Theatre in the Park Set to Open First-Ever Indoor Production Theatre in the Park Set to Open First-Ever Indoor Production
The Theatre in the Park is set to open their first-ever indoor production tomorrow night as the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center opens... Theatre in the Park Set to Open First-Ever Indoor Production

The cast of GREASE rehearses “Greased Lightning.”

Now in their 48th season, The Theatre in the Park — which lays claim as the largest community theater in the country — is set to open their first-ever indoor production tomorrow night as the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center opens its doors.

Under the management of Johnson County Park & Recreation District, the center is home to The Johnson County Museum and various programs and classes, as well as a 330 seat theater space that will allow Theatre in the Park to extend their programming into colder weather. The new facility is housed in the transformed former King Louie building at 8788 Metcalf Ave in Overland Park, Kansas.

Theatre in the Park’s production of GREASE christens the space tomorrow night (Friday, June 9), directed by Producing Artistic Director Tim Bair. Marsha Canady serves as music director/conductor and Liz Ernst choreographs. The cast features Zane Champie (Danny), Genevieve Austin (Sandy), Spencer Gochis (Kenickie), Meredith Hollan (Rizzo), Colin Rohach (Roger), Lucas Lowry (Doody), Gerald Briscoe (Sonny), Emily Vargo (Frenchy), Britt Bowman (Marty), Rachael Field (Jan), Lyndsey Day (Miss Lynch), Cameron Mabie (Eugene), Jessica Alcorn (Cha Cha), Delano Mendoza (Vince/Johnny/Teen Angel), and Natalie Crane (Patty).

In addition to tomorrow’s opening night of GREASE, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday June 10, from 9am – 5pm with free Museum tours, drop-in dance classes, drop-in art classes, music, entertainment, and more,

Theatre in the Park’s first production of the season, SPAMALOT, opened June 2 in the outdoor amphitheater, and will be followed by CRAZY FOR YOU, Disney’s CAMP ROCK, BACK TO THE 80s, and Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. GREASE will run through June 25.

Jason Epperson

Jason is a producer, manager, and designer with 17 years of experience in Chicago, New York, and in the touring market. In 2015, he founded Lotus Theatricals – the publisher of Performink, and an independent commercial producing company – with Abigail Trabue.

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