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“I just want to be entertained,” the Man in Chair states in this hilarious musical comedy produced by Raytown High School Theatre and Music Departments November 20 through 22, 2014. THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is an entertaining show within a show that ran on Broadway in 2006 and received more Tony awards that year than any other show, including Best Musical.

“THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a musical gift to those who love theatre. Out show is particular helps remind me why I do what I do. As the Man in Chair says, ‘Theatre gives you a song to carry in your head when you are feeling blue,” Director, Katie Kolster, states.

As eventful as the show is, the story takes place completely within the Man in Chair’s mind and manifests itself inside his apartment while he listens to the record of the 1928 fictitious show. Watch as he continuously takes the audience in and out of his fantasy and become lost in this glamorous comedy.

The principal cast consists of Caleb McCarroll as Man in Chair, Hannah Treat as The Chaperone, Mosha Clyma as Janet Van de Graff, Zach Kujath as Robert Martin, Julianna McCarroll as Mrs. Tottendale, Demetrius Hampton as Underling, Alex Gicinto as George, Alejandro Reliford as Gangster #1, Gabe Sawyer as Gangster #2, Austin Hardiman as Feldzeig, Gi Gi Willett as Kitty, Melody Olvera as Trix the Aviatrix, Braden Best as Aldolpho, as  Leah White as the Superintendent. The ensemble is comprised of Hope Romero, Emma Drace, Bailey Shaw, Abbie Braley, Raynesha Green, Sydni Embry, Hannah Steele, Rachel Miller, Leigh Ann Beam, Jessica Madrid, Raheem Fielder-Bey, Chris Solomon, Jacob Alvarado, and John Dickmann.

The Raytown High School theatre, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Kolster, continues its season with THE CRUCIBLE showing February 26-28, 2015 and MOON OVER BUFFALO April 16-18, 2015. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 to reserve for adults or $8 at the door.

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The Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Pocket Park Kicks Off the Holidays

The City of Raytown , the Raytown Chamber of Commerce, Raytown Main Street Association and Raytown Quality Schools will be kicking off the holiday season  with the 2013 Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The festivities will begin Friday at 5:45 p.m. on December 6, 2013 at the Pocket Park located at 63rd and Raytown Road.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree will be turned on by Mayor David Bower with a holiday music performance from the Little Blue Singers. UMB Bank will host Santa along with music from the Raytown Community Band Flutes. Enjoy a free hayrack ride around downtown Raytown. The 1081 Club at 63rd and Blue Ridge Boulevard will host complementary cider and cookies. And the first 100 children will receive a free holiday craft kit. Santa’s elves will be there to help put them together. 

Many of our downtown businesses will be hosting open houses and we encourage you to visit them. Happy Holidays!


Photos and video from past Lighting Ceremonies


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Flute Playing



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Crafts for the kids

Members of the Chiefs offensive line visited Raytown’s KFC

 Four members of the Chiefs offensive line, KC Wolf and two of the cheerleaders  visited Raytown’s KFC to meet with fans and raise awareness for First Downs for Down Syndrome.  KFC has also been a supporter of First Downs for Down Syndrome for a decade.  More photos, video on the event and a player  interview by RaytownOnline.com’s sports reporter Jerome Barnes will be featured in future posts. 

For more on the Chiefs offensive line’s FDFDS, click HERE.  

For more about First Down for Down Syndrome, click HERE.

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Rishaw Johnson #75 Guard signing a young mans jersey

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Branden Albert #76 tackle



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The cheerleaders were a favorite with the young ladies



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From left to right, RaytownOnline.com sports reporter Jerome Barnes, Sean McGrath #84 tight end, Jeff Allen #71 guard, Rishaw Johnson #75 guard, and Branden Albert #76 tackle.

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The KC Wolf 

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Sean McGrath #84 tight end, Jeff Allen #71 guard, Rishaw Johnson #75 guard pose with a young fan.

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Autograph time





The Annual Shepherd’s Center Garden Tour (home 5 of 5)

The final home in the Shepherd’s Center Garden tour is the Ridgeway home of Clint Cassing.  The backyard features a koi pond and a very nice gazebo.





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The Annual Shepherd’s Center Garden Tour (home 4 of 5)

The fourth home on the tour belongs to Melissa &  Clay Chapman on Vermont Ave. Some of the features are hosta beds, cactus, and a koi pond. 










The Annual Shepherd’s Center Garden Tour (home 3 of 5)

The third home on the tour was Linda and Steve Bakken’s on Larson.  The backyard has had extensive stone landscaping and a pond of water lilies.


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The Annual Shepherd’s Center Garden Tour (home 2 of 5)

The second home on the tour was Mary and Clarence Yeo’s on Crescent Drive.  An interesting feature is the upside-down fish bowl in the Koi pond. 






The Annual Shepherd’s Center Garden Tour (home 1 of 5)

The first home on the tour was Karen and Rex Block’s on Oxford.  Click on a photo to open a larger version of it in a new window.

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Annie’s Scout

While out investigating the incident at DOllar General, I ran across a photogenic lad. Here is Annie’s friend Scout.