Legally Blonde – July 2024

Legally Blonde

July 12-14, 17-21

Legally Blonde

July 12-14, 17-21

Legally Blonde, Our Summer Musical!

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Legally Blonde The Musical is perfect for high school and community theatre, featuring a large ensemble and several big song-and-dance numbers.

Show Times

July 12-13 & 17-20

7:30 p.m.

July 14 & 21

2:00 p.m.

TICKETS ARE FREE!!!

Location

TBD

 

Map & directions

Time

April 21-23 & 28-30

7:30 p.m.

April 24 & May 1

2 p.m.

Location

Black Box at Avila University
11901 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO

Cast & Production Team

Director – Katia Milazzo

Music Director – Grace Mott

Choreographer –  Cristina VanSickle

 

Cast List

Elle Woods  –  Erin Pettijohn
Paulette Buonufonte – Noa Adams
Vivienne Kensington – Ashton Botts
Brooke Wyndham – Taylor Kaschke
Enid Hoops – Ashton Bennett
Pilar – Cara Parisi
Margot – Ashlyn Robertson
Serena – Briana Smith
Professor Callahan – Don Leonard
Warner Huntington III – Timothy Houston
Emmett Forrest – Colin Rohach
Kyle – Chris Zimmerman
Dewey/Winthrop – Brad Dawdy
Chuteny – Kelsey Linn
Grand Master Chad/Nikos – Scotty Sharp
Sundeep Padamadan/Carlos – Micah Watny
Aaron Schultz – Evan LeRoy
Elle’s Mom/Laker Girl – Alexis Close
Elle’s Dad – Cole Bracken
Kate – Ashlyn Warren
Leilani – Kristien Nett

Bruiser Woods – Fancy Jo
Rufus – Stella Rose

Galean – Sophia Zacharias
Courtney – Rachel Pinchi
Store Manager – Alicia Santee-Davis
Lowell – Jonathan Kirkland
Pforzheimer – Keegan Donovan
Judge – HeatherAnne Norbury
Court Stenographer – Paige Reese
Sonya the Stylist – Pancha Brown
Kiki the Colorist – Haley Roberts
DA Joyce Riley – Brenna McConaughuy

Delta Nu/Harvard Students
Sola Owens
Gretchen Anast
Risa Norbury
Ruby Schubert
Scarlett Nevins
Pascale Hunt
Lauren Daugherty
Zoe Pearson
Audrey Chopin
Jess Smith

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Legally Blonde The Musical is presented with special arrangement with Musical Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTI shows.com

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Beauty and the Beast – July 2023

Beauty and the Beast

July 14-16, 19-23

Beauty and the Beast

July 14-16, 19-23

Tale As Old As Time, Our Summer Musical!

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

 

This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities or, even more simply staged, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best.

Show Times

July 14-15 & 19-22

7:30 p.m.

July 16 & 23

2:00 p.m.

TICKETS ARE FREE!!!

Location

Rose Theater at Rockhust High School 

9301 State Line Rd

Kansas City, MO 64114

Time

April 21-23 & 28-30

7:30 p.m.

April 24 & May 1

2 p.m.

Location

Black Box at Avila University
11901 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO

Cast & Production Team

Director – Miranda Brand

Music Director – Grace Mott

Choreographer –  Cristina VanSickle

Stage Manager–  Katia Milazzo


Cast: 

Belle: Sydney Nicks

Beast: Charlie Meacham

Gaston: David Thompson

Mrs. Potts: Karen Seaton

Chip: Tenley Thompson

Lumiere: CJ Miller

Cogsworth: John Carver

Babette: Celia Thompson

Wardrobe: Kimberly Arzoian

Maurice: Paul Anderson

Lefou: Colin Rohach

Silly Girls: Jennifer Coville, Taylor Kaschke, Kelsey Linn

Featured Company

Cole Bracken              Sola Owens

Tucker Burks               Amy Pearson

Brad Dawdy                Zoe Pearson

Amy Fish                    Johanna Quigley

Andrea Hobley            Matthew Santaularia

Natalia Monterio         Jaime Tanner

 El O’Brien                  Rachel Pinci

 

Children’s Company

Brilyn Brilhart

Madeline Copeland

Amelia Coville-Schweigert

Lincoln Coville-Schweigert

Sutton Hamm

Autumn Nicholes

Abby Peterson

Henry Tanner

Piper Thompson

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Community theater is an affordable way to bring the arts to your life. 

