Becoming Billy: Inside “Billy Elliot” with Ben Renfrow
Pictured: Ben Renfrow as Billy in “Billy Elliot.” Photo courtesy of Spinning Tree Theatre. Our “Inside” series takes you behind the scenes of productions through blog posts written by the artists in the trenches. To read past “Inside” pieces, clickhere. By Ben Renfrow Tackling the role of Billy Elliot... Read more
Inside BILLY ELLIOT: Choreography and Casting with Andrew Grayman-Parkhurst
Pictured: Ben Renfrow as Billy Elliot in the “Angry Dance” number. Photo courtesy of Spinning Tree Theatre. By Andrew Grayman-Parkhurst On September 30, 2008, Michael (Grayman-Parkhurst) and I saw the final, invited dress rehearsal of the Broadway production of Billy Elliot. (Invited dress rehearsals—when a director gives the go-ahead—have... Read more
Inside PRIDE AND PREJUDICE with Walter Coppage and Lauren Spencer
Lauren Spencer and Walter Coppage, actors from KCRep’s current production of “Pride and Prejudice,” sat down with Kim Martin-Cotten (Assistant Artistic Director) to talk about stepping into this production. Kim Martin-Cotten: How is it to dive into a classic and find your way into what is both traditional and... Read more
Inside THE NANCE: Costuming Two Shows For One Production

For me, this show has to be approached almost like two separate shows. The burlesque scenes are one, and the story of Chauncey, Ned and the burlesque troupe are another.

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Inside THE NANCE: A Zap of Inspiration

I first encountered Douglas Carter Beane my junior year of college. I was disillusioned with school, unhappy with the direction my life was going, and certainly sick of the Ozarks.

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Inside A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN: An Outsiders View

Sheryl Mos takes us on a journey with Victor Raider-Wexler through his career and his preparation for playing Phil Hogan in KCAT’s A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN.

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Inside A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN: Ashley Pankow and Keeping O’Neill Relatable

She doesn’t see herself as undesirable; constantly comparing herself to what society says she should be, longing for a better life, and wanting to be forgiven and loved for who she really is. What woman doesn’t see herself as Josie at some point?”

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Inside BLITHE SPIRIT – Building a House for Both Comedy and Ghosts

It seemed like everyone I talked to about it told me a story about the time they designed it, or asked how I was planning to do this trick, or if I had thought about doing this thing.

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Inside BLITHE SPIRIT: Directing Coward

Director Doug Weaver takes us inside his vision for BLITHE SPIRIT at Kansas City Actors Theatre.

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Inside SKYLIGHT: Planning a Food Journey
PerformInk takes you inside Kansas City Actors Theatre’s production of SKYLIGHT through blog posts written by the people behind the scenes. To read past “Inside” articles click here. By Elizabeth Sampley I am normally a Stage Manager, put love to do Props Design on the side. Our director, Darren Sextro,... Read more
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