Arts Corner

MOVE ON: KC Rep and Nelson-Atkins Museum team up for essential Sondheim classic

By Paul Horsley
So let’s say you’re a major theater company and you need a big splash for your new season, but your building is under construction until late fall. What to do? In a word: innovate. Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, a multidimensional reflection on the nature of art and creativity, uses an epochal painting by Georges Seurat as a jumping-off point, and as a source for dazzling visual coups de théâter.

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FALL BOUNTY: Performing-arts groups offer quality, class, adventure

By Paul Horsley
We may be a tad hidebound in our cultural tastes at times, but here in KC we do a lot of things right and we don’t put on airs about it. Here are some Fall highlights to watch for.
AUGUST
20-September 5 Spinning Tree Theatre; West Side Story; This plucky young company takes on Bernstein and Sondheim’s gritty classic complete with Jerome Robbins’ jubilant original choreography. The Arts Asylum. 816-569-5277 or spinningtreetheatre.com.

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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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