If you ask costumer Jane Pennington or set designer James Diemer, the most important reviews for the Theatre Lawrence production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” won’t come from a grizzled theater critic. They’re much more concerned about the younger members of the audience — particularly the ones who have seen the movie three dozen times and who have practically memorized every stitch of Belle’s gold dress.
For its opening act of the 2017-2018 season, Theatre Lawrence will present the musical Catch Me If You Can, which director Ric Averill explains goes much deeper than a simple tale of cat and mouse.
Retired Lawrence police officer dives deeper into acting with film being shown at Free State Festival
It’s possible that the 27 years he spent with the Lawrence Police Department served Paul Fellers well when it came to sniffing out acting roles. In the twilight of his career with the LPD, Fellers began moonlighting as an actor and was cast in two different roles, which must have seemed like natural fits.
For Charlie Goolsby, Friday’s opening of "The Music Man" at Theatre Lawrence will be his third time directing the musical, which he says brings him back to his childhood watching the American classics on late-night television.
Includes new folk series, diversity of other shows
Save for one yet-to-be announced Broadway hit — the title of which is promised to be revealed in July — the Lied Center at the University of Kansas has shared its 2017-18 season lineup of shows. Kicking off this season is a performance by singer and composer Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on July 27. Following shows include Kenny Rogers’s Final World Tour, Dirty Dancing, poetry, holiday favorites and a variety of dance forms.
Lawrence resident Kalee Forsythe says she wants to be a writer/director “more than anything in the world,” but unlike Sara, the lead female role in her film “E 1200,” Forsythe didn’t have to get a $5,000 loan from a sadistic drug dealer named Alice to make it all happen. But, she did need $5,000 to get the dream off the ground. She got it through the slightly less stressful method of an Indiegogo campaign.
A current exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center, featuring works by Mike Yoder and Richard Gwin, two photographers with well over a half-century’s worth of combined years at the Lawrence Journal-World, aims to bring forth the hidden process. By presenting prints of contact sheets while on assignment, and photos selected after being pushed through the various channels of editing, “the work” is made visible.
For Amy Nystrom, the set of Theatre Lawrence’s production of Peter Pan — from the wallpapered nursery to the multilevel pirate ship — is its own kind of Neverland.
Think of it as “The Big Chill” for a new generation. That’s how Peter Zazzali, the director of KU Theatre’s upcoming production of “Pooter McGraw is Not Dead Party,” describes the coming-of-age tale set to open Friday at 7:3o p.m. at KU’s Crafton-Preyer Theatre, 1530 Naismith Drive.
Lawrence’s public-radio nerds are in for a treat this weekend. On Saturday, longtime “This American Life” host and producer Ira Glass (the veteran journalist is also the editorial adviser behind the megapopular “Serial” podcast) will stop by the Lied Center to share “Seven Things I’ve Learned.” The multimedia talk, slated for 7:30 p.m., covers more than just seven lessons, however, from a career that spans nearly four decades, several broadcasting accolades and more quirky, poignant and ultimately informative “This American Life” stories than we could possibly mention.
Two Lawrence friends, Adam Smith and Adam Lott have collaborated on a Final Fridays show despite having more than a thousand miles between them.
Judy Locy Wright is more than familiar with “A Chorus Line,” the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical slated to open Theatre Lawrence’s 40th season Friday evening.
An abandoned piano is of little news value. But as a photographer, my eye was drawn to the neglected instrument.
On a day when the National Weather Service had issued an excessive heat warning for over half of the state, most in Lawrence didn’t dare set a foot outside to dip even as much as a big toe in a pool. However, on July 22, one place in town, specifically 1405 Massachusetts, had their heaters going with temperatures hovering between 100 and 110 degrees for over an hour and nobody seemed to mind.
Kansas University is mourning the death of Charles “Chuck” Berg, a longtime professor in the school’s department of film and media studies. Berg, 75, died Tuesday, July 26, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The cause of death has not yet been released.