UMKC Theatre’s new production and more!
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: ‘The Storytelling Project’
UMKC Theatre’s next graduate student production, “The Storytelling Project,” has something for every theatre fan – drama, intrigue, music, dance, comedy and originality. It is a devised theatrical show featuring the UMKC second year MFA actors, MFA designers and undergraduate production staff.
“The Storytelling Project” runs Feb. 23 through March 4 in Studio 116 of the UMKC Performing Arts Center. There will be a talk back on Tuesday, Feb. 27, following the show, which allows the audience to ask questions of the cast and crew. Tickets can be purchased from the UMKC Central Ticket Office. Free parking for the performance is available on levels five and six of the Cherry Street Parking Garage.
2. Women’s Basketball vs. New Mexico State
Good to know:
UMKC is Kansas City’s Division I sports team.
The game is at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24 at Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes, St., Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City, Mo. Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. It’s Senior Day, our last opportunity to give our fourth-year players a great sendoff. General admission tickets start at $8 and can be purchased online.
Over a century ago, the Tucks – Ma, Pa and their sons Miles and Jesse – drank from a forest spring. Ever since, no one in the family has aged a bit. Now they have to live separately only to reunite once every 10 years because of rising suspicions when they never age. Now, young Winnie Foster is out exploring the woods, and she has accidentally discovered the Tuck family secret… which brings her to the question: Is living outside the rules of time a blessing or a curse?
Good to know:
Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.
The play runs now through Feb. 27 through April 5. Tickets can be purchased from The Coterie Box Office by calling 816-474-6552 or from the website. The Coterie is located at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Ave., Suite 144, Kansas City, Mo.
4. Sweet Honey in the Rock – UMKC Conservatory Artist Series
Sweet Honey In The Rock® is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and America Sign Language interpretation for the deaf and hearing impaired. Sweet Honey’s audience and community come from diverse backgrounds and cultures throughout the United States and around the world, and includes people of all ages, economic/educational/social backgrounds, political persuasions, religious affiliations, sexual preferences and abilities.
The performance is at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23 in White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for UMKC faculty, staff and all students with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be purchased online.
5. A Look Inside Our Antique Bookplate Collection
As one of the more seemingly ephemeral works of graphic arts, bookplates nevertheless can wield a powerful visual presence in a small amount of space. Bookplates are printed labels that indicate ownership of a book, and are usually affixed to the inside cover of a volume. While the bookplates in this exhibit offer a cross-section of the collection, there are nearly 600 unique bookplates available for viewing in the LaBudde Special Collections.
This free exhibit is on display now and will run through the spring semester. It is on the Fourth Floor, Dean’s Gallery, Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St.
6. New Exhibit at UMKC Gallery of Art
The UMKC Gallery of Art announces the first exhibit of the spring semester, Images Flash.
The exhibit opens Thursday, Jan. 25 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 24. An Opening Reception is scheduled for 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 in the UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203, Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St.
Newlywed Corie wants everything about the new apartment to be perfect for her new husband Paul. But it has no furniture or heat, the skylight lets in the snow, the paint job’s all wrong and the bedroom is too small for a bed. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, Corie’s mom and potential boyfriend show up. One of Neil Simon’s best comedies, “Barefoot” received an Oscar nomination and four Tony nominations including Best Play.
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 now through April 22 at New Theatre Restaurant, 9229 Foster
Overland Park, Kan. Tickets can be purchased online.
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