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Theatre Department collaborates with local playhouses for upcoming season

Alexander Fulton

UMKC Theatre Department promises to delight audiences with a variety of production genres for the 2018-2019 season. Most productions combine graduate level work with a professional company, however, some utilize just undergraduate or graduate students.

“Women” runs Oct. 5-14 utilizing undergraduate actors and designers to modernize “Little Women.”

After that, the department moves to “Dracula.” Running Oct. 17-21 the cast will feature both UMKC MFA actors and members of The Kansas City Actors Theatre.

“Of Mice and Men,” in collaboration with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, runs Oct. 26-Nov. 11 to showcase the UMKC MFA students’ work.

“A Christmas Carol,” unites members of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre with several MFA actors and costume designers to tell the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit Nov. 16-Dec. 30.

“The Wolves,” in collaboration with the Unicorn Theatre, runs Dec. 1-30 with a cast of both undergraduate actors and MFA actors.

The department will collaborate with the Coterie Theater during the spring semester for “Secret Soldiers”, which tells the story of four women who disguise themselves as men to serve in the Civil War.

Other plays presented in the spring will include “The Tempest,” “The Game Of Love and Chance.”

The Origins KC play festival will premiere several untitled works from April 29-May 19, including an untitled work in collaboration with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre running May 8-12.

Patricia McIlrath Endowed Chair in Theater Arts, Theodore Swetz, and UMKC Theatre Chair Carla Noack make up the Season Selection Committee, which meets weekly to read through plays and decide the following year’s productions.

“Our lineup is carefully designed to challenge and showcase the talents of our students,” said Noack. “Each production we do is essentially a lab in which students can practice the tools they’re learning in class and hone their craft.”

Partnerships with professional companies, as well as a variety of genres, provides students with a “wide variety of worlds to play in,” according to Noack.

“I’m excited that we’re kicking things off in such a hilarious way with Women featuring the extraordinary talents of our undergraduate students,” said Noack. “Then to be able to follow this with a production of Dracula—when the nights are getting longer and there’s a chill in the air—is just bloody beautiful.”

To purchase tickets, which cost $10 for current UMKC students, for any of the productions visit or call the box office at 816-235-6222.

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