“There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,” sings Curly as the audience gets their first glimpse of Oklahoma!, the first musical of the 2015-2016 school year produced by the Raytown High School Theatre and Music Departments, running Nov. 19-21. Oklahoma! is a lively and hilarious musical that premiered on Broadway on March 31, 1943, and has won numerous awards, including the Olivier awards for Outstanding Musical Production, Best Set Design, and Best Theatre Choreographer.
The show is set in early 1900’s Oklahoma, before it was made the 46th member of the Union, and follows the story of Laurey, Curly, and their friends as the Box Social approaches. Featuring songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Kansas City,” “Cain’t Say No,” “Out of My Dreams,” and “Oklahoma!,” this show is full of musical numbers to remember.
The main cast includes Zach Kujath as Curly McLain, Emma Drace as Laurey Williams, Julianna McCarroll as Aunt Eller, Caleb McCarroll as Jud Fry, Raynesha Green as Ado Annie, Braden Best as Will Parker, Israel Hanke as Ali Hakim, and Richard Jones as Andrew Carnes.
The Raytown High School theatre, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Kolster, continues its season with The Odd Couple showing Feb. 25-27, 2016, and Hairspray, April 14-16, 2016. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office before and after school, or before the performance. To receive the advanced rate, one may also email Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve.
Students: $5. General Admission: $7 in advance/reserved, $8 at the door.
The Royals trailed until in the 9th inning KC was able to tie the score 2 to 2 and then finish the 9th without the Mets scoring. The game continued in extra innings until at the top of the 12th inning the Royals put 5 more runs on the scoreboard and finished the bottom of the inning by holding the Mets from adding any runs. It was a nail biting game until the 9th. To say that this team never gives up is an understatement.
October 31st will be the last day for this seasons Raytown Farmers Market. The plan to have a Harvest Festival, with Arts and Crafts for kids , Face Painting, and a photo booth, It is located at 6210 Raytown Road, across the street from the library. On my last visit I noticed some nice produce and some very soft alpaca hats.
Alpaca hats, knitted and also felted versions, a lot softer than wool.
Jackson County, KCATA Agree to Funding Deal to Purchase Rock Island Corridor
Jackson County nears deal with Union Pacific
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Kansas City Area Transportation Authority President and CEO Joe Reardon announced a cooperative agreement today that will provide the financing necessary for the future acquisition of the 17.7 miles of the Rock Island Corridor from Union Pacific Railroad.
“This is an historic step forward for our entire community. The significance of this announcement, and its potential to shape our county’s growth for generations to come, cannot be overstated,” said Sanders.
Dozens of supporters attended the announcement at the Truman Sports Complex, including community leaders, proponents of walking and biking, trail enthusiasts, and transit supporters. Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough, and Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads, whose communities will be directly affected, attended the announcement to show their support.
Photo courtesy of Pat Ertz
“Imagine being able to leave your seat at the top of Arrowhead Stadium and get home before most cars leave the parking lot,” said Sanders. “Imagine the economic development in Kansas City, Raytown and Lee’s Summit spurred by trailheads and transit stops. Imagine connecting to the Katy Trail so that you can ride a bike from the Truman Sports Complex to the St. Louis Arch.”
The Rock Island project has received federal support in the past, and is ready for even more. U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver hopes support comes soon.
“This announcement is a major step forward for our community,” said Cleaver. “This partnership shows the federal government what local communities can do with leaders like Mike Sanders and Joe Reardon. Now it is time for the federal government to do its part and support worthy projects like the Rock Island corridor.”
KCATA will provide part of the funding to acquire the corridor. The KCATA Board of Commissioners approved the cooperative agreement at a meeting shortly before the announcement.
“The opportunity to secure this invaluable corridor for public access and future transportation and development will benefit our entire region for years to come. We are excited about our partnership with Jackson County. I applaud Mike Sanders for his efforts to secure the Rock Island Corridor over the last four years without which we would not be where we are today,” said Reardon
While discussions with Union Pacific continue, the parties announced that they are nearing a final agreement.
“All major issues involving the acquisition of the Rock Island corridor have been agreed to. We anticipate having a final agreement very soon” said Sanders. “In addition, $10 million in federal funds has already been set aside to help clear the way for future construction on the trail.”
“Union Pacific is proud to be a partner in this project with Jackson County,” said Lindsey Douglas, Director of Public Affairs – KS & MO for Union Pacific. “We have addressed the major points related to the purchase of the Rock Island line and expect to finalize the agreement soon.”
