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A Lesson in The Arts
September 18, 2011
Cover story with pictures tells of the Alcott Arts Center at 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Named for Louisa May Alcott, the center provides music, theater, and art for children. The nonprofit organization...
A Natural-Born Theater Man
August 12, 2007
The Theater League, directed by founder and president Mark Edelman, brought musicals and plays to Kansas City from 1977 until 2007. From 1977 to 198,1 performances took place at the Lyric Theater, then...
African Americans in Early Kansas City Theater
This book contains information concerning African Americans and their participation in early Kansas City theater and entertainment. Information includes performers names and where they played. See the...
Archives Building Up Blevins Davis Collection
Biographical article about Blevins Davis, "an international figure in theatrical productions and playwright circles," a former Independence school teacher and administrator associated with the performing...
Backstage Theater News
October 5, 1969
News article about the "Black Contemporary Players," a theater company formed in 1968 in Kansas City, Kansas. The company's scheduled performances around the metro area are listed with descriptions or...
Biography of the Dubinsky Brothers, Entertainers--Maurice (1882-1929); Edward (circa 1886-1960); and Barney (1892-1949)
British Exchange Set to Change
June 9, 2011
The new Central Standard Theatre, a for-profit theater company that will produce plays in Kansas City and the Untied Kingdom, was formed by Bob Paisley, a co-founder of the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre....
March 14, 2008
Kansas City Costume Co., located at 2020 Grand Boulevard, has put its three-story building up for sale, asking $3 million. "Kansas City Costume, which has been in business since 1925, is a theatrical rental...
Cowtown in the Spotlight
May 22, 2010
Kansas City's theater scene has attracted the attention of New York critics. The reputation of The "Rep" (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) has grown, and New York critics have given its productions excellent...
D. Austin Latchaw
This book contains information on D. Austin Latchaw (1861-1948), a local drama critic for several Kansas City newspapers. Latchaw used the book's title for his 60-chapter Kansas City theater reminiscences...
Eugene Field and Theater: the Missouri Years
Discusses Field's work in and writing about local theatrical productions.
August 28, 2011
The Arts & Entertainment section previews offerings for the coming year, including the new Kauffman Performing Arts Center productions, shows, and concerts.
Get Ready, Manhattan, for KC's 'Lucky Duck'
March 16, 2012
The musical "Lucky Duck" officially opened at the New Victory Theatre in New York City on March 16, 2012. Written by composer Henry Krieger, the production is a "satirical re-telling of the Ugly Duckling...
November 14, 2009
The article highlights Christian Youth Theater, now in its 10th year in Kansas City. More than 400 students, beginning at age 6, participate in 10 weeks of after-school acting, voice and dance classes,...
JCC's Old Resident Theatre's History Profiled in New Book
January 5, 2012
Article discussing the history of the Jewish Community Center's Resident Theatre. Opened in 1932, the theatre was extremely popular from the 1940s through the 1960s. It closed in 1983. Richard Piland's...
Local Black Theatre Company Finds Way to Appeal to Community
August 28, 2009
Article describes Jeric Productions, a new theater company that will perform plays written by African American playwrights. Ric Jefferson and Jeremy Gassen have organized the group, and performances will...
Local Libraries Offer Up Much More than Books
February 26, 2014
Article describes various initiatives by Kansas City-area public libraries to introduce new technologies and diversified programming in order to attract patrons and remain relevant in an age when book...
Local Resident Pursues Hollywood Dream
February 29-March 6, 2008
Article profiles actress Donna Hoskins, a former resident of Kansas City who has appeared in several Hollywood films under her stage name, Blaise Brooks. Hoskins is a gradute of Franklin Elementary, Ashland...
Lyric Opera of KC Announces Retirement of General Director Evan Luskin
March 18, 2011
The general director of the Lyric Opera, Evan Luskin, will retire on June 30, 2011. Luskin has been with the company since 1986 and started his career as managing director. He was promoted to general director...
Lyric Opera Sees Minor Role Take Star Turn
August 31-September 6, 2012
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City has moved to a new facility in the Crossroads Arts District at 1725 Holmes Street. At 60,000 square feet, the new building contains storage for current and old scenery, props,...
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