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Wynn Twins (Dancin’ 2 Wynn Dance Team) Wins Regional

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Wynn Twins

(Dancin’ 2 Wynn Dance Team)

Wins Regional

The D2W dance team recently competed at Midwest regionals. With 36 divisional entries the team brought home 22 1st place, 12 2nd place, and 1 3rd place.

Top Honors won were:

Overall High Score Female Solo

Overall High Score Male Solo

Overall High Score Line Category, and

Overall High Score Production Category

Special Awards won by the  team were:

Most Aspiring Dancer

Best Technical Execution

Most Entertaining,

And Best Costume.

All 36 entries qualified for the national Competition in Florida this summer, and all 19 soloists qualified for the STARS competition that coincides with Nationals. They must score in the top high score division to compete for the STAR dancer of the year. This is the first time that all soloists qualified.

Ms. Wynn quoted, “I am so proud of our team, staff, and choreographers. We are honored to represent Raytown, Missouri for the past 38 years.”

Raytown High School’s fall musical, Oklahoma! opens

You Cain’t Say No to Oklahoma!

“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.kolster@raytownschools.org to reserve.

Students: $5. General Admission: $7 in advance/reserved, $8 at the door.

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Benefit Concert for REAP honoring Al Brown

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THE RAYTOWN ARTS COUNCIL announces their 2015 Summer Musical Cast “Brigadoon”

THE RAYTOWN ARTS COUNCIL

announces their 2015 Summer Musical Cast

“Brigadoon”

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Music by Frederick Loewe

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.

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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.

 

THE CAST
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.

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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.

 

Westridge Gardens & Raytown Artist’s Associations host Artist of the Month reception

Thursday, February 26th from 4:00-6:00 PM Westridge Gardens is partnering with the Raytown Artist’s Associations to host an Artist of the Month reception featuring Artist, Sylvia Mooney. At Westridge Ms. Mooney has selected a collection a diverse collection of pieces including a sunrise, flowers, an old mill, and an abstract piece.  The art show is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Raytown Artist’s Association applications for $500 Scholarship

The Raytown Artist’s Association is now accepting applications for the $500 Scholarship which will be awarded to a 2015 Senior who is planning to pursue a visual arts degree.  Seniors from Raytown South,Raytown HS, O’Hara, and Blue Ridge Christian may apply. Interested students should see their counselor for an application or request one from RAA at 816-356-3543.  Deadline for submission is March 13.  The Award will be presented at the April 16th RAA meeting.

RIVER CITY PLAYERS ANNOUNCE SPRING PLAY AUDITIONS

RIVER CITY PLAYERS  ANNOUNCE   SPRING PLAY AUDITIONS

The River City Players are calling all actors with or without experience.   We will hold auditions for their spring comedy, “AND THEN I WROTE” by Jack Sharkey on Monday, February 23rd, 2015 and Wednesday, February 25th, 2015.  Auditions will be held at the Trails Regional Library in their meeting room downstairs. Please enter through the backdoor for auditions. The Library is located at 1008 Main Street, Lexington, MO 64067. Auditions will be held from from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The cast calls for 4 men and 4 women of various ages (21 years and over).  The audition process is informal. It will consist of cold readings from the script. Actors auditioning may read for one or more parts. RCP welcomes all to audition with or without previous theater experience.

RCP is also looking for crew members with or without experience to help with back stage and set building responsibilities.

Play dates are APRIL 17-18, 2015 and APRIL  24-25, 2015.  Sharon Propst will direct the production. For more information, please contact RCP Board Member: Sharon Propst (816) 877-7114 or visit the  RCP web site at:   <http://www.rcplayers.org>  or on the River City Players FaceBook Page.

Story of the Play: In this riotous showbiz comedy a producer, his secretary and associates try to re write an epic drama by a young playwright into a broad farce. A vicious gossip columnist tries to blackmail the producer into marriage while a scatterbrained old character actor erroneously creates the impression that the leading lady has died. The author, also an apprentice mortician, is appalled by the histrionics that accompany the opening of a Broadway show. As the columnist draws mistaken conclusions that this show is really a cover for a bizarre murder cult, the rest of the group foster this impression and substitute a lady undertaker in the role of the much alive leading lady. Mistaken identities, romance, and silly situations combine to keep the audience laughing through three acts of hilarity.  