 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is presented with special arrangement with Musical Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTI shows.com

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The Drowsy Chaperone – April 2022

The Drowsy Chaperone

April 21-24 & April 28-May 1

The Drowsy Chaperone

April 21-24 &
April 28-May 1

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Our hearts are heavy as we announce the cancellation of the remaining performances of Leawood Stage Company’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone

The Board of Directors came to this challenging decision based on the rising number of cast and crew members testing positive for COVID. The safety of our cast, crew, musicians, and audience members is our priority and we hope all those affected get well soon.

After weeks of rehearsals and the hours spent on set and costume construction, it is disappointing to see the work of this outstanding cast, orchestra, and crew not being rewarded with applause from an audience. Those that saw the one and only performance, gave The Drowsy Chaperone exceptional reviews. It is heartbreaking to shut down this wonderful production, but it is the responsible decision in order to keep our community safe.

Our box office will be reaching out to all ticket holders over the course of the next few days.

Ticket holders have the following options:

  • Receive a full refund
  • Turn your ticket purchase into a donation to Leawood Stage Company

For any questions regarding tickets, please email vicechair@leawoodstageco.org and we thank you for your patience as we work to get your order processed.

Thank you for your support through this challenging time and we hope to see you at our future events!

Jazz age fun in our spring musical!

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical. The show features two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and an intoxicated chaperone.

Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone will be a delightful production of madcap fun.

Leawood Stage Company is thrilled to welcome Madison Dodd as Director of the first show in our 24th Season. Madison has made several Leawood Stage Company appearances beginning in 2007 when she played the loveable Amaryllis in The Music Man. She was also seen in LSC productions of Annie Get Your Gun and Brigadoon. Most recently Madison appeared as Emily in the virtual reading of Our Town in 2020 and was seen live as a Bird Girl in Seussical last summer. She is a graduate of Stephen’s College.

Show Times

April 21-23 & 28-30

8 p.m.

April 24 & May 1

1:30 p.m.

Location

Avila University Black Box Theatre
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145

Time

April 21-23 & 28-30

7:30 p.m.

April 24 & May 1

2 p.m.

Location

Black Box at Avila University
11901 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO

Cast & production team

Director – Madison Dodd
Music Director – Christina Vogler
Choreographer – Hewleek McKoy

Cast:
Man in Chair Brian Larios
The Drowsy Chaperone – Sydney VanDyke
Aldolpho Doug Jones
Janet Van de Graff Kelly Urschel Edgar
Robert Martin Carson Tate
George Chy F. Billings
Mrs. Tottendale Julie Fox
Underling – Ron Meyer
Mr. Feldzieg Paul Anderson
Kitty Camille Breckenridge
Gangster #1 Micah Watney
Gangster #2 – Ryan Barber
Trix – Andrea Hobley
Super –
Jonathan Kirkland
Ensemble –
Joyce Hess
Gracie King
Emily Alphine
Jonathan Kirkland
Cody Kreutzer
John Carver

Character breakdown

Man In Chair

Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.

Mrs. Tottendale

The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.

Underling

Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.

Robert Martin

The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.

George

Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best-interest always at heart.

Feldzieg
Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by Jack Adler.

Kitty

Feldzieg’s dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by Sadie Adler.

Gangsters
Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers.

Aldolpho

European self-proclaimed “ladies man”; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli.

Janet Van De Graaf
The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg’s Follies; played by rising star Jane Roberts.

The Drowsy Chaperone

Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell

Trix

The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding.

Ensemble
Staff and Reporters

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The Addams Family – July 2022

The Addams Family

Free Summer Show!
July 14-17 & 21-23, 2022

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:
It is with great sadness we announce both weekends of The Addams Family have been cancelled.

The Addams Family, a new musical, is fun for the entire family and will feature performers of all ages with a children’s ensemble. Based on characters created by Charles Addams, this musical with a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa brings to life our favorite ghoulish family.

The Addams Family is a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. The Addams face change as they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Leawood Stage company is thrilled to welcome back Kevin Bogan as Director for another summer production. Kevin directed Annie Get Your GunMy Fair Lady, and Promises, Promises. He performed in Sunday in the Park with George and has music directed several additional shows for Leawood Stage Company.

Escape the summer heat and rain, inside the Rose Theater at Rockhurst High
School, 9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 July 14, 15, 16, & 21, 22,
23 at 7:30 p.m. or July 17 at 2:00 p.m. Doors will open one half hour before
curtain time. Admission is free. Select your seats as you enter the theater. The
Rose Theater is handicap accessible.

