‘Dracula’ Tops Must-See List

Catch more theatre, music, sports with UMKC

We are Kansas City’s university, and our hometown’s energy influences everything that happens here. We welcome our community to campus for an array of events, and we’re also happy to recommend opportunities on behalf of our alumni and friends. These activities are part of what give UMKC a vibrant campus life, and make UMKC an arts and culture powerhouse.


1. UMKC Theatre/Kansas City Actors Theatre Present: ‘Dracula’

Sensuous. Seductive. Sinister. Kansas City Actors Theatre presents its first-ever original production in this fresh adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic classic, “Dracula.” Produced in partnership with UMKC Theatre, this classic tale of obsession and desire arrives just in time for the Halloween season. Directed by John Rensenhouse after his record-breaking KCAT production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” last season, “Dracula” promises wickedly delicious fun, thrills, theatrical magic and intense performances.


The show runs through Oct. 21 at UMKC’s Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St. Tickets can be purchased online.


2. UMKC Conservatory: Fall Dance

The Fall Dance Concert features performances by students and choreography by faculty of the UMKC Dance Division. This exciting program includes Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) and the Conservatory Wind Symphony.


The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in UMKC’s White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St. Tickets are $8; $6 for seniors; and free for UMKC faculty, staff and all students with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be purchased online.


3. UMKC Men’s Soccer

Good to know:

UMKC is Kansas City’s Division I sports team.


Join UMKC Men’s Soccer when they take on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. General admission tickets start at $8 and can be purchased online. UMKC students are free with a current student ID. UMKC faculty and staff can also get $5 admission with a current UMKC ID. Stay up-to-date with UMKC Athletics by downloading the UMKC Roos Athletic App.


4. ‘A Life In A Year’ Part 1: Developing Kansas City

Robert Barrett, a Kansas City-based photographer, recently donated his photographs to UMKC Libraries, giving everyone access to more than 100,000 images. They are the lasting representation of Barrett’s life and experiences, and a rich storehouse of our shared history and culture over the past four decades. Beginning this fall UMKC Libraries is embarking on “A Life In A Year,” a year-long retrospective of Barrett’s work in three parts:

Part 1: Developing Kansas City
Part 2: Focusing on Faces
Part 3: Exposing our Environment


“A Life In A Year” Part 1: Developing Kansas City will be on display through Dec. 14 in the Link Gallery on the Ground Floor of Miller Nichols Library. It is free and open to the public.


5. Federico Solmi: ‘The Great Farce’

This is the most recent chapter in New York-based Italian artist Federico Solmi’s unfolding investigation into the unspoken archetypal myths that provide the underpinning for nativist ideologies. Mining the contradictions and inaccuracies of historical narratives that the artist views as having lured their target audiences into a chaotic era of misinformation, Solmi takes particular aim at the society of the spectacle, whose bottomless thirst for glittering pageants of mind-numbing banality can be opportunistically used to purposefully deprive the citizenry of their right to the truth, in the process undermining their capacity to engage in critical reflection of the world around them.


The exhibit is part of the Open Spaces Arts Experience 2018. It runs through Oct. 25 at the UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203 of the Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.


6. The Coterie: ‘Becoming Martin’

This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights. This play is a Coterie commissioned work by noted filmmaker, screenwriter, director and playwright Kevin Willmott. He currently serves as a professor of film studies at the University of Kansas and is hailed as one of the most prolific independent filmmakers today, with films such as Ninth StreetC.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Chi-Raq, for which he was executive producer and co-writer with Spike Lee. A post-performance Question and Answer session will follow each performance.

Good to know:

Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.


The show runs through Oct. 21 at The Coterie, 2450 Grande Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased from The Coterie Box Office by calling 816-474-6552 or online.


7. ‘Always… Patsy Cline’

“Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Patsy’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Patsy until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight.” The show’s title was inspired by Patsy’s letters to Louise, which were consistently signed “Love always… Patsy Cline.”

Good to know:

Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates; the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences presented both honorary doctorates in 2012.


The production runs through Dec. 2 at New Theatre Restaurant, 9229 Foster, Overland Park, Kan. Tickets can be purchased online.


8. KCRep: ‘Of Mice and Men’

A pair of migrant workers in Depression-era California move from town to town in search of work, and dream of buying land and owning a ranch someday. Straight-shooter George protects Lennie, whose sweet, simple-mindedness is juxtaposed by his formidable strength. When the two find work on Curley’s ranch, a series of tragic events lead to one of the most heartbreaking conclusions in American literature. John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life.’ This is a co-production with UMKC Theatre.


“Of Mice and Men” runs Oct. 19 through Nov. 17 on the Copaken Stage, 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 816-235-2700 or online.


9. Unicorn Theatre: ‘Sweat’

A group of close friends share everything: secrets, laughs and drinks at the local watering hole in Reading, Pa. But when layoffs begin at the factory where they work, friendships are shattered and loyalties are questioned in the fight for survival. This prize-winning play by Unicorn favorite Lynn Nottage (Ruined, By the Way Meet Vera Stark) explores the collapse of working-class America and the impact on communities when Union workers are locked out and racial tensions run high.

Good to know:

The Unicorn Theatre was started by three UMKC Theatre graduates.


This play runs through Nov. 11 at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box office at 816-531-7529 or online.

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|Article by Bridget Koan, Strategic Marketing and Communications

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