heart-america-shakespeare-festival <p>This year's<a href="http://www.kcshakes.org/index.php"> Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> production of <em>As You Like It</em>, 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 <em>Measure for Measure</em> in 1998.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:10:10 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 38505 at http://kcur.org Feeling Groovy At The Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival [VIDEO] In This Scene... 'As You Like It' http://kcur.org/post/video-scene-you-it <p>The <a href="http://www.kcshakes.org/">Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival</a> celebrates its 21st season in Southmoreland Park with the comedy <em>As You Like It</em>. This year, the production is set in 1967 and the costumes and music hearken back to the Summer of Love.</p><p><strong>Act Three, Scene Two, In The Forest of Arden</strong></p><p>In this scene, Rosalind, played by Carla Noack, is banished from her uncle's court. She takes refuge in the Forest of Arden disguised as the boy, Ganymede. There she meets Orlando, played by Todd Carlton Lanker.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 38586 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] In This Scene... 'As You Like It' Shakespeare Festival Doubles Down With Two Shows In Rep http://kcur.org/post/shakespeare-festival-doubles-down-two-shows-rep <p>This year&#39;s <a href="http://www.kcshakes.org">Heart of America Shakespeare Festival </a>is going back and forth between comedy and tragedy on alternate nights, returning to a two-show season performed in repertory, which it hasn&#39;t done in a decade.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 19557 at http://kcur.org Shakespeare Festival Doubles Down With Two Shows In Rep