Show Times

July 21-23
7:30 p.m.

Location

Rose Theater at Rockhurst High School
9301 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO 64114

Leawood Stage Company presents the highest quality free theater in the area. We offer summer performances free to the public, serving senior citizens on a limited budget or families that might otherwise not be able to afford live theater performances. This is a great way to introduce young audiences to the arts.

Escape the summer heat and rain, inside the Rose Theater at Rockhurst High School, 9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 July 14, 15, 16, & 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. or July 17 at 2:00 p.m. Doors will open one half hour before curtain time. Admission is free. Select your seats as you enter the theater. The Rose Theater is handicap accessible.

No food or drink is allowed in the theater, no concessions will be sold. No dogs are allowed other that registered service dogs.

Cast & Production Team

Gomez Brian Larios
Morticia – Ramsey Self
Wednesday –  Averey Shaw
Pugsley – Leo Covitz
Grandma –  Pam Sollars
Fester –  Tony Francisco
Lurch –  Rob Hallifax
Mal –  Doug Jones
Lucas – Edmund Castle

Alice –  Meredith Hollan
Cupid – Emma Daggett
Ensemble – Katherine Allison, Amelia Clark, Sean Dearing, Charlotte Gilman, Ashley McGuire, Adele Milligan, Karen Seaton, Camryn Warner, Miles Wirth

Director – Kevin Bogan
Stage Manager – Chuck Harper
Choreographer – Valerie Martin
Co-Choreographer – Tyler Rene Harper
Costumes – Annette Cook
Set Design/Construction/Props – Frank Gentile
Sound/Lighting Tech – Atem Akuei, Andrew Classen, Logan Cook, Owen Lundstrom, Trevor Murphy, Aldric Yang

Character breakdown

Gomez Addams
Stage Age: 35-55
Vocal Range: Bb2 – G4
A suave man of Spanish descent who adores his wife and children and takes immense pride in being an Addams. Gomez finds himself trapped between his daughter and his wife, being forced to hide Wednesday’s big secret from Morticia. He has great comedic timing and is a good dancer. Spanish accent is a plus!

Morticia Addams
Stage Age 35-55
Vocal Range: G3 – Bb5
The beautiful, leggy and mysterious head of the Addams family who believes strongly in family tradition. Morticia is unnerved thinking that Gomez is hiding something from her. She is confident and sexy with a side of dry wit. She is a strong mover (tango skills a plus!)

Wednesday Addams
Stage Age: 18 – 22
Vocal Range; A3 – E5
Gothic big sister Wednesday who has her father’s heart and her mother’s sensibility falls in love with a “normal” boy who she brings home to meet the family. Wednesday is trying to balance her relationships with “strange” family with that of her new love and his “normal” family. Wednesday showcases compassion, a bit of stubbornness and strong will. She has a strong belt.

Pugsley Addams
Stage Age 10 – 13
Vocal Range: A3 – F5
The youngest of the Addams Family, Pugsley loves to be tortured by his big sister. He is lost trying to figure out his place now that she has a new boyfriend and family dynamics are changing. Pugsley is charming and funny, ideally with an unchanged singing voice.

Uncle Fester
Stage Age: 30-50
Vocal Range; C3 – G4 (optional C5) Serving as the narrator of the show, Uncle Fester is lovable, childish, enthusiastic and highly incorrigible. Fester has great comedic timing and a tenor voice. Ukulele skills a plus!

Grandma
Stage Age: 102
Vocal Range: G4 – F5 Fun, quirky and feisty, Grandma always has a trick up her sleeve. Grandma is wise, wacky and sometimes a bit crass. She has great comedic timing and physicality.

Lurch
Stage Age: 25 – 50
Vocal Range: Eb2 – E4
A man of few words, Lurch is the Addams Family butler. His unmistakable commanding presence is accented by grunts, moans and deliberate movement. Must have great non-verbal story-telling abilities (think: facial expressions and sound). Lurch has a rich bass voice.

Lucas Beinecke
Stage Age : 18 – 22
Vocal Range: C3 – C5
The hopeful romantic and son of Alice & Mal, Lucas has fallen in love with Wednesday and intends to marry her. He is optimistic and hopeful yet struggles to find the balance between his ‘normal’ family and the macabre Addams. Strong singer.

Mal Beinecke 
Stage Age 35 – 55
Vocal Range: C3 – A4
The uptight and father of Lucas and cold-shouldered husband to Alice, cynical Mal meets the Addams with skepticism. He finds the Addams to be too bizarre for his liking and cannot fathom being related to them.