The corridor extends from the Truman Sports Complex southeast to Lee’s Summit. With plans already in place to extend the Katy Trail from Windsor to Pleasant Hill, only a small gap will remain to connect the corridor with the Katy Trail.
“Connecting the Rock Island corridor to the Katy Trail will make that trail one of the longest in our country,” said Sanders. “The economic impact of the Katy Trail on mid-Missouri has been immense, generating almost $20 million annually for local economies.”
Over 56,000 residents, 23,000 households and 25,000 jobs are within one mile of the Rock Island corridor.
Raytown Police were called to the scene of a reported bank robbery at the Bank of America on 63rd St. at about 1:19 p.m. Friday afternoon (09/11/2015). A lone, unshaven, light-complected black man in his thirties, carrying a brown accordion folder passed a note to a teller demanding money. No weapon was displayed and no injuries were reported. The man was described as having an average build; about 5’ 8” to 5’ 10” tall; wearing wire framed glasses, a Kansas City Chief’s ball cap, and a long sleeved grey hoodie. He fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has assumed the investigation.
Police would like anyone with information about this or any other crime to call the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).
Raytown Police have identified the victim of yesterday’s shooting as 31 year old Danny L. Dean of Kansas City, Kansas. Dean was shot in a parking lot at the corner of 66th Terr. and Raytown Rd. Thursday evening (09/10/2015) just before 6:00 p.m. A plain clothed policeman heard the shots from across the street where there was also an ambulance crew. Officers and paramedics were on the scene almost immediately and Dean was very quickly removed to an area hospital, but was pronounced dead.
Police believe that there were groups of people that met in the parking lot that evening for what investigators believe was some sort of criminal enterprise. After some talking and visits back and forth between the various cars, the business ended abruptly with Dean being shot by someone from one of the other cars. Police have the car in which Dean arrived and have identified those that arrived in it. Another car was seen leaving the scene of the incident and was captured in this bit of surveillance video:
Raytown Police are at the scene of shooting in a parking lot at 66th Terr. and Raytown Rd. A few minutes before 6:00 p.m. this evening, a plain clothed officer in a nearby building radioed for patrol cars to meet him there where he had just heard the sound of shots. At about the same time, dispatchers were receiving a call of gunfire in the parking lot. The plain clothed officer radioed that a light grey or silver car with a “boxy” rear end appeared to be fleeing the scene and was last seen eastbound on 67th St. As Officers arrived it was reported that one man was shot and lying in the parking lot. That man was taken from the scene to an area hospital and pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The victim has not been identified.
Police say that it appears that the fleeing car, or one like it, had been in contact with the victim in the parking lot. It was reportedly occupied by at least three persons, and possibly more. Witnesses tell police that all of the persons involved appeared to be in their twenties, were black, and included both male and female. Any one with information about this, or any other crime are asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).
Two patrol cars were damaged in a non-injury collision while responding to the call.
A son of Raytown made the news recently by rescuing a child trapped in a hot car with his bare hands. Many of us remember Brandon as a lineman for Raytown South and before that a lineman for the Raytown Sports Association team the Giants. Well we now have something else to remember about Brandon, that he was willing to ignore pain to punch out a car window and rescue a child trapped in 90+ weather.
Thanks go out to KCTV5 for providing the code to embed a video of their report on this story.
From the Raytown Police Dept.
Man Charged In Raytown Shooting
Raytown, MO – A 25-year-old Raytown man has been charged in the shooting Monday evening of another man in front of a Raytown residence, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Michael D. Monroe-Davis, dob 10/22/1989, faces Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action.*
According to court records, the 23-year-old victim was found by Raytown police who responded to a reported shooting in the 9400 block of East 82nd Street in Raytown. Witnesses told police that the defendant shot the man after they had been fighting inside the residence and in the front yard. The defendant pulled out a handgun and shot the victim one time in the chest. Then he left the scene. Raytown and Kansas City police found the defendant hiding in a house in Kansas City the next day and he was arrested.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $250,000/10 percent.
From the Jackson County Prosecutors Press release.
On 08-17-15 at around 1653 hours, Officers were dispatched to 9418 E. 82nd St. Raytown, Missouri
64138 regarding a shooting. Officers arrived and observed that Mr. William L. Jones black male born 08-
06-1992 suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. Witnesses stated that Mr. Michael Monroe-Davis
black male born 10-22-1989, with a street name “Meechi” shot Mr. Jones after a physical fight. They
began to argue inside of 9418 E. 82nd St. Raytown, Missouri and continued to the front yard. Witnesses
stated while outside Mr. Monroe-Davis pulled out a silver semi-automatic handgun and shot Mr. Jones in
the chest one time. Witnesses stated Mr. Monroe-Davis ran to his black Ford F-250 pickup truck, leaving
the scene. The victim was later transported to an area hospital.
