THE WIZ, OLIVER and More Set for Crown Center, Dec 2013 thru Dec 2014

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THE WIZ, OLIVER and More Set for Crown Center, Dec 2013 thru Dec 2014

The Crown Center has released their calendar events from December 2013 to December 2014.

Now through March 9
Crown Center Ice Terrace

Crown Center Square. Kansas City's only public outdoor ice skating rink is open for its 41st season of great skating fun. Regular admission is $6, or complimentary for those over age 60 and children age 4 and under. Skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own. Hours through January: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday. Hours during February and March: noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 11 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday. 816-274-8411. (The rink is open until March 9, 2014.)

Now through January 5
"The Wiz"

The Coterie, Crown Center Shops, Level 1. This Tony Award-winning timeless classic is a multicultural view of Oz with a soulful twist. Based on The Coterie's acclaimed 2011 staging, described as "an event so unique and imaginative it's in a class by itself" (The Kansas City Star), Dorothy and three friends ease on down a fabulous yellow brick road. A Coterie Shines series production intended for elementary and older audiences.816-474-6552 or TheCoterie.org.

November 29
Santa's Arrival at Crown Center

Crown Center Shops, Grand Boulevard entrance. Santa Claus arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season. Perry the Penguin, Tip from Crayola and other costume characters help greet Jolly Ol' St. Nick. Join Santa as he makes his way to Crayola Christmas Land, where he resides through December 24. No admission fee. 10 a.m. 816-274-8444.

November 29
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Crown Center Square. The 100-foot-tall Mayor's Christmas Tree, one of the nation's tallest, is the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration. Mayor Sly James and Kansas City's own Tech N9ne will flip the switch to light the tree. The tree is a symbol of the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund, which is dedicated to assisting the city's less fortunate. Program begins at 5:30 p.m. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

After the holidays, the wood from the Mayor's Christmas Tree is made into commemorative ornaments, which are sold the following year to benefit the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund.

November 29 - December 31
Santa's Crayola Christmas Land

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Showplace. Children can play on super-sized Crayola products, while waiting to tell Santa all their holiday wishes. Santa is in residence November 29 through December 24. The Crayola Christmas Land play area is open through December 31. No admission fee. Photos with Santa are available for a fee. Open during Crown Center Shops holiday hours. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Closed Christmas Day. 816-274-8444.

November 29 - December 31
Santa's Gingerbread Village

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Three locomotives travel through a Santa's gingerbread village in the North Pole, all created by the chefs at The Westin Kansas City and Sheraton Kansas City hotels. See the reindeer stable, Santa's sleigh garage, the elves' dorm, a doll, rocking horse, and ball factory, and even Mr. & Mrs. Claus' home. No admission fee. Open during Crown Center Shops holiday hours. Closed Christmas Day. 816-274-8444.

December 1-19
Holiday Choirs

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Beautiful music fills the halls of Crown Center, as more than 130 area school, church and community choirs perform on weekdays and Sundays. No admission fee. 816-274-8444 or CrownCenter.com/Choirs.

December 5-22
"A Spectacular Christmas"

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Musical Theater Heritage's holiday show features a sackful of classic Christmastime songs from movies and musicals. It is funny, heartfelt, and sentimental, and features many of KC's best-loved local performers. The performances will move you, and it's perfect for the family at Christmastime! 816- 545-6000 or MTHKC.com.

December 7 and 14
Musical Fun For Kids

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Enjoy holiday music for kids and families on the first two Saturdays of December. The Doo Dads perform December 7, followed by Dino O'Dell & the T-Rex All-Stars on December 14. Shows at noon and 2 p.m. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

December 23
Steven's Big Birthday Bash

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. This promises to be a highly entertaining affair, as Egads Theatre Co. throws its benefit bash at Off Center. 816-545-6000 or EgadsTheatre.com.

January 18
All-Star LEGO Building Challenge

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Participants, ages 8-15, will be given 30 minutes each round to build a LEGO model based on a set theme. Amazing prizes are up for grabs. Visit LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/KansasCity.

