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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Robert W Butler
Felicia Hardison Londr...
Movin' on Up: Who Left KC and Made It?
Photos and biographical description of Paul Rudd, a 27-year-old actor growing up in Kansas City (graduating from Shawnee Mission West High School) and appearing in the "Sisters" television show and the...
Mrs. George Borgeson
Photo and obituary for Lenore Anthony Borgeson, or Lenor Borgeson, wife of George Borgeson (no age, birth or death date given), a drama instructor and theater organizer at the former Horner Institute of...
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...
No Valentino Crush Here
Notice about the arrival of the body of Rudolph Valentino (a movie actor dying in New York City on August 23, 1926) in Kansas City on September 4, 1926 on its way by train to California.
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.
Out of the Shadows
May 9, 2004
Article presents the Star Magazine's seven emerging artists for 2004. The names include: Sam Cordes, an actor; Danielle Nicole Schnebelen, singer; Scott Conner, bass singer; Anthony Oropeza, comic strip...
Playwrights & Players Theater Group
Resident Theater Group
Reviving a Friendship
April 10, 2011
Feature story in A&E about George Wendt, "who is best known as Norm on the long-running sitcom "Cheers," and friend Tim Kazurinksy. Both are in town to perform in "The Odd Couple" at the New Theatre Restaurant....
Robbins Devoted her Life to Theater
July 16, 2006
Friends and colleagues describe the career and contrinutions of actress Elizabeth Robbins in this article. Robbins was among the founders of Kansas City Actors Theatre.
Robert Gunn: Featured Artist at Waldo Astoria
Biographical article about Robert Gunn, "[t]he talented young artist who did the paintings lining the lobbies of the Waldo Astoria" in Kansas City, born in Washington, D. C., and coming to Kansas City...
Robert H. Hardaway: Actor, a Former Resident Here, Dies in Phoenix, Ariz.
Obituary article for Robert Hardaway, "72 years old, a widely known actor who once lived in Kansas City." He was born in Georgia and came to Kansas City in the 1930s, producing and acting "in radio shows...
SC132 Plaza Dinner Playhouse
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...
Shootouts, Showdowns, & Barroom Brawls
Article describes the history of the portrayal of Kansas in Hollywood Western movies. Among the movies discussed are Seven Angry Men, Dark Command, and The Kansan.
Six Degrees of Kansas
Article describes visits and connections to Kansas by various famous people, including actors, politicians, sports figures, and writers. Celebrities whose Kansas connections are examined include Truman...
Stage Production of Cyrano
ca. early 1950s
Three unidentified actors performing on stage in a 1950s production of Cyrano, at the University of Kansas City Playhouse.
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...
The History of the Theatre in Kansas City from the Beginning to 1900
Masters thesis from Iowa State University on nineteenth-century history of Kansas City theater, with a description of the Theatre Comique on page 38.
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