On 08-18-15 at around 1600 hours, Detective Wolsey received an anonymous tip that Mr. Monroe-Davis
was hiding in a house located at 62xx E. 17th St. Kansas City, Missouri. The tipster also stated the
suspect’s truck was located in the area of 62xx E. 151h Terrace Kansas City, Missouri, abandoned behind a
vacant house. Detectives Wolsey and Scott Gillespie located Mr. Monroe-Davis’ truck in an alley behind
the said address. Detective Wolsey verified the truck as being a black Ford F-250 Super Duty truck
bearing Missouri license of7DU-xxx with a VJN of IFT7X2B6XEEBxxxxx. Detective Wolsey verified
that the vehicle was stolen 08-11-15 from 22xx SW Walden Place Lee’s Summit, Missouri and that it was
our suspects vehicle. The SHP number for the stolen truck was 150811-08xxxx.
Mr. Monroe-Davis stated on 08-17-15 at around 6:00AM he received threatening text messages from Mr.
Jones. He stated Mr. Jones stated he was going to shoot Mr. Monroe-Davis 3 times. At around 2 or 3:00
PM Mr. Monroe-Davis decided to travel over to 94xx E. 82nd St. Raytown, Missouri 64138 to visit
friends. He stated he drove to the house driving the recovered stolen Ford F-250 listed above. He stated
Mr. Jones was at the house and they began to argue about the threatening text messages. Mr. Monroe-Davis
stated his friends broke the fight up while inside the house. He said he walked outside near the
driveway when Mr. Jones ran outside. Mr. Monroe-Davis said he observed Mr. Jones running towards
him with his right hand behind his leg as if he was holding a gun. Mr. Monroe-Davis stated he pulled the
handgun recovered from his backpack and shot him one time. Mr. Monroe-Davis stated he did not mean
for the gun to go off. Mr. Monroe-Davis stated he thought he killed Mr. Jones so he got back into his
black Ford F-250 and traveled back towards 62xx E. 17th St. Kansas City, Missouri. He said he got into a
short pursuit with KCPD and lost them, later parking the truck behind the 62xx E. 15th Terrace address.
Mr. Monroe-Davis stated he got the handgun from a friend after reading the threatening text messages
from Mr. Jones. Mr. Monroe-Davis had nothing further to add and was taken back to the booking area.
The Raytown School District is pleased to announce its Alumni Hall of Fame Class for 2015. The class includes six individuals who will join the ranks of other respected alumni on during the September 18 and 19 Induction Weekend activities.
Linda Rae Chappell is a 1965 graduate of Raytown South High School. She is the owner and president of SpiritWorks Cheerleading and Dance Company, the former owner and president of Dynamic Cheerleaders Association, an educator and an author. Stephanie L. Davis is a 1995 graduate of Raytown High School. She is the CEO and Founder of The Advocate Group, the Co-Artistic Director/Founder of Unbound Collective, and a marketing and branding consultant, Social Terra.
Sgt. Major Kent Dolasky is a 1986 graduate of Raytown High School. He has served as the Commander of Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medals, and is an Incarnate Word University Alumni of Distinction Award Winner. Tim Dollar is a 1977 graduate of Raytown High School. He is an award winning trial lawyer, has served as the Special Assistant Prosecutor, Jackson County, Missouri, and is a Founding Partner, Dollar, Burns & Becker, LC.
Eddie Lee is a 1974 graduate of Raytown South High School. He is and internationally known cellist, performer, and teacher, is the Principal Solo Cellist of the Korean National Orchestra, and the Musical Director of the Ulsan Sinfonia Players (Professional Ensemble). Trevor Vance is a 1985 graduate of Raytown High School. He is the Senior Director of Groundskeeping and Landscaping for the Kansas City Royals, a member of 15 Superbowl and 3 Pro Bowl grounds crews, and a civic-minded volunteer.
The six inductees will meet with students at the two district high schools, will be featured speakers at a luncheon, and will be introduced at the Raytown South vs. Raytown football game all on Friday, September 18; the formal induction is on Saturday, September 19.
This is the 11th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which began in 2005.