Alice Beineckee
Stage Age 35 – 55
Vocal Range: C3 – A4
The uptight and father of Lucas and cold-shouldered husband to Alice, cynical Mal meets the Addams with skepticism. He finds the Addams to be too bizarre for his liking and cannot fathom being related to them.

The Ancestors
Stage Age: 15+
All Vocal Ranges
Male & Female The Addams ancestors from various eras serve as the chorus for the show and help bring the story to life. They will be featured both singing and dancing throughout the entire show (once released from the family crypt!). Seeking actors with both vocals and dancing abilities.

The Ancestor Children
Stage Age: 5 – 14
Vocal Range SA (Unchanged Voices)
These children are keepers of the secrets of the Addam’s family and help guide them along. (Must be 7 years old to audition)

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Seussical – July 2021

July 9-11 & 15-17, 2021

Horton hears a Who this summer at Leawood Stage Company!

Leawood Stage Company (LSC), in cooperation with The Leawood Parks and Recreation Department, presents SEUSSICAL.  Join us July 9, 10 ,11 & 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ironwoods Amphitheatre in Ironwoods Park, 147th and Mission Road.

SEUSSICAL is colorful fun for the entire family!  Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, this musical brings to life our favorite Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Amayzing Mayzie and Jojo – a child with a big imagination.  The show highlights the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community

Show times

July 9-11 & 15-17
8 p.m. Nightly

Location

Ironwoods Park Amphitheater
14701 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66224

SEUSSICAL, will feature a cast of actors of all ages and promises to be an enjoyable free night of theatre under the stars.  Bring the entire family to beautiful Ironwoods Park Amphitheater. We will take every precaution necessary to keep audience members socially distanced for the safety of all at performances. 

LSC is thrilled to welcome back Chris McCoy as Director.  McCoy has directed other popular summer musicals for LSC including: The Music Man (2007), Guys & Dolls (2010), Hello, Dolly! (2014), and Annie (2017).  McCoy is Assistant Professor of Theatre at William Jewell College and serves as a member of the LSC Board.  His directorial style is dedicated to presenting classic American musicals with modern sensibilities.  

Leawood Stage Company presents the highest quality free theater in the area. We offer summer performances free to the public serving senior citizens on a limited budget, families that might otherwise not be able to afford live theatrical performances, and provide a great way to introduce audiences, young and old, to the arts.

Attending our summer musical

Our summer shows are the perfect way to enjoy beautiful Ironwoods Park and experience free theatre for the entire family!

Seussical Program

Cast & production team

Director – Chris McCoy

Music Director – 

Langston Hemenway

Choreographer – 

Madison Shelley

Cat in the Hat – Alec Bridges

Jojo – Delilah Rose Pellow

Horton – Colin Rohach

Gertrude – Emily Vargo

Mayzie – Laura Irwin

Mayor – Ray Ettinger

Mrs. Mayor – Taylar Rabel

Kangaroo – Alyson Golladay

Bird Girls 

Miranda Brand

Emily Bridges

Madison Dodd

Ella Graham

Haley Knudsen

Josephine Pellow

Wickershams 

John Carver

Kennedy Kinnick

Simon Schupp

Terrace Wyatt, Jr.

 

General Ghengis Khan Schmidt –

Matthew Henrickson

Grinch – Joshua Young

Yertle the Turtle – 

Zach Lofland

Adult Ensemble (Who’s, Jungle of Nool, etc.)

Noah Bridges

Erin Coleman

Jennifer Coville

Andrea Hobley

Carrigan Rohach

Rosie Smith

Children’s Ensemble

Sloane Burgess

Amelia Coville-Schweigert

Lizzie Cure

Lucy Dandurand

Benjamin Garner

Avonlea Graves (Elephant Bird)

Wilson Rabel

Isaac Schupp

Ivy Sollenberger

Veronica Stverak

Oliver Yeung

Character breakdown

The Cat In The Hat

Our story's omniscient narrator, he is fun loving and enjoys rhyming. Pops up throughout the story to help the audience. Wise and attentive.
Gender: Any
Vocal range top: F4 - bottom: F2

Jojo

The Mayor's son, he is a Who that is always finding trouble. Bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. Possesses a wildly expansive imagination and finds solace in his friendship with Horton.
Gender: Male
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: C5 - bottom: Ab3

