Arsenic and Old Lace

BY JOSEPH KESSELRING Directed by Anna Olson Auditions: October 23rd and 24th, 2023, 6-8pm Roger T. Sermon Community Center 201 North Dodgion, Independence MO 64050 Synopsis: Between Mortimer Brewster’s hesitancy about marriage, his aunts’ penchant for poisoning wine, a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and another brother using plastic surgery to hide from the police, it’ll be a miracle […]

Celebrate Labor Day with 9 to 5

Article by Lynnae Andersen In 1882, New York City celebrated the progress labor unions had made in protecting workers’ rights with parades, parties, and a day off. By 1909 so many cities were joining in the celebration that the American Federation of Labor resolved to make the event a national holiday (US Department of Labor). Now we celebrate with family […]

Into the Woods Returns to CTI

After the cancellation of the 2020-2021 season due to the pandemic, City Theatre of Independence is proud to bring Into the Woods back for its final production of the 2022-2023 season. Into the Woods is a well loved musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The original Broadway production opened November 5th, 1987. The […]

Moonlight and Magnolias

Can this screenplay be fixed before production is “gone with the wind?” City Theatre of Independence is proud to present Moonlight and Magnolias, a comedic play written by Ron Hutchinson. Our cast features the amazing talents of Nino Casisi as David O. Selznick, Jack McCord as Ben Hecht, Ray Ettinger as Victor Fleming, and Maddy Phillip as Miss Poppenghul. The […]

Introducing City Theatre of Independence’s 44th Season

It is an exciting time for all those involved with CTI. The Board of Directors has just announced the 2023-2024 season’s shows. Over the past few months, the Season Selection Committee has been collecting show suggestions from its membership to be considered for the upcoming season. Members were asked to fill out a Google Form and submit musicals and plays […]

An Interview with playwright Tom Dudzick

It is a unique and exciting opportunity for any aspiring writer to have a conversation with a professional writer about the craft. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Dudzick, the playwright of City Theatre of Independence’s upcoming production Miracle on South Division Street. LIZZIE: Can you describe your creative process? TOM: First, I think of a subject I’d […]


City Theatre of Independence presents: DEATHTRAP by Ira Levin It’s autumn, which means the media is full of the spooky and suspenseful. City Theatre of Independence is excited to present audiences with the hit thriller, Deathtrap by Ira Levin. Deathtrap is about a successful playwright, Sidney Bruhl, struggling to pen his next great play. He is contacted by aspiring writer, […]

‘Tis the Season to be Spooky!

Autumn is upon us and with the changing of the leaves comes all the fall activities. Apple picking, ghost tours, taking the kids to the pumpkin patch…there’s just so much fun to be had this time of year. City Theatre of Independence is proud to be participating in not one, but TWO Halloween community events: Enchanted Forest and a Haunted […]

Understudies: The Unsung Heroes of the Theatre

Urinetown director, Coralyn Martin, has created an ensemble cast of understudy actors who will perform as a principal role in one performance each during the run of the production. I have asked understudy actress, Hannah Williiams, to speak on her experience with this unique production. What role(s) are you an understudy for? HANNAH: I am the understudy for Penelope Pennywise, […]