UMKC Opera Delights

Seven events you must see

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. Fall Opera: Hänsel und Gretel

Join UMKC Opera for a flavorful fairy tale offering. With delightful, imaginative paper scenery by Jeff Ridenour and mouth-watering projections by Kris Kirkwood, this childhood tale is given a toothsome twist. Director Fenlon Lamb stirs in a couple tricks and Humperdinck’s lush orchestral harmonies combine with charming folk melodies for a pitch-perfect treat.


Oct. 26 – 29 at White Recital Hall in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. For ticketing information, please call the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or visit the website.


2. Volleyball

Good to know:

UMKC is Kansas City’s Division I sports team.


1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 at Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, St., Kansas City, Mo. Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. General admission tickets start at $7 and can be purchased online.


3. KCRep Presents: ‘Fences’

The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle, it tells the gripping story of an African American father and son and the hopes and dreams to which they desperately cling. Powerful and poetic, Fences is a true American classic.


The show runs now through Nov. 5 at Copaken Stage, 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 816-235-2700.


4. Disgraced

The personal is political in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama presented by the Unicorn Theatre. Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. His wife, Emily, is a white artist whose work explores Islamic imagery. When this couple hosts a dinner party for their colleagues, the veneer of civility gives way to a damaging encounter in this unflinching tale of big-city aspiration, cultural assimilation and the truth hiding just below the deception.

Good to know:

Three UMKC Theatre graduates started Unicorn Theatre.


The show runs now through Nov. 12. Tickets can be purchased online or from the Unicorn Theatre Box Office at 816-531-7529.


5. Capturado: Faces of Cuba

This is an exhibit featuring photographs by Jimmy Adegoke, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Geosciences. It highlights the rich diversity of the Cuban people.


Now through Dec. 15, the “Capturado: Faces of Cuba” exhibit will be on display at the Miller Nichols Library, Ground Floor – Link Gallery, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo. It is free.


6. Driving Miss Daisy

Daisy, a wealthy, acerbic widow, has wrecked another car. Her son decides she needs a chauffeur and hires an unemployed black man named Hoke. Daisy and Hoke dislike each other initially but over the course of 25 years, the two grow to become very dear friends. This funny, joyful play won the Pulitzer Prize and the film adaptation won four Oscars, including Best Picture.

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.


Now through Nov. 26. New Theatre Restaurant is located at 9299 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan. Tickets can be purchased online.


7. Every Day Contains All of History

The UMKC Gallery of ArtUMKC Black Studies Program and the Bernardin Haskell Lecture Series present an exhibit with Jared Thorne, “Every Day Contains All of History.”


The free exhibit will run through Nov. 17 at the UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203, Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.


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