Horton The Elephant

Our story's main character, he is a compassionate and gentle elephant. Misunderstood because of his larger size. He is protective and loving of all creatures in the jungle.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 40
Vocal range top: F4 - bottom: A2

Gertrude Mcfuzz

Horton's one-feathered-tail bird neighbor. Gertrude is sweet and timid. Though kind and loyal, she is also self-conscious of her shortfalls.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F5 - bottom: F3

Mayzie Labird

The most beautiful bird in the jungle. Oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on her talent of manipulation, and intoxicating beauty, to navigate her way through life.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb5 - bottom: G3

The Sour Kangaroo

The 'leader' of the jungle. She is loud, brassy, and stubbornly set in her ways. A caring mother, but unabashedly sassy and soulful.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: F5 - bottom: F#3

Ensemble

Jungle Creatures - including The Wickersham Brothers, Yurtle The Turtle, Bird Girls The Whos - Mr. Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, General Genghis Khan Schmitz

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The Importance of Being Earnest – A Live Virtual Play

The Importance of Being Earnest live virtual Play at Leawood Stage Company

The Importance of Being Earnest - a Live Virtual Play

Premiere June 26, available 24/7 thereafter

Enjoy theatre from your own home!

Leawood Stage Company is ready for a Bunbury!

Join us for The Importance of Being Earnest, part two of our three full-cast virtual productions in our summer play reading series.

Show time

June 26 – 7:00pm
Video available 24/7 post premiere.

Recorded virtually and premiered on Facebook live, it’s the perfect way to experience Oscar Wilde’s British wit. Brilliantly clever, this comedic masterpiece tells the story of two young gentlemen in London, each with a double-life, elaborate deceptions, and ever so much tea. It is England, after all.

This event will be available even after the premiere, however, be sure to join us at 7pm on Friday, June 26th, for an especially magical evening of theatre and experience the performing arts community you’ve been missing!

Brew some tea, bake some scones, and join us!

Would you like to support the costs that went into bringing this production to the community? Donate to Leawood Stage Company to help!

Director – Chris McCoy

Algernon Moncrieff – Joshua Young
John Worthing – Zeke Bocklage
Lane – Alan Hainkel
Lady Bracknell – Tracy Fox

Gwendolen Fairfax – Madison Dodd
Miss Prism – Cathy Wood
Cecily Cardew – Faith Harris
Rev. Canon Chasuble – Brian Larios
Merriman – Russ Barker

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Much Ado About Nothing – A Live Virtual Play

Much Ado About Nothing A Live Virtual Play from Leawood Stage Company

Much Ado About Nothing, a Live Virtual Play

Premiere June 12, 7pm, available 24/7 thereafter

Enjoy theatre from your own home!

Do you miss seeing your favorite community theatre actors perform? Announcing the Leawood Stage Company summer play reading series, three full-cast productions recorded virtually and premiered on Facebook live! Our first production, Much Ado About Nothing, will bring Shakespeare’s wit and humor to your home.

Would you like to support the costs that went into bringing this production to the community? Donate to Leawood Stage Company to help!

Show time

Premiere June 12 – 7:00pm
Video available 24/7 post premiere.

Cast & production team

Director – David Martin

Leonato – Doug Weaver
Messenger/Verges – Meghann Deveroux
Beatrice – Jessica Franz-Martin
Hero – Un Joo Christopher
Don Pedro – Chris McCoy
Claudio – Austin Cable
Benedick – Coleman Crenshaw
Balthasar/Seacoal – Joel Morrison

Don John – Richard J. Burt
Antonio – Scott Shaw
Conrade – Derrick Freeman
Borachio – Quinn North
Margaret – Erika Crane Ricketts
Ursula – Lauren Hambleton
Dogberry – Michael Juncker
First Watchman – David Martin
Friar Francis/Sexton – Tracy Fox

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Putnam County Spelling Bee logo

November 4 - 7 and 11 - 14, 2021

A delightful den of comedic genius!

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

This PG-13 musical comedy introduces us to an eclectic group of six tweens (played by adult actors) who vie for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime, while candidly disclosing hilarious and touching insights into their home lives. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! A riotous ride, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. 

*Masks required for all audience members.

Time

November 4-6 & 11-13

7:30 p.m.

November 7 & 14

2 p.m.

