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Jan 07

Indoor production of “In the Heights” runs Oct. 5-21 and has accompanying art exhibition

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 5:10 PM by Anthony Oropeza

Before he wrote the smash hit “Hamilton,” composer, lyricist, and star Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote another musical which won four Tony awards and was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. That show, “In the Heights,” is the next indoor production being presented by The Theatre in the Park at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. 
 
“In the Heights” will begin Oct. 5 and run through Oct. 21 in The Black Box Theatre at JCAHC.  In addition, a related art installation titled “Respira. Just Breathe.” will be available for viewing during regular hours through November at JCAHC.

“I’m looking forward to our patrons experiencing the personal and inspiring style of Lin-Manuel Miranda,” said Fine and Performing Arts Manager Tim Bair. “The story is so wonderful, and real. It really is a slice of life story relating to a specific place in New York City.”

“In the Heights” tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
 
“In the Heights” is Rated PG, and will be presented 10 times. Each show will last about two hours with a 20-minute intermission. Evening performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. are planned for Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20. Afternoon performances at 2 p.m. are planned for Oct. 7, 14, 20 and 21. Interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing will be present for the evening performance on Oct. 20.
 
With the exception of afternoon shows, tickets are $14.50 for children ages 10 and under, $14.85 for seniors 60 and older, and $16.50 for adults 11 to 59. Admission costs for afternoon shows are $11.60 for ages 10 and under, $11.88 for seniors 60 and older, and $13.20 for adults 11 and older.
 
Tickets are available anytime online at www.theatreinthepark.org/purchase-arts-and-heritage-center-tickets, or can be purchased at JCAHC during regular hours.
 
The Black Box Theatre provides The Theatre in the Park with a year-round venue to supplement its outdoor summer productions during June, July, and August in Shawnee Mission Park. JCAHC is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.
 
In conjunction with the production of “In the Heights,” the exhibition “Respira. Just Breathe.” highlights immigration as present in the city streets of New York. Through innovative collaboration of street-art and multi-ethnic perspective, visitors will see, hear, and feel what it means to finally exhale. This exhibition is supported by a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
 
“After sending out a public call for entry, the artists we chose are a group from the Johnson County Developmental Supports Emerging Artists program,” explained Fine Arts Coordinator Devin Graham.  “JT Daniels, Arts Specialist for Emerging Artists, designed and has the led the group for the on-site installation.  As an on-site installation, the exhibition is considered one whole piece, although there will be approximately ten canvas paintings available for sale to the public.  All proceeds go directly to the artists.”
 
Just like “In the Heights” is a story of home, family, and finding where you belong, the art exhibit aims to be something that echoes to everyone who can identify as different.  
 
“We acknowledge these differences in celebration,” Graham said. “Diversity is precisely what makes our world so rich, as individuals and groups of all ethnicities, ages, orientations, and capabilities bring forth innovative ideas as an agent of change.”
 
“Respira. Just Breath.” will be installed by Oct. 5, and will come down starting Nov. 11.  This exhibition is free to visit in JCAHC’s Creative Commons area, and will be available during the center’s regular hours. JCAHC is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays.
 
Up next for The Theatre in the Park at JCAHC is a return engagement of Harry Connick Jr’s “The Happy Elf,” which is Rated G, on Dec. 7 through 23; and a Winter Theatre Academy production of “Zombie Prom,” Rated PG, on Dec. 28 and 29. In addition, the second annual Stars Gala New Year’s event will take place beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 at JCAHC.
 
Jan 07

“The Little Mermaid” and “South Pacific” launch The Theatre in the Park’s 2018 outdoor season

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 5:08 PM by Anthony Oropeza

Two audience favorites set in warm watery places will launch The Theatre in the Park’s 49th outdoor season during June, and TTIP’s Summer Theatre Academy participants will present two shows with two performances each at The Black Box Theatre inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.

 

Disney’s© “The Little Mermaid,” which is Rated G, will be on the outdoor stage in Shawnee Mission Park June 8 through 10, and June 13 through 16. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s© “The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”

 

Next up is the outdoor production of “South Pacific,” which is Rated PG; and on stage June 22 through 24, and June 27 through 30. This Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic is set on an island paradise during World War II, and tells two parallel love stories, which are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Musical numbers include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “Younger Than Springtime.”

 

Theatre Academy shows will include “Willy Wonka Kids,” and “The Lion King Kids.” Both shows are Rated G, and performers in grades three through eight will present indoor performances at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, of both shows on June 16 and 30. Later this summer, two performances of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach Jr.,” which is Rated G, will be presented by performers in grades five through 12 on July 27 and 28. The public performances will be the culmination of two- and three-week camp programs. For more information of Theatre Academies and show tickets, visit the theater’s website.

 

For outdoor productions, gates open at 7 p.m., and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.  General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for youth ages four to ten, plus tax, and free for children three and under, but tickets are still required. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. “Anytime tickets” available via either ticket-buying method, are not specific to a certain night or performance, and can be printed out at home and scanned at the gate.

 

Continuing in 2018 is Thrifty Thursdays whereby a 20 percent discount is offered on Thursday night performances. This makes adult tickets $6.40 and children’s tickets $4.80, plus tax. The discounted tickets must be purchased at the box office for the specific show.

 

Also returning is Movies in the Park, through which participants can see popular and classic films on a 40-foot screen on the TTIP stage for only $1 per person at the gate. Films are shown on selected Tuesday nights when musical productions are not scheduled. Dates for 2018 Movies in the Park are: Disney’s© “Beauty and the Beast” Sing-Along version on June 12, “Wonder Woman” on June 26, “Despicable Me3” on July 10, the original “The Land Before Time” on July 24, and Disney’s© “Coco” on Aug. 7

 

With the exceptions of “Wonder Woman,” which is Rated PG-13, and “The Land Before Time,” which is Rated G, all of this year’s films are rated PG. Note that the theatre’s usual rain-out policy does not apply to movie nights. Due to licensing restrictions, if a movie has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, no refunds will be issued and no tickets will be revalidated. On movie nights, gates open at 7:30 p.m., and movies start between 8:30 and 8:45 depending on sunset.

