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Felicia Hardison Londr...
William H Wallace
William S Worley
Gaye Clark Preston
'Tis a Nobler Time
Article about the large annual festival near Bonner Springs, Kansas, set as though in Renaissance Europe in the 1500s, with actors and events dressed in period costume.
A Kansas City Vaudeville Team Launches Its Own Showboat
Photos and article about the "Dixie Queen" steamboat built in and operating out of Kansas City as a showboat or steamboat with an on-deck vaudeville theater. Description of its owners Al Cooper and his...
City Lights: The Play's the Thing
Photo and biographical article about Dr. Larry Vincent, a 26-year-old radiologic physician and playwright formerly "a medical student at the University of Kansas Medical Center." Author of a 1976 play...
D. Austin Latchaw
This book contains information on D. Austin Latchaw (1861-1948), a local drama critic for several Kansas City newspapers. Latchaw used the book's title for his 60-chapter Kansas City theater reminiscences...
Enchanted Years of the Stage
Bound volume of collected 1935 newspaper clippings about Kansas City theaters and the live acting scene.
Folly Theater Profile
It's Not Easy Being Megee
Photos and biographical article about Ron Megee, "Kansas City's most wicked theatrical wit" and "the man behind some of the most dramatically lit produce in the Midwest," operating as both a theater director...
JCC's Old Resident Theatre's History Profiled in New Book
January 5, 2012
Article discussing the history of the Jewish Community Center's Resident Theatre. Opened in 1932, the theatre was extremely popular from the 1940s through the 1960s. It closed in 1983. Richard Piland's...
Kansas City Repertory Theater
Material pertaining to the Kansas City Repertory Theater, a professional theater in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The theater was founded as the "Summer Repertory Theater," and became...
KC Public Library Offers a Film Vault to Bank On
May 23, 2007
The newly renovated Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, located in the Central library of the Kansas City Public Library, will debut May 23, 2007. The state-of-the-art mini-theater is located in the large vault...
Main Street Theater
Postcard of Main Street Theater
Makers of Kansas City Theatre: Talents on Their Own Turf
Photos, other portraits, and article about the history of live-action theaters (back to the Civil War) in Kansas City and their managers. Numerous details and scholarly notes and references.
Midland Theater Profile
Missouri Repertory Theater
Material pertaining to the Missouri Repertory Theater, a professional theater in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The theater was founded as the "Summer Repertory Theater," and became...
My Views on Sunday Closing
January 30, 1908
Judge Wallace's strong views on Sunday blue laws: "All unnecessary labor on Sunday should be punishable. ..The theatrical manager and the actors are the worst offenders because they aid in the corruption...
November 19, 1961
Article with an interior photo of the soon-to-be-demolished Orpheum Theater and description of its past showings of famous actors, including vaudeville, Fanny Brice, and Tom Mix.
SC132 Plaza Dinner Playhouse Finding Aid
The Plaza Dinner Playhouse collection documents the company's dinner theater performances for the 1992-1993 season. The collection contains documents, press releases, correspondence, and photographs relating...
Taking Stock: What's Wrong with Theater in This Town, Anyway?
Article about the lack of organization, interest, and black actors in Kansas City theaters, with the closing of others, including the 39th Street Theater.
Ten Years With Late Night Theatre
December 2004/January 2005
Late Night Theatre, at 18th and Main, is known as Kansas City's "one-of-a-kind, gender-bending theatre group". Ad-libbing and audience participation are encouraged and actors develop their ideas for scripts...
The Grand Opera House and the Golden Age of the Legitimate Theatre in Kansas City
History of the Grand Opera House and its many plays, famous actors such as Ethel Barrymore and George M. Cohan, early movies, cycloramas, and other entertainment, etc., from 1891 to 1926, at 7th and Walnut...
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