African Children’s Choir this Sunday at Raytown 1st Baptist

Sunday, February 15, 2015 Raytown, Missouri
First Baptist Church
Time: 06:30 pm.
Address: 10500 E State Route 350
Venue phone: (816) 353-1994

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children’s Choir) works in seven African countries such as, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on education.

The African Children’s Choir has had the privilege to perform before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The Choir has also had the honor of singing alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie

Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith, and other inspirational performers!Most recently, the African Children’s Choir recorded some tracks with Sarah Hickman for a CD, “Love Is a Journey.”They will also have a small role in the upcoming Pan movie (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Hugh Jackman.Promotional support of this community concert is greatly appreciated.

The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow.

No tickets, donations welcome.

“BLUEJAY PRIDE” MARCHING BAND PERFORMS AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD

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 RAYTOWN HIGH SCHOOL “BLUEJAY PRIDE” MARCHING BAND PERFORMS AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Students take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program in Orlando, Fla.

 Orlando, Fla., (January 1, 2014) — Members of Raytown High School “Bluejay Pride” Marching Band became stars of their own Disney show on December 31, 2014 when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom Park. The group traveled over 1,200 miles from Raytown, MO. to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts program.

The marching band, under the direction of Joseph Hill and Mike Doney, entertained hundreds of Magic Kingdom Park guests as they marched through Frontierland and around Cinderella Castle onto Main Street, U.S.A. before the “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.”

This was the group’s first visit to the resort with the Disney Performing Arts program.

Dance, vocal and instrumental ensembles from all around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program.

For more information, visit www.DisneyPerformingArts.com or call 1-800-603-0552.

About the Disney Performing Arts Program

Disney Performing Arts unlocks student potential and helps young people make their own dreams come true – whether it’s performing in front of an international audience of thousands at Disney theme parks and resorts or honing their craft in enriching workshops and clinics taught by entertainment professionals. Every year, thousands of vocal, instrumental, and other ensembles travel from around the world to participate in Disney Performing Arts programs at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Disney delivers workshops and performance opportunities that enrich, inspire and often lead to life-changing personal achievement.

Pictures from the Rice-Tremonti Fall Soup and Crafts fundraiser

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Sharp Dressed Man at the Music and Arts Festival

Music from the Arts & Music Festival 2014

This is a collection of clips from the CJ Walker, AFU Feat & KC Kelsey. and Linda Shell and the Blues Thang set. Guitar and Sax breaks, and a nice call and answer (sort of) between Linda Shell and Dave Cummings on Sax.  There will be more videos to come, it just takes time to edit them video in a manner that respects the artists.  Hopefully after the samples of the other two sets are posted, I may get permission to post complete songs from the musicians.

Brewer & Shipley Live in Raytown This Sat.

Brewer & Shipley use to call Raytown home and now they are coming back to perform This Sat. at 4;30 PM in Kenagy Park. No other Raytown musician has had one, let alone multiple top of the chart hits. Come early and bring a lawn chair.

I had the luck to attend a benefit concert they headlined at this year.  It was excellent, they still give a great show.  Here is a very short clip from that concert. Sorry it has to be short to fall within copyright fair usage.

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Raytown Arts & Music Festival (it is a big thing)

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Looking for a bargain? HUGE, multiple family garage sale at Wynn Twins School of Dance!

wynn_twins_imageHuge Garage Sale at Wynn Twins School of Dance/Dancin’ 2 Wynn, 3 blocks east of 79th and Raytown Road, on Saturday, September 6 from 8:00 to 4:00 and Sunday, September 7 from 8:00 to 2:00. Multiple families, tons of items.  Come support a local institution. Cash and carry only.

 

 


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More Photos from the “Kiss Me Kate” musical

The Raytown Arts Council
announces their 2014 Summer Musical


“KISS ME KATE”


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Malia Shelton as Katherine Minolo; Pete Berney as Baptista; Anna O’Renick as Bianca Minolo in a scene from the RAC Musical “KISS ME KATE.”  Photo by Sharon Propst, RAC Publicity.