 

Other outdoor productions this summer will include: “Into the Woods,” Rated PG, July 6 through 14; “The Addams Family,” Rated PG, July 20 through 28; and Disney’s© “High School Musical 1 & 2, Rated G, Aug. 3 through 11. With the exceptions of “The Little Mermaid” and “High School Musical 1 & 2,” which are rated G, this year’s shows are rated PG. Much more information about the theatre and this year’s productions is available at The Theatre in the Park’s website.

 

This year’s outdoor season, the Movies in the Park presentations, and Summer Academy programs are sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health and First National Bank. Sponsorships for specific shows are still available, and you can learn more by calling Kate Buenger (913) 826-3016 or at [email protected]

 

The Theatre in the Park is located north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.


Jan 07

Two more productions and a New Year’s event still scheduled for 2018

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 5:07 PM by Anthony Oropeza

The Theatre in the Park recently announced its 50th season to be presented in 2019, but before 2018 is over, two shows and major new special event at The Black Box Theatre indoors at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center are still planned.

TIP’s 2019 schedule is chock-full and includes 12 shows, split between indoor productions at The Black Box Theatre, and five outdoor shows on TIP’s outdoor stage in Shawnee Mission Park.  
 
Up first is “Forever Plaid,” which will be at JCAHC April 19 through May 5, and is Rated PG. Auditions for this show will take place on Jan. 27.
 
Outdoor summer productions will include:  “Annie,” which is Rated G and on stage June 7 through 15; “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” which is Rated PG; and on stage June 21 through 29 “The Music Man,” Rated G, July 5 through 13; Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” Rated PG, July 19 through 27; and “The Wizard of Oz, Rated PG, Aug. 2 through 10. Auditions for this show will take place Feb. 23 and 24 at JCAHC.
 
Productions of TIP’s Summer Theatre Academy for youth will take place indoors at The Black Box Theatre, and include: “Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr., which is Rated G, will take place June 15; “Once on This Island Jr.,” (an original adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, "The Little Mermaid")  Rated G, on June 29; and “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” Rated G, on July 19 and 20. For more information about Academy programs, watch for JCPRD’s 2019 Summer Camp Guide online at jcprd.com after Jan. 21, and in print form the following week.

“As this upcoming season will be a milestone of 50 years for us, I wanted our five outdoor productions to appeal to families and a broader demographic than we might normally attract,” said Fine and Performing Arts Manager Tim Bair. “It’s a great year for us, and I want as many people as possible to experience the terrific work we do at the park each summer. I think the shows all have really good appeal, and will draw a lot of folks to the park this summer!”
 
The fall 2019 indoor production at The Black Box Theatre will be “Sweet Charity,” which is Rated PG, and will take place Oct. 11 through 27.
 
December 2019 productions at JCAHC include “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which is Rated G, on Dec. 6 through 22; and a Winter Theatre Academy production of “Hairspray Jr.,” Rated G, on Dec. 28 and 29.

Plans to celebrate TIP’s 50 season are still being finalized, but Bair gave a few hints. 

“We’ve got some special things planned for both opening night of our first indoor production, and some surprises for opening night outdoor with “Annie,” and every show night outdoors,” he said. 

Although specific films have not yet been announced, officials anticipate the popular Movies in the Park program will also return in 2019. Through this program, patrons can see popular films on a 40-foot screen on the TIP stage on selected summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled.

The two final shows of the fall and early winter 2018 season at The Black Box Theatre include 11 performances of “The Happy Elf,” which is Rated G, between Dec. 7 and 23, and two performances of “Zombie Prom”  which is Rated PG, on Dec. 28 and 29 as part of the Winter Theater Academy for grades seven through 12. In addition, the second-annual New Year’s event called Stars Gala will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 at JCAHC.

“The Happy Elf” tells the tale of Eubie the Elf, a lovable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville. Families will love this festive tale of overcoming adversity, friendship, the power of positivity and believing in yourself! 

Evening performances of “The Happy Elf” beginning at 7:30 p.m. are planned for Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. Tickets for these shows are $14.50 for children ages 10 and under, $14.85 for seniors 60 and older, and $16.50 for ages 11 and older. Afternoon performances beginning at 2 p.m. are planned for Dec. 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23.  Tickets for the Sunday matinees on Dec. 9, 16, and 23 are 20 percent off, making those tickets $11.60 for children ages 10 and under, $11.88 for seniors 60 and older, and $13.20 for ages 11 and older. Groups of 10 or more receive a 15 percent discount, but must call (913) 826-2787. 

“Zombie Prom,” is a girl-loves-ghoul-rock-and-roll-Off-Broadway musical set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy, but family pressure forces her to end the romance. He charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump, and returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee’s heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. Evening shows of “Zombie Prom” beginning at 6 p.m. are set for Dec. 28 and 29. A show beginning at 2 p.m. is also set for Dec. 29. All tickets are general admission at a cost of $10 per person, and tickets will go on sale beginning Dec. 17.

The Stars Gala New Year’s event promises an all-inclusive Broadway-themed evening benefitting TIP.  Participants will enjoy a fabulous dinner, open bar, entertainment, dancing, a silent auction, and a champagne toast. The event will also include a preview of the 2019 season. Not only will it be a fantastic evening, but a great way to support the arts in Johnson County. Tickets for the Stars Gala are $125 per person. 

Much more information about all of TIP’s productions is available on the Theatre in the Park website.