Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 9/20/2018

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The Drowsy Chaperone in Broadway THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Olathe Civic Theatre Association - OCTA
9/7-9/23/2018
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar Directed by Julie Ewing | Music Direction by Kevin Bogan An epic “musical within a comedy”, this brilliantly funny Tony Award-winner is a celebration of the American musical that harkens back to the jazz age of the 1920s. When a loyal fan shares a rare recording of his favorite musical, the characters come to life in an exciting tale of love and delight that leaves audiences breathless. A wedding, gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, and a drunk chaperone are just a few of the ingredients in this delicious farcical treat that is fun for the whole family. “The Perfect Broadway Musical.” —New York Magazine SPECIAL DATES: Opening night, September 7: Guests will be treated to a post-show celebration with the cast and crew! Saturday, September 8 : Guests are invited to a post show talk back with the REAL Janet Van De Graaff! Read more below: *OCTA is thrilled to announce that there will be a talkback with one of the inspirations for, and characters of, the musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. On Saturday, September 8 following the performance, actress and comedienne Janet Van De Graaff will join Peter Leondedis (local actor and OCTA board member/treasurer) on stage and regale us with stories of the show, her movie and stage career, and what it was like performing in high school with Peter. Janet began her career with The Second City in Toronto and has appeared in many movies and television series. She has won three Canadian Comedy Awards, for Best Female Improviser (2002 & 2004) and Best Female TV Performance (for HISTORY BITES in 2002). CAST Man in Chair – Peter Leondedis Robert Martin – Mark Doyle The Drowsy Chaperone – Kathleen Marx Janet Van De Graaff – Ashton Botts Mrs. Tottendale – Peggy Mall Aldolpho – Matthew Henrickson Underling – Bill Bergman George – Fisher Stewart Kitty – Laura Irwin Gangster One – Mike Peterson Gangster Two – Arthur P. Clifford Mr. Feldzieg – Charles Christesson, Jr. Trix – Ashley Jones Superintendent – Don Arnott Ensemble – Mark McNeal Ensemble – Dana Wardle Ensemble – Catie Wolff CREATIVE TEAM Director – Julie Ewing Music Director – Kevin Bogan Assistant Music Director – Todd Wiley Choreographer – Ann McCroskey Stage Manager – Meghann Deveroux Assistant Stage Manager – Rachel Phillips Costume Designer – Heather Stewart Set Designer – Ken Schmidt Construction Foreman – Bill Case Light Designer – Brandon Dupree Sound Designer – Joshua Finch Props Coordinator – Abby Wolff Sound Board Operator – Matt Pollock Light Board Operator – Brittany Becker PLAN YOUR VISIT TO OCTA Tickets may be purchased with credit card, check, or cash. Free parking is available in the OCTA lot and on the street. Concessions are available for cash or credit donation and may be taken into the theater.
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CABARET (1998 VERSION)
Columbia Entertainment Company, Inc.
9/13-9/30/2018

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Becoming Martin in Broadway BECOMING MARTIN
Coterie Theatre
9/18-10/21/2018
This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights. This play is a Coterie commissioned work by noted filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and playwright, Kevin Willmott, who currently serves as a professor of film studies at Kansas University and is hailed as one of the most prolific independent filmmakers today, with films such as Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Chi-Raq, for which he was executive producer and co-writer with Spike Lee. A post-performance Question and Answer session will follow each performance. In conjunction with the world premiere of Becoming Martin, The Coterie will offer In-School Workshops that will introduce students to the events in the play and help put the story into historical context. For information and reservations visit coterie.edublogs.org.
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