 


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Front Row (left to Right)  David Fast as First Man (Gangster); Malia Shelton as Lilli Vanessa/Katherine Minolo; Stephen Howard as Fred Graham/Pertrucio; Linda Geary as Second Man (Gangster). Second Row: Kyrstin Stoneking as Hattie; Corey Thomas as Paul; Shirley Johnson as Ralph; Kevin Thomas as General Howell; Brian Locascio as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio; Anna O’Renick as Lois Lane/ Bianca Minolo; Third Row: Dakota Kinslow as Riley/Hortensio; Aimee Dietiker as Ensemble Keyon Woods as Suitor/Ensemble; Sally Powers as the driver/Haberdasher; Back Row: Tonya Holmes as Wardrobe Lady/Ensemble; Nick Ferrell as Nathaniel;  and Pete Berney as Harry Trevor/Baptista Minolo.  Not pictured:  Joe Bartlett as Pops/stage doorman/Padua Priest/Gremio. Cast Photo by Sharon Propst.

Raytown Arts Council Summer Production is “Kiss Me Kate”

The Raytown Arts Council
announces their 2014 Summer Musical


“KISS ME KATE”


Music & Lyrics by COLE PORTER

Book by SAMUEL & BELLA SPEWACK

DIRECTOR:

Ms. SHARON PROPST
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: MS. SARIAH PINICK
ACCOMPANIST:  MS. LAURIE SCHWAB
ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR: MR. BOB COCHRAN
Choreographer: Anna O’Renick
Stage Manager: Marty Thomas

Performance Dates & Location: July 18-19, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinee: July 20, 2014 @ 2 p.m.
RAYTOWN SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
8211 Sterling          Raytown, MO 64138

Tickets will on sale beginning June 30th, 2014 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.

THE CAST

Stephen Howard as Fred Graham; Malia Shelton as Lilli Vanessa/Katherine Minolo; Brian Locascio as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio; Anna O’Renick as Lois Lane/ Bianca Minolo; Kyrstin Stoneking as Hattie; Corey Thomas as Paul; Joe Bartlett as Pops/stage doorman/Padua Priest/Gremio; David Fast as First Man (Gangster); Linda Geary as Second Man (Gangster); Shirley Johnson as Ralph; Pete Berney as Harry Trevor/Baptista Minolo; Kevin Thomas as General Howell; Nick Ferrell as Nathaniel; Dakota Kirslow as Riley/Hortensio; Sally Powers as Stagehand #3/driver/Haberdasher; Tonya Holmes as Wardrobe Lady/Ensemble; Keyon Woods as Suitor/Ensemble; Aimee Dietiker as Ensemble
THE STORY OF THE SHOW

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul with some gangsters.


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Stephen Howard as Pertruchio; Malia Shelton as Katherine Minolo; Brian Locascio as Lucentio; Anna O’Renick as Bianca Minolo in a scene from the RAC Musical “KISS ME KATE.”  Photo by Sharon Propst, RAC Publicity.

Westridge Gardens Hosts Raytown Artist of the Month Series in 2014

Thursday, June 26th from 4:00-6:00 PM Westridge Gardens is partnering with the Raytown Artist’s Associations to host an Artist of the Month reception featuring Artist, Yvonne Prater. Prater’s artworks beautifully depict scenery from Sedona, Arizona; Cobo San Lucas, Mexico; local areas; and flowers. Not only are these pieces beautiful, they invite you to escape into the picture by providing you with the imagery of incredible places. Below are pictures of one of the pieces that will be featured. The community is invited to come and enjoy refreshments, meet the artist, view the art, and possibly purchase a piece for home.

The art at Westridge Gardens is located in the front hallway, leading from the front door to the main part of our building. Anyone who is unable to attend the reception is encouraged to come out anytime through out the month. Each piece of artwork is accompanied by a small card noting the artist’s name, the work’s title, the purchase price, and the artist’s contact information. Each of these exquisite pieces is for sale, and anyone interested in purchasing a piece or two should contact each artist directly. Again, we love the Raytown Artist’s Association for choosing us to show off the great works of their amazing artists.

For over twenty-five years, Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been dedicated to serving patients in Raytown, Missouri while specializing in short term rehabilitation to home and extended care nursing services. At Westridge Gardens, we believe the only way to serve our residents and their families is with a standard of excellence second to none. Westridge Gardens is committed to the highest standards of excellence, and welcomes the opportunity to serve the residents of the Raytown area in the future. Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a Tutera Senior Living Community.