January 28 - February 23
"Afflicted: Daughters of Salem"

The Coterie, Crown Center Shops, Level 1. A world premiere from the playwright of the nationally-produced, Coterie-commissioned hit play, "The Wrestling Season," comes this story of the Salem girls - Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, Mercy Lewis, Mary Walcott and Betty Paris - and the crucible of events that led to the contagious Salem Witch Trials. Amongst the girls, allies are found, promises made and broken, power taken...deep in the woods of Puritan New England. A Coterie Sparks series production intended for preteen and older audiences. 816-474-6552 or TheCoterie.org.

February 1-14
Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Crown Center Shops, Level 2 Customer Service. Spend $50 at any Crown Center shop, restaurant or theatre during February 1-14 and get one complimentary gift wrap. Simply take your receipts to Customer Service by February 14, during regular shopping hours, to redeem. 816-274-8444.

February 1 - May 4
75 Years of Oz, Oh My!

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Showplace. There's no place like Crown Center to celebrate the 75th anniversary of America's favorite movie, "The Wizard of Oz." Trace Dorothy's footsteps through the Land of Oz: from the moment her house plops down in Munchkin Land until she clicks her ruby red slippers to return to Kansas. Along the yellow brick road, families can tour the enchanting world of the Munchkins, meet up with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, as well as locate the Wizard in the Emerald City and sneak inside the Wicked Witch's eerie castle. A section of the exhibit will showcase Oz memorabilia from local Oz enthusiast Jane Albright. This children's exhibit is open during Crown Center Shops regular shopping hours. Closed Easter Sunday. 816-274-8444.

February 3-7
Crown Center District Homeschool Week

Crown Center District. Enjoy special activities and discounts throughout the Crown Center District at these attractions: The Coterie, Hallmark Visitors Center, Kaleidoscope, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Money Museum at The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, National World War I Museum, SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, Union Station and the Sheraton Kansas City and Westin Kansas City Hotels at Crown Center. 816-274-8444.

February 6-16
"Motherhood Out Loud"

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Presented by Spinning Tree Theatre, scenes of the joys, agonies and clichés of being a mom. 816-545-6000 or SpinningTreeTheatre.com.

February 17
Musical Theater Heritage's Musical Monday

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. An intimate evening of musical theatre starring KC's finest performers. These shows always sell out! Reservations required. 816-221-6987 or MTHKC.com.

February 22
KCPT Kids On Ice Skate with Clifford

Crown Center Ice Terrace. Skate with Clifford the Big Red Dog from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission and skate rental fees during that time are donated to KCPT. Regular admission is $6, or complimentary for those over age 60 and children age four and under. Skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own. 816-274-8411.

February 25 - March 9
"I Was a Teenage Immortal: Geek Mythology"

The Coterie, Crown Center Shops, Level 1. Sully is a girl who dresses all in black, skulks around in corners, writes short poems about pain and silence, and bites her nails to the quick. Derrick dreams of starting a band called The Immortals, but he can't get anyone else to join. Sully catches Derrick playing music all by himself after hours at school. There, a pantheon of Greek Gods is summoned to the high school auditorium, forever changing the lives of the two loners who called them. A world premiere musical, this Coterie Sparks series production intended for preteen and older audiences.816-474-6552 or TheCoterie.org.

February 28 - March 13
"Godspell"

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Egads Theatre Co. presents the legendary Stephen Schwartz musical. 816-545-6000 or EgadsTheatre.com.

March 1 and 8
Glinda the Good Witch visits

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Glinda the Good Witch character appears at Crown Center, posing for photos and visiting with fans, in conjunction with Crown Center's "70 Years of Oz, Oh My!' exhibit. No admission fee. Noon to 4 p.m. 816-274-8444.

March 15, 22, 29
Wizard of Oz costumed characters

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion appear at Crown Center, posing for photos and visiting with fans, in conjunction with Crown Center's "70 Years of Oz, Oh My!' exhibit. No admission fee. Noon to 4 p.m. 816-274-8444.

March 27 - April 13
Bernstein's Broadway

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Musical Theater Heritage offers up an evening of Leonard Bernstein favorites. 816- 545-6000 or MTHKC.com.

