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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Leawood Stage Company presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Leawood Stage Company Present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Join Leawood Stage Company as they present the final production of their 23rd season, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee November 4, 5, 6, 7 & 11, 12, 13, 14, at Avila University Black Box Theatre, 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, has charmed audiences across the country with its wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced and wildly comical book by Rachel Sheinkin and a vibrantly bold score by William Finn, this 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.

Show times

November 4, 5, 6, 7 & 11, 12, 13, 14

Location

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

Our talented cast includes Brooke Ariel, John Carver, Robin Carroll-Dolci, Brittany Hill, Aaron Hoffman, Michael O’Brien, C.J. Miller, Bailey Self, and Michaela Sewalson.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is rated PG-13 and not recommended for children.
Leawood Stage Company is continuing our tradition of supporting the community by holding a book drive for children and young readers at each performance. Bring one new book to donate and receive a ticket good for popcorn. Bring multiple new books and receive a ticket good for popcorn AND a soft drink.
All seating will be general admission. Sign up for our mailing list and be contacted as soon as tickets go on sale!
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From Broadway to Leawood, It’s a Very Small World – Seussical

From Broadway to Leawood, It’s a Very Small World

From Broadway to Leawood, It’s a Very Small World – Leawood Stage Company Presents “Seussical”

Leawood Stage Company is thrilled to be performing live again this summer! LSC welcomes back Chris McCoy as the Director of Seussical, a family friendly musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss. McCoy has assembled a stellar cast and crew to bring the world of Dr. Seuss to life for our Leawood audience! In the 23-year history of LSC, this might be one of the most talented groups to grace our stage as several members of the Seussical cast and crew have connections to Broadway.

In the summer of 2013, our very own Chris McCoy spent time working as the Assistant Director to a new Broadway musical, Soul Doctor, that ran at The Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. McCoy’s directorial style is dedicated to presenting classic American musicals with modern sensibilities. 

In addition to his Broadway directing credit, McCoy has directed other popular summer musical productions for LSC including: The Music Man (2007), Guys & Dolls (2010), Hello, Dolly! (2014), and Annie (2017). Chris McCoy, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at William Jewell College where he also serves as the Artistic Director for Jewell Theatre Company. 

Seussical’s Costume Designer, Scotty Wiggins, lived in New York for fifteen years and worked for John Kristiansen New York, Inc. (JKNY Inc.) where they create costumes for all forms of professional performing arts including Broadway, Off Broadway, Regional and Touring productions, Live Events (Disney on Ice, Ringling Bros., Cher Farewell Tour), Dance, and Opera. Additionally, JKNY Inc. creates costumes for film and television.

During his tenure at JKNY Inc., Wiggins worked in the costume department sourcing materials, swatching, and archiving design plans for future recreation of costumes. This incredibly talented and creative costume designer has been in the Kansas City area for three years and works as an Adjunct Professor and Guest Artist Costume Designer for William Jewell College. 

To build a specific costume piece that you will see on stage in LSC’s production of Seussical, Wiggins reached out to Brittany Church, a former co-worker at JKNY Inc., to build a special puppet for Seussical. Church works in the crafts department creating hats and sculpted costume pieces. Upon informing Church this piece was for a LSC production, Wiggins was amazed at how small the world truly is when he learned Church was in the LSC cast of Music Man in 2007 with Chris McCoy as her director. 

Wiggins is returning to New York in 2022 to costume a show for The Heights Players, Brooklyn’s longest-running sustaining community theater. Coincidentally, Erin Coleman, a member of the Adult Ensemble in Seussical, has performed with The Heights Players and, to Wiggins’ delight, has even been in a show with his partner.

LSC is pleased to welcome Erin Coleman back to our stage after an eight-year hiatus.  Her last performance with us was the 2012 production of Fiddler on the Roof.  Her first community theatre appearance was in LSC’s 2007 production of Brigadoon, providing the catalyst for Coleman to perform in three more LSC productions. 

LSC is pleased to welcome Erin Coleman back to our stage after an eight-year hiatus.  Her last performance with us was the 2012 production of Fiddler on the Roof.  Her first community theatre appearance was in LSC’s 2007 production of Brigadoon, providing the catalyst for Coleman to perform in three more LSC productions. 

Since then, Coleman has been living in New York City and has continued to participate in community theatre performing with the St. Jean’s Players and The Heights Players. 