DIRECTOR: Ms. PATRICIA MCLAUGHLIN
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Mr. Ryan Sullivan
ACCOMPANIST: Mr. James D. Walters
ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR: Mr. Eric Eckhoff
CHOREOGRAPHER: Ms. Kristen Sullivan
ASSITANT DIRECTOR: Ms. Pam Gieseke-Becker
Performance Dates & Location: July 17-18, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinee: July 19, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
Performances held at RAYTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
Robert B. Atkin Performing Arts Center @ Raytown High School
6019 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64133
Tickets will on sale beginning June 22nd, 2015 at the RAYTOWN HY-VEE STORE, 9400 E 350 Hwy (intersection of 350 Hwy & Gregory Blvd.), Raytown, MO, 816-358-9940 or online through our website. Ticket prices are: $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Seated: Caleb McCarroll. Standing: Sharon Sawaya, Julianna McCarroll, Kyrstin Stoneking, Madie Hill,and Bailey Shaw in a scene from the musical of RAC’s BRIGADOON. Photograph by Sharon Propst, RAC Publicity.
Khalid Johnson as Tommy Albright; Hannah Fabean as Fiona MacLaren; Caleb McCarroll as Charlie Dalrymple; Israel Hanke as Jeff Douglas; Bailey Shaw as Jean MacLaren; Jim DeFries as Andrew MacLaren; Michael Rowe as Angus McGuffie; Pete Berney as Archie Beaton; Zach Kujath as Harry Beaton; Julianna McCarroll as Jane Ashton (NY); Madie Hill as Kate; Hannah Steele as Meg Brockie; David Fast as Mr. Lundie; Gabe Sawyer as Stuart Dalrymple;Julianna McCarroll as Maggie Anderson, Paul Lee as Sandy Dean; Kyrstin Stoneking as MacGregor and Sharon Propst as Frankie, the bartender (NY). Ensemble: Shirley Johnson and Sharon Sawaya.
THE STORY OF THE SHOW
“Once in the Highlands, the Highlands of Scotland, two weary hunters lost their way.” It is this desolate situation which Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, two young New Yorkers, are contemplating when the curtain rises on a misty glen in Scotland. As the two exhausted men reflect on what they have forsaken in the States for their present predicament, a lift in the Highland veil reveals to them the awakening village of Brigadoon; a village which comes into being for only one day in each century.
The strained and strange greetings of the villagers bedecked in 18th century costumes, who have gathered in the market square to sell their wares and to discuss the final wedding preparations of Jeannie MacLaren and the boyish Charlie Dalrymple, are softened for Tommy by his encounter with Jeannie’s lovely sister, Fiona, and enlivened for Jeff by his reluctant entanglement with the maid, Meg Brockie.
The blissful occasion is momentarily tinged with gloom when the fate of Brigadoonis threatened by Harry Beaton, Jeannie’s rejected suitor. And Tommy, now burdenedwith the knowledge of Brigadoon’s secret and enraptured by the gentle charms of the beautiful Fiona, is confronted with the choice of remaining forever at the side of the Scottish lass or returning to the unsatisfying world familiar to him. At the close of the day he is still unable to commit himself without doubt or regret to Fiona and to Brigadoon, and leaves with Jeff for America.
Restless and unhappy in New York, Tommy finally yields to the haunting memory of Fiona and, guided by the faith and strength of his love, finds his way back to Brigadoon.
The misty mood of this Highland setting is strikingly complemented by bright 18th century costuming, contrasting the idyllic Brigadoon villagers with the malcontent young hunters. The fanciful flavor is augmented by superb choreography by Agnes de Mille which gracefully mingles the regional with the modern. An outstanding band orchestration by Philip J. Lang, as well as the standard orchestral accompaniment, offer a memorable resonance to the production.
Like Tommy, the audience delights in the whimsical loveliness of the Highlands, and it is with similar reluctance that they exit Brigadoon.
Show tunes include Almost Like Being in Love, The Heather on the Hill, There but for You Go I, Come to Me, Bend to Me, My Mother’s Wedding Day, I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean and Waitin’ for My Dearie.
Julianna McCarroll, Hannah Fabean, and Bailey Shaw (seated); Front Row: Sharon Sawaya, Hannah Steele, Khalid Johnson, Jim DeFries, Caleb McCarroll, Kyrstin Stoneking and Sharon Propst. Back Row: David Fast, Gabe Sawyer, and Israel Hanke. The musical cast of RAC’s BRIGADOON. Photograph by James. D. Walters, RAC Publicity.