 

An Art Affair

On May 29th, Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center hosted an Artist of Month Reception showcasing Raytown’s own Jody McGee, a member of the Raytown Artist’s Association. About 20 people from the community attended the event, including members of the Raytown Chamber, the City of Raytown, resident’s of Raytown, fellow artists, and family and friends of the artist. McGee’s artwork is a perfectly mixes spirituality and imagery in her pieces. Not only are these pieces unique, they are quite beautiful. Attached . Each month Westridge Gardens displays a member of the Raytown Artists Association Art.  After a month long show Westridge hosts a reception for the artist.  Many times the artist brings additional pieces and it is a great opportunity to meet the artist, learn about their medium, and potentially purchase a piece for home. The reception is free and is open to the public. If you are unable to attend the reception, you are encouraged to come at your convenience to see the art. June‘s the Artist of the Month Reception will take place from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 26th featuring Yvonne Prater.

The art at Westridge Gardens is located in the front hallway, leading from the front door to the main part of our building. Anyone who is unable to attend the reception is encouraged to come out anytime through out the month. Each piece of artwork is accompanied by a small card noting the artist’s name, the work’s title, the purchase price, and the artist’s contact information. Each of these exquisite pieces is for sale, and anyone interested in purchasing a piece or two should contact each artist directly. Again, we love the Raytown Artist’s Association for choosing us to show off the great works of their amazing artists.

 For over twenty-five years, Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been dedicated to serving patients in Raytown, Missouri while specializing in short term rehabilitation to home and extended care nursing services. At Westridge Gardens, we believe the only way to serve our residents and their families is with a standard of excellence second to none. Westridge Gardens is committed to the highest standards of excellence, and welcomes the opportunity to serve the residents of the Raytown area in the future. Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a Tutera Senior Living Community.

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The Raytown Arts Council announces Summer Musical AUDITIONS

The Raytown Arts Council

announces their 2014

Summer Musical AUDITIONS

“KISS ME KATE”

Music & Lyrics by COLE PORTER Book by SAMUEL & BELLA SPEWACK

DIRECTOR:  Ms. SHARON PROPST MUSICAL DIRECTOR: MS. SARIAH PINICK ACCOMPANIST:  MS. LAURIE SCHWAB ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR: MR. BOB COCHRAN

Performance Dates & Location: July 18-19, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee: July 20, 2014 @ 2 p.m. Robert B. Atkin Performing Arts Center @ Raytown High School 6019 Blue Ridge Blvd,   Raytown, MO 64133

AUDITION DATES: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 7-9:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 7-9:00 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 1 pm to 4 pm @ Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church 5757 Blue Ridge Blvd Raytown, MO

AUDITION INFORMATION

Open auditions for all parts will include singing, dancing and readings from the script. Please bring 32 measures of a prepared BROADWAY song to perform for your vocal audition. An accompanist will be provided for the auditions. You will need to provide the sheet music in your vocal range for your audition number. Please do not select a song from the show,  and bring a list of rehearsal conflicts. Please be prepared to perform a basic movement/dance audition by wearing appropriate shoes and comfortable clothes.

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul with some gangsters.

For more information:      www.raytownarts.com

Raytown Arts Festival on Sunday

The Raytown Arts Festival will be held at Raytown High School. The event will run from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm.  In addition to physical art on display, there will be musical and theatric performances.  Raytown’s Flute Fantasia, the Raytown Community Band, and Broadway Echoes are among the scheduled performers. There will also be awards bestowed on Raytown Middle and High School students This event is sponsored by the Raytown Arts Council and the Raytown branch of the American Association of University Women. 

Westridge Gardens to Host a Raytown Artist of the Month Series in 2014

Thursday, January 30th from 4:00-6:00 PM Westridge Gardens is partnering with the Raytown Artist’s Associations to host the inaugural Artist of the Month reception featuring Artist, Dawn C. Thomas. The community is invited, at no charge, to come and enjoy refreshments, meet the artist, view the art, and possibly purchase a piece for home. The last Thursday of each month the reception will feature a different artist from the Raytown Artist’s Association.  The receptions are an unique opportunity for the community meet the artist, see a variety of different styles of art and subject matters. 

About the Artist:

Ms. Thomas has been painting for over 40 years. She studies with several nationally known watercolor artists annually. Her prize-winning work has been exhibited in area Art Show’s and Festivals in Kansas and Missouri; She has won many local and state awards.

Ms. Thomas has a Master’s Degree in Art and taught high school art for 40 years. She has authored and published five books for art teachers. Since retirement in 2009, her work has been selected for National Juried shows across the USA. In addition, she also is known for large indoor and outdoor murals.