Coleman says, “The quality of community theatre in Kansas City is the best in the country.” She loves New York but misses her community theatre family here.  Coleman is participating in Seussical while spending the summer visiting relatives in the Kansas City area.  Both she and her husband are working virtually while they spend their summer with us, and both are happy to be spending time with family after being apart for nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Delilah Pellow is another familiar face at LSC who was last seen on our stage playing Molly in the 2017 production of Annie with her sister, Josephine Pellow, playing the title role.  Following that performance, Delilah performed on Broadway as Little Anastasia in Anastasia.  She was with the show on Broadway for a year and then spent an additional eight months on tour.

Delilah Pellow is another familiar face at LSC who was last seen on our stage playing Molly in the 2017 production of Annie with her sister, Josephine Pellow, playing the title role.  Following that performance, Delilah performed on Broadway as Little Anastasia in Anastasia.  

Following that performance, Delilah performed on Broadway as Little Anastasia in Anastasia.  She was with the show on Broadway for a year and then spent an additional eight months on tour.  

Both Pellow sisters are homeschooled and lived in New York with their mother during the run of Anastasia.  While Delilah was in rehearsals or shows, Jo was able to immerse herself in the NYC culture by seeing every show on Broadway.

The Pellow family returned to Kansas City just before the pandemic forced Broadway to go dark.  Seussical has been a great way to return to theatre while the world begins to reopen.  They had previously enjoyed their experience working with Leawood Stage Company and Chris McCoy, so participating in this production seemed to be a perfect fit.  

Both Anastasia and Seussical were written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The sisters have noticed the stylistic similarities between the shows and may even see some similarities in the quality of their costumes as JKNY Inc., created Delilah’s costumes for Anastasia.

Seussical, will feature a cast of actors of all ages and audiences will be amazed to find LSC presents the highest quality, free theatre in the Kansa City area. This show will be enjoyed by people of all ages and is a great way to introduce young audiences to the performing arts. Bring the entire family to beautiful Ironwoods Park and enjoy a free night of theatre under the stars.  We will take every precaution necessary to keep audience members socially distanced for the safety of all at performances. 

Leawood Stage Company, in cooperation with The Leawood Parks and Recreation Department, presents Seussical, a family friendly musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, July 9, 10 ,11 & 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ironwoods Amphitheatre in Ironwoods Park, at 147th and Mission Road.

Some seating is available at the amphitheater; however, we recommend bringing a blanket and/or lawn chairs.  Picnics are welcome but alcohol is not allowed in the park.  Light concessions are available for purchase. There will be a minimum purchase of $5 for credit/debit cards at the concession stand. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed, and we request they not disturb the audience members around them.  For show cancellations due to weather, check our show page or our Facebook Page.

Show times

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

Location

Ironwoods Park Amphitheater
14701 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66224

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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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National Dance Day 2021

National Dance Day

Hosted by Leawood Stage Company

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Leawood Stage Company to Host National Dance Day Presented by Vida Dance Company

Leawood Stage Company is again pleased to host a day of dance for the second year. See dancers of all types perform on Saturday, April 17th from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at Ironwoods Amphitheater in Ironwoods Park, 147th and Mission Road.

Time

April 17th
11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Kansas City joins other cities throughout the United States by celebrating National Dance Week 2021! Dancers of all ages, disciplines, and levels join together to present a day of free dance performances for the public at the annual National Dance Week Kansas City event. Celebrating the joy of dance together, from studios to universities to professional companies to independent choreographers. Over 20 groups will present their original works in genres including ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, aerial, Latino, Egyptian, Irish Step, and belly dance.

Emerging pre-professional choreographers participating in our Catalyst program have the opportunity to create brand-new pieces under the guidance of professional mentors and perform their pieces at this event as well.  Sponsored by the Leawood Stage Company and the Leawood Arts Council, this forth annual event is an exciting opportunity to watch some of KC’s best, perform in one location.

Local Dance Day organizers, VidaDance, are a passionate group of professional dancers who enjoy expression through movement and music, and who value challenge, creativity, positivity, and laughter.

Based in Leawood, VidaDance is all about interesting, accessible, and excellent choreography, technique, and artistry.  VidaDance is more than just a professional dance company – it’s a movement to bring dance to a wider audience.  VidaDance performs all over the greater Kansas City area as well as in St. Louis.  VidaDance won Best of Festival & Best of Venue at the Kansas City Fringe Festival in 2018, and Best of Venue in 2016. It has been invited to perform at numerous festivals and collaborative performances since its inception in 2015.

Bring the entire family to beautiful Ironwoods Park. We recommend bringing a blanket and/or lawn chairs. Picnics are welcome but alcohol is not allowed in the park. Dogs must be leashed, and we request that they not disturb the audience members around them. For more information, including participating groups, please visit the National Dance Week KC or the VidaDance Company website and check out our Facebook event page.

