Arts Corner

TALK AMONGST YOURSELVES: KCAT opens season with intimate dramas, spare means

By Paul Horsley
Theater is like any form of communication in that it boils down to one thing: two people talking. Kansas City Actors Theatre is devoting its 11th season to “two-handers,” plays consisting of two characters who command the stage for an entire evening. True, economics might have figured in here, for KCAT devoted its 10th anniversary to some costly large-scale plays (including Hamlet and Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in alternating repertory).

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THE ART OF BEING A KID: Performing-arts groups offer creative ways to expand your child’s purview

By Paul Horsley
One of the fruits of Kansas City’s performing-arts community is an abundance of opportunities for young people. From orchestras to dance groups, children’s theater to music lessons of all kinds, our region is host to dozens of places where young folks can gain skills and learn the joy of playing, dancing, acting and singing. With new evidence every day that participation in the arts can expand a child’s brain, it’s just a good idea to help your kids discover the fun.

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PRINCE SCHMINCE: Starlight hosts tour of Broadway ‘Cinderella’ that humanizes leads

By Paul Horsley
What if we made a Cinderella in which, instead of a noble prince rescuing a desperate girl, we tell a tale of two people sort of rescuing each other? That’s just what playwright Douglas Carter Beane set out to do in his new version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which was a hit on Broadway in 2013 and appears on tour as part of Starlight Theatre’s 2015 season starting July 7th.

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SUMMER IN THE CITY: KC arts flourish in the heat

By Paul Horsley
We selected some of the best KC summer events in music, dance and theater.
JUNE
Through 14: Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre; The Full Monty; The outrageous comedy concludes the group’s season. 816-569-3226 or metkc.org.
Through 14: Moonshine Variety Co.; Mother Freaking Hood; This musical comedy celebrates the joys and challenges of being a modern mom. Goppert Theatre, Avila University. mvtix.com.
Through 28: Quality Hill Playhouse; Judy Barbra Liza; J.

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