Location

Black Box at Avila University
11901 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO

Putnam County Spelling Bee Program

Production Team

Kyle Tarvin (Director/Choreographer) has choreographed at least 20 shows, including Mamma Mia, Newsies, Annie, Oklahoma, and also has experience doing choreography for a side-saddle horse-riding competition. Tarvin has worked with casts ranging from 10 to 102 people, has taught youth theater classes, and has experience directing several youth productions. Tarvin loves working in community theater. He finds it immensely rewarding to take a group of people who swear they cannot dance from hating and fearing choreography, to feeling proud they accomplished what they swore they would never be able to do.

Bernadette Ferraro (Music Director) lives in Kansas City, KS where she has taught elementary music for five years. Ferraro grew up with a love for musicals and community theater. She has performed in several productions with the River City Community Players and Shockey Productions. 

Heidi Keith (Stage Manager) grew up in community theater and loves being part of the family. She lives by the words, “do more of what makes you happy.” and that is what brought her here! Keith enjoys reading, puzzles, crafting, chicken tending, and problem solving which are all critical skills she utilizes to achieve success as stage manager.

Cheryl Stutz (Accompanist) received three Music Degrees from ESU, and taught music for 30 years in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. She has been involved in over 100 musicals and currently lives in St. Joseph where she is a church musician and operates Cheryl’s Studio.

Cast

Rona Lisa Peretti – Michaela Sewalson

Vice Principal Douglas Panch – Michael O’Brien

Mitch Mahoney – Robin Carroll-Dolci

Olive Ostrovsky – Bailey Self

William Morris Barfée – Aaron Hoffman

Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre – Brooke Ariel

Marcy Park – Brittany Hill

Leaf Coneybear – C.J. Miller

Chip Tolentino John Carver

Character breakdown

Chip Tolentino

An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment.

Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy)

Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. She is driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year.

Leaf Coneybear

The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance.

William Barfeen

A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. His famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality. He develops a crush on Olive.

Marcy Park

The ultimate over-achiever, Marcy has never been given another option. She comes from a family where excellence is expected and so simply produced. A parochial school student, she assumes God, too, expects perfection. She sees herself as a mass of problems but she keeps them to herself. Having moved often because of her parents’ work, she knows she can beat the local competition. Her many talents include piano, dance, martial arts, baton twirling, and/or whatever special gifts you can find in your casting pool.

Olive Ostrovsky
A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms.
Rona Lisa Peretti
The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward.

Douglas Panch
The Vice Principle. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. After five years’ absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an “incident” at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in “a better place” now, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.

Mitch Mahoney
The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better.

Carl Dad
Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf.

Dan Dad
the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.

Jesus Christ
Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.

Leaf’s Mom, Dad, And Siblings
All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success. Normally played by the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script.

Olive’s Dad
A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.

Olive’s Mom
A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.
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Nuncrackers, the Nunsense Christmas Musical

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Nuncrackers, the Nunsense Christmas Musical

November 14-17, 2019

Crazy Christmas fun with the Mount Saint Helen's nuns!

The Nunsense Christmas Musical, NUNCRACKERS, takes place in real time in the basement of Mount Saint Helen’s Convent. It is the first TV Special being taped in the Cable Access TV Studio built by Reverend Mother with part of the prize money won earlier by Sister Mary Paul (aka Amnesia).

The show includes some traditional carols in the overture and as underscoring, plus some Christmas Carol spoofs including Here We Come-a-Waffle-ing and The Holly and the Ivory. Of course, the show is filled with the traditional “Nunsense-sense of humor” and one-liners that have made the three previous NUNSENSE shows so popular.

Cast & production team

Pamela Klifar – Director

Kathy Murphy – Sister Mary Regina (Reverend Mother)
She tries to be strict but things often get out of her control. Her circus family background and sense of humor shine through her attempt to create a tough exterior.

Sharon Johnson – Sister Mary Hubert
Second in command. Wanted to be a nun all of her life.

Alecia Stultz – Sister Robert Anne
A streetwise nun from Brooklyn. Tuff girl with a heart of gold. Constantly frustrated when Reverend Mother refuses to let her star in the show.

Tracy Pratt – Sister Mary Paul (aka Amnesia)
Was hit on the head by a crucifix and didn’t remember who is was. A country singer who was the first nun to appear at the Grand Ole Opry. A “little vacant” but endearing.

Kate Wiese – Sister Mary Leo
A former novice now has her black veil. She has dedicated her life to being the first famous nun ballerina.

Bill Bergman – Father Virgil Manly Trott
Sister Mary Leo’s brother. A Franciscan Father. Grew up as part of the Trott Family Singers.

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