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Our Town Virtual Play Reading

Our Town

March 7, 2021 at 2pm

Leawood Stage Company presents Our Town

Leawood Stage Company is pleased to present a virtual reading of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer prize willing play Our Town. This is the second in a series of readings that give community actors a chance to read classic scripts and for audiences to hear well know plays and be able to discuss the work following the reading.

Our outstanding group of performers, coordinated by Chris McCoy and Carrie Lenahan, will help you escape the limits of the coronavirus from the comfort of your home.

Cast & production team

Dr. Chris McCoy: Director

Carrie Lenahan: Stage Directions Act III

“Our Town” tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. This simple story asks timeless questions about the meaning of love, life, and death in a continuing circle of life. Our Town was one of Wilder’s favorite works. Dissatisfied with the theatre of his time, he used a metatheatrical style where the narrator/Stage Manager, breaks the fourth wall to address the audience. The play is to be performed with little scenery, no set and minimal, making this a perfect work to be presented as reader’s theater.

Watch the actors read this classic and stay to engage with the cast as they examine the play and its playwright.

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The Cherry Orchard Virtual Play Reading

The Cherry Orchard staged reading at Leawood stage company

The Cherry Orchard

Jan. 24th, 2021 at 2pm

The password to view the show is "leawood"

The first in a series of play readings

Leawood Stage Company is pleased to present a virtual reading of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. This is the first in a series of readings that give community actors a chance to read classic scripts and audiences to hear well known plays.

Our outstanding group of performers, coordinated by Chris McCoy and Carrie Lenahan, will help you escape the limits of the coronavirus from the comfort of your home.

Location

The Zoom link to watch the show is below. The password to view the show is “leawood”

Show times

2pm on Sunday, Jan.24, 2021

First produced in Moscow in 1904, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era. Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece is about a family on the edge of ruin in a country on the brink of revolution. Often considered a comedy, we see the humanity and folly of this family as the world changes around them.

Before the Chiefs game, watch the actors read this classic!

Cast & production team

Dr. Chris McCoy: Director

Carrie Lenahan

Ellie DeShon: Lyubov
Un Joo Christopher: Anya
Stephanie Charlton: Varya
Bill Pelletier: Gaev
Peter Leondedis: Lopakhin
Brandon Baker: Trofimov
Marshall Rimann: Pishchik
Heather Tinker: Charlotta
Alec Bridges: Epikhodov
London Eichelberger: Dunyasha
Rod Chapin: Firs
Zach Lofland: Yasha
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City of Leawood Parks & Recreation Department

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Leawood’s Got Talent Virtual Talent Show

Leawood's got talent talent competition in Kansas City

Leawood's Got Talent!

A virtual talent competition

Video submissions due Jan. 25th

Leawood's got talent talent competition in Kansas City

Share your talent with the world!

Have you been brushing up on your performance skills while in quarantine? Leawood Stage Company, in cooperation with Leawood Parks and Recreation and Cultural Arts departments, is excited to present our first virtual talent competition Leawood’s Got Talent!

This talent show is open to anyone in Kansas City and the surrounding areas with any talent. There is no age limit, or restriction on what type of talent, or no restriction on where you live. Groups are welcome to participate, but will share the prize as one act. The winning act will receive a $150 gift card. The top four runners up will receive $75 gift cards.

Performers must submit an audition video by January 25th. Since we are limited by COVID restrictions each performer will need to make these videos in their own surroundings.

How to enter

Or email using this link and include name, mailing address, phone number, talent description, and permission to repost your video along with your submission.

The LSC talent panel board members will select the top acts for the first round. Those selected acts will then be posted for viewing and voting by the public through this website as well as the Leawood Stage Company Facebook Page. The public competition will be held in two rounds plus a final round.

Performers that advance will be asked to present a new video for each competition round.
Viewers from home will be able to vote for their favorite act by going to this page on the Leawood Stage Company website. One vote per person, per round will be counted. The acts with the most votes will advance to the next round.

Round One

Round One will be posted for viewing on January 29th and will available to watch for one week. Voting will close for Round One on February 7th.

Round Two

Round Two will be posted for viewing on February 19th and will available to watch for one week. Voting will close for Round Two on February 28th.

Round Three

The final Round will be posted for viewing on March 12th and will available to watch for one week. Voting will close for the Final Round on March 21st.
The Awards Ceremony will take place on Facebook Live, Friday, March 26th at 7:00 pm.
Get ready to shine at Leawood’s Got Talent! Submit your 3 minute audition video by January 25th.
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Keep tabs on the talent!

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