“My subject matter is primarily floral and landscapes. The Architecture and culture of the Southwest has intrigued me. Like a magnet, I visit and paint in Taos, New Mexico yearly. My trademark vivid colors, strong emphasis on light and shadow, and unusual viewpoints help enhance the subjects I choose. Never without ideas, I’m always experimenting and evolving.” Inspiration comes from everywhere.

Ms. Thomas holds memberships in the MO, AL, TX, IL, and Red River Watercolor Societies. Currently, she is the President of the Raytown Artist’s Association and a member of the Lee’s Summit Art Group. Her paintings can be seen at Image Gallery in Overland Park, Gott Art in Lee’s Summit, and St. Luke’s East.

The artwork that is changed out at the beginning of the month at Westridge Gardens is located in living room and the front hallway.  Anyone who is unable to attend the reception is encouraged to come out anytime through out the month. Each piece of artwork is accompanied by a small card noting the artist’s name, the work’s title, the purchase price, and the artist’s contact information. Each of these exquisite pieces is for sale, and anyone interested in purchasing a piece or two should contact each artist directly. Again, we love the Raytown Artist’s Association for choosing us to show off the great works of their amazing artists.

 For over twenty years, Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been dedicated to serving patients in Raytown, Missouri while specializing in short term rehabilitation to home and extended care nursing services. At Westridge Gardens, we believe the only way to serve our residents and their families is with a standard of excellence second to none. Westridge Gardens is committed to the highest standards of excellence, and welcomes the opportunity to serve the residents of the Raytown area in the future. Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a Tutera Senior Living Community.

Raytown artists from the middle schools collaboration displayed at Nelson Atkins Museum

Art students at all three Raytown Middle Schools partnered with local artist Carla Steck and other schools to create a replica of international artist Asheer Akram, who created the concept of the Pakistani Cargo Truck.

Akram’s vision was to juxtapose historical objects with contemporary art and culture, and he did so by revitalizing a burned out cargo truck.  He reconstructed the body of the truck, added height enough to stand as tall as two men, and then began the art phase.  A video of his work can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbVoh6BmXGM.

American artists took to the idea, and the Nelson Atkins Museum hosted students who had their work displayed on a mock cardboard Pakistani truck.  Raytown Middle School students, under the direction of Kris Dillon contributed prints and Molas.  Raytown South Middle School students, under the direction of Kim Snyder contributed pieces that used both printmaking and painting techniques, and Raytown Central Middle School, under the direction of Mary Burian, contributed circular designs.

Students from all three schools got to see the finished product in a day trip to the Nelson Atkins Museum.

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Pictured in the  photo are Akram, left, and Steck, right.

For more information about Raytown Schools’ participation in this event, contact kris.dillon@raytownschools.org 

 

Raytown youth to perform with former X-Factor contestant Rylie Brown on a live Christmas broadcast at City Union Mission

Rylie Brown wowed the X-Factor judges on the 2013 season and now she is preparing to sing Christmas carols to the children, teenagers and families at City Union Mission in a private performance that will be available online via a live streaming broadcast on Dec. 20th, Friday at 4:30 pm. The broadcast will be streamed live and archived at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rylie-brown-live for future viewing.

“I can’t really put into words how excited I am to be participating in this event,” says Brown. “It’s totally a great opportunity to speak into people’s lives, as well as give back to my community. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a very long time. This is gonna be great event.” Brown will be taking questions from viewers over the U Stream broadcast.

“We’re very pleased to have Rylie visit our Family Shelter, and the children will be especially excited to meet and talk with her about all the hard work that goes into following your dream,” says Ben King, spokesman for City Union Mission. “I know their time with Rylie will encourage and inspire them to believe in themselves and to cultivate their own unique talents and skills.”

Brown will be accompanied by two up and coming Kansas City area singers, Maddie Watts and Alex Haywood.  They also auditioned for the X Factor show in 2012. The Christmas broadcast will also feature a donated appearance from a Santa who will distribute candy canes.

Tune in to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rylie-brown-live on Dec. 20th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm CST to watch the broadcast and ask Rylie questions.

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Alex Haywood a resident of Raytown (far left) rehearsing with former X Factor Contestant Rylie Brown, Maddie Watts and Hudson Watts

ST. MATTHEW’S CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL

ST. MATTHEW’S CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
FEATURING
RAYTOWN ARTS COUNCIL’S COMMUNITY SYMPHONIC BAND
AND ST. MATTHEW’S RESURRECTION ENSEMBLE

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