April 8 - May 18
"Schoolhouse Rock Live!"

The Coterie, Crown Center Shops, Level 1. This award-winning musical, based on ABC-TV's educational animated series and directed by Ron MeGee, teaches history, grammar, math, science and government through clever, tuneful songs, instructing a whole new generation to "Unpack Your Adjectives" and meet up at "Conjunction Junction" to add some "Interjections!" A Coterie Shines series production intended for elementary and older audiences.816-474-6552 or TheCoterie.org.

April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Coterie Ignites "Schoolhouse Rock Live!"

The Coterie, Crown Center Shops, Level 1. Pull on your PJs and get a complimentary bowl of cereal as The Coterie makes Saturday night feel like Saturday morning again, with a special rockin' Coterie Ignites edition of "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" Host Ron MeGee has special treats in store if you wear retro gear or pajamas! Sing-along, mayhem and '70s madness. Coterie Ignites performances are intended for audiences ages 13 and older. Showtime is 9 p.m. 816-474-6552 or TheCoterie.org.

April 12-13 and 18-19
The Easter Bunny visits Crown Center

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. The Easter Bunny greets children at Crown Center. A professional photographer will be taking pictures for a fee and visitors are welcome to bring their cameras. Noon to 4 p.m. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

April 14
Musical Theater Heritage's Musical Monday

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. An intimate evening of musical theatre starring KC's finest performers. These shows always sell out! Reservations required. 816-221-6987 or MTHKC.com.

April 14-18, 21-25
Spring Choir Performances

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Local choirs will entertain Crown Center visitors each weekday. 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

May 1-10
Mother's Day Gift Wrap Promotion

Crown Center Shops, Level 2 Customer Service. Spend $50 at any Crown Center shop, restaurant or theatre during May 1-12 and get one complimentary gift wrap. Simply take your receipts to Customer Service by May 12, during regular shopping hours, to redeem. 816-274-8444.

May 4
Young Playwrights Festival

The Coterie, Crown Center Shops, Level 1. Rich and varied theatrical writings evolve from a year-long process by our city's most gifted young playwrights who have emerged from The Coterie's Young Playwrights Roundtable. See a collection of new plays forged into an ambitious festival of script-in-hand readings staged by professional artists. A Coterie Writes production intended for teenage and older audiences.816-474-6552 or TheCoterie.org.

May 8-24
"A Little Night Music"

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Spinning Tree Theatre presents a production by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler following the romantic lives of several couples. 816-545-6000 or SpinningTreeTheatre.com.

May 17
Heart of America Concours d'Elegance

Crown Center Square. Jaguar, Austin Healey and MGA owners from around the region will display their cars and have them judged for awards in many classes. Presented by the Heart of America Jaguar Club. 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

May 24 - September 7
Super Kids Save the World

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Showplace. Developed by The Magic House , St. Louis Children's Museum. Super kids become super heroes when given the power to go green! Based on the children's book "George Saves the World by Lunchtime," the exhibit's big message is Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle. In the Garden, kids pick fresh vegetables before selling them in The Farmer's Market. They can sort and hang laundry in the House, sell funky clothes at the Re-Use Charity Shop and use their scientific skills to learn about solar power and bio-fuel in the Research Lab. Kids can also explore the Recycle Center, equipped with a conveyor belt and recycling truck, then fill up the tank of a real Smart Car. The exhibit is open during Crown Center Shops regular shopping hours. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

May 24-25
Jiggle Jam Family Fest
Crown Center Square. Returning for a seventh fantastic year, featuring national and local children's entertainers. Many kids activities to enjoy. Festival hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Call 816-997-8511 or visit KCJiggleJam.com for ticket information.

June 7
HospitAl Hill Run

Crown Center Square. This premier Kansas City road racing event is nationally recognized by Runner's World magazine. Races include a 13.1-mile half marathon, 10K race and 5K run/walk, all starting and ending at Crown Center Square. 7 a.m. For registration information, visit HospitalHillRun.com.

