Arts Corner

THE PLAY’S THE THING: Dual loves of theater, finance, motivate Rep’s new executive director

A Conversation with Angela Lee Gieras
Angela Lee Gieras is a financial whiz whose fundraising savvy is driven by a lifelong passion for theater, so she was in many ways the ideal choice for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s new executive director post. The Florida native, who as development director for the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville doubled that organization’s annual giving, says theater has been a constant thread in her life, starting at age four.

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OPERA LEANS FORWARD: Lyric general director assesses first year on the job, looks to bright future

By Paul Horsley
To be sure, one could start by looking at the sheer empirical data on Deborah Sandler’s first season as general director and CEO of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City: 92 percent of Kauffman Center seats filled, critical acclaim, a fiscal year ending in the black, an earlier casting schedule that has garnered a higher caliber of singers, directors and designers for 2013-14. But the real story lies in her restless spirit as to what remains to be done.

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PERFORMANCES IN REVIEW: A boxer, a stellar string quartet and a slice of Summerfest

By Paul Horsley
BEL CANTO GETS BELLICOSE: New opera tells sad, amazing tale of boxer with surprising secret
These days we’ve become accustomed to gays and lesbians inhabiting any field you can imagine, from politics to professional sports to the U.S. Marine Corps. But still – boxing? Champion is a powerfully theatrical piece, and its premiere last month at Opera Theatre of St. Louis featured first-rate production values and a cast that was in many ways ideal for telling this unusual story.

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