Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

WATCH: 'The Winter’s Tale’ Set Comes Down

Crew members pull down 'The Winter's Tale' set.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

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.

The evening glow from the set’s blue and gray spires had long faded. From a grassy hill, Greg Mackender, resident composer and musician for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival stood taking photographs on his camera phone before packing away his instruments.

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Arts & Culture
9:51 am
Fri June 27, 2014

From Page To Park: Focus And Anticipation At A Tech Rehearsal

Walking through a scene during a tech rehearsal for “The Winter’s Tale” Jan Rogge (Paulina) listens for instructions from director Sidonie Garrett on stage in Southmoreland Park.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s production of "The Winter’s Tale" is well underway. But it takes a lot of time and effort – and people — to put the show together. For our series, From Page to Park, we’re taking a behind-the-scenes look at the process.

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.

Breaking it down and putting it back together

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Up To Date
3:44 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Local Listen: Greg Mackender

"The Winter's Tale" at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.
Credit Roger Ridpath / Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival begins this weekend and while the play may be the thing, there’s live music too.

During performances of The Winter's Tale, there are three musicians on stage, including resident composer Greg Mackender on percussion and mallets, Sascha Groschang, on cello and Laura Parks on violin.

"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."

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

From Page To Park: Controlling The Chaos And Finding A Rhythm

Actor Bruce Roach (at left) and choreographer and movement coach Tracy Terstriep take a closer look at a three-dimensional model of the set on the first day of rehearsal.
Julie Denesha KCUR

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 The Winter’s Tale, 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 From Page To Park.

Getting started

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

5 Things To Know About 'The Winter's Tale'

Sidonie Garrett, executive artistic director of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, holds a model of the set for "The Winter's Tale."
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

This summer, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents the tragicomedy, The Winter's Tale, in Southmoreland Park in Kansas City, Mo.

It marks the first time the 22-year-old festival has staged the play, which explores the nature of jealousy.

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Performance
5:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Kansas City Actor Goes From Shakespeare To ‘House Of Cards’

Nathan Darrow plays Edward Meechum, Congressman Francis 'Frank' Underwood's bodyguard and driver in 'House of Cards.'
Credit Netflix

In the Netflix series, House of Cards, 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.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Shakespeare Camp Encourages Girls To Find Their Own Voices

For 18 of its 21 seasons, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has been running summer camps for kids in conjunction with the play or plays in Southmoreland Park.

This summer, camps were held at nine different locations, where a three-week session called Shakespeare Unbound is reserved exclusively for girls ages eight to 15.

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Performance
9:15 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Father And Son On Stage At Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival

During a rehearsal, Orlando, played by Todd Carlton Lanker, and Oliver, played by Matt Rapport (in the center), struggle. Adam, played by Michael Linsley Rapport (at right), looks on in dismay.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

This year, in its 21st season, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents the romantic comedy, As You Like It. The production features conflicts between brothers, and a circuitous path to love.

Two actors – a father and son - talk about the challenges of acting in the same production and carrying on a family tradition.

A childhood in theaters leads to a career on the stage

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Performance
10:10 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Feeling Groovy At The Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival

As raindrops begin to fall over a dress rehearsal performance, Mark Robbins, as Duke Frederick, holds out his hand to catch a drop.
Julie Denesha KCUR

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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Performance
5:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene... 'As You Like It'

Rosalind, played by Carla Noack, and Orlando, played by Todd Carlton Lanker, in 'As You Like It'.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 21st season in Southmoreland Park with the comedy As You Like It. This year, the production is set in 1967 and the costumes and music hearken back to the Summer of Love.

Act Three, Scene Two, In The Forest of Arden

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.

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Performance
5:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Shakespeare Festival Doubles Down With Two Shows In Rep

Bruce Roach (left) with co-stars in "Antony and Cleopatra"
Brian Collins fixation media

This year's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is going back and forth between comedy and tragedy on alternate nights, returning to a two-show season performed in repertory, which it hasn't done in a decade. 

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