June 13 - July 12
"Lysistrata Jones"

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Egads Theatre Co. presents a musical comedy adaptation of Aristophonaes' comedy "Lysistrata." 816-545-6000 or EgadsTheatre.com.

June 14-15
Crown Center Antique Festival

Crown Center Square. The festival's 14th year will feature pottery, china, toys, linens, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, books and much more. More than 100 booths. Regular festival hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

June 17 - August 3, 2014
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"

The Coterie, Crown Center Shops, Level 1. Part of The Coterie's acclaimed Lab for New Family Musicals, this is the world premiere of the theatre for young audiences version, based on the Broadway production of the MGM motion picture. Take a fantastic adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. The sensational songs include "Truly Scrumptious," Toot Sweets," "Hushabye Mountain," and the Oscar-nominated title song. A Coterie Shines series production intended for elementary and older audiences.816-474-6552 or TheCoterie.org.

June 20-22
Fiesta Kansas City

Crown Center Square. Celebrate Hispanic culture at this 14th annual event, which features great music, food, dancing and exhibits. Sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. Festival hours are 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday; Noon to 11 p.m., Saturday; Noon to 10 p.m., Sunday. Check FiestaKansasCity.com or call 816-472-6767 for ticket prices.

June 23
Musical Theater Heritage's Musical Monday

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. An intimate evening of musical theatre starring KC's finest performers. These shows always sell out! Reservations required. 816-221-6987 or MTHKC.com.

July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8
WeekEnder

Crown Center Square. Cap off your work week with top local bands and favorite food trucks. Shop the wares of KC artisans and finish the evening with a famous flick under the stars. Festivities begin at 5 p.m., with the movie starting at approximately 9 p.m. No admission fee. (Please note: outside food and beverages are not permitted at the WeekEnder. Pets are also not permitted.) 816-274-8444.

July 17-27
KC Fringe Festival

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Now in its tenth year, the KC Fringe Festival is a city-wide celebration of local, regional and national artists. Visit KCFringe.org for details about events to be held at Off Center Theatre.

July 28
Musical Theater Heritage's Musical Monday

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. An intimate evening of musical theatre starring KC's finest performers. These shows always sell out! Reservations required. 816-221-6987 or MTHKC.com.

August 2
Clown Show

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Bring the kids to see a special stage performance by area clowns. Noon to 1 p.m. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

August 7-24
"South Pacific"

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Presented by Musical Theater Heritage, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic follows the lives of U.S. military men, nurses and residents of a Polynesian island during World War II. 816- 545-6000 or MTHKC.com.

August 29-31
Kansas City Irish Fest

Crown Center Square and Off Center Theatre (Crown Center Shops, Level 3). Commemorate Kansas City's proud Celtic heritage with three days of music, dancing and exhibits. The festival will feature more than two dozen locally and nationally known bands, playing traditional music and Celtic rock. Off Center Theatre will host Irish comics. Festival hours: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call 816-561-7555 or visit KCIrishFest.com for ticket information.

September 6-7
Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival

Crown Center Square. Artists start with empty squares of asphalt and by the end of the weekend, these squares will be transformed into magnificent pieces of artwork. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. No admission fee. Visit KCChalkAndWalk.org for more information. 816-274-8444.

September 8
Musical Theater Heritage's Musical Monday

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. An intimate evening of musical theatre starring KC's finest performers. These shows always sell out! Reservations required. 816-221-6987 or MTHKC.com.

October 4, 11, 18, 25
October Puppet Show Series

Crown Center Shops Atrium, Level 1. A Crown Center tradition continues with performances from the region's most exciting puppeteers. Shows at noon and 2 p.m. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

October 10-12
The Art of John Lennon

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Showplace. This exhibit, from the Pacific Edge Gallery, will feature more than 120 pieces of John Lennon's artwork. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

November 24, 2014
Musical Theater Heritage's Musical Monday

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. An intimate evening of musical theatre starring KC's finest performers. These shows always sell out! Reservations required. 816-221-6987 or MTHKC.com.

December 4-21, 2014
"Oliver"

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Musical Theater Heritage presents the classic Lionel Bart musical, based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist." 816- 545-6000 or MTHKC.com.

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