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, […]

Malthusianism and Epic Theatre Urinetown as a Prime Example

What is Urinetown? Urinetown is here! It’s the “town” wherever People learn to live in fear – Lyrics from What is Urinetown What is Urinetown? Just a silly, nonsensical musical, or is it something much more complex than that?  Urinetown explores the economic philosophy of a Malthusian society. Malthusian theory, in simple terms, is an economic theory that explains human […]

A Magical, Musical Night at the Tonys City Theatre of Independence Angel Donor Gala

City Theatre of Independence is hosting our traditional end of the year celebration on Saturday, July 23rd, 2022. In years past this event has brought together our membership, supporters and members of the community to celebrate the closing of a season and the beginning of the next. This year’s celebration has been elevated to a gala with an additional purpose. […]

City Theatre of Independence Opening 2022-2023 Season with Urinetown – The Musical

City Theatre of Independence is opening the 2022-2023 season with the musical comedy, Urinetown. Urinetown is a satirical comedy about politicism, capitalism, populism and corporate mismanagement. The musical premiered in 2001 with music by Mark Hollman and book by Greg Kotis. The story takes place in a dystopian society that is suffering from a water shortage. Due to this shortage, […]

Shakespeare Under the Stars – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

City Theatre of Independence in conjunction with the Independence Square Association presents its first ever live reader’s theatre Shakespeare production. By Lizzie DeShaw The course of true love never did run smooth. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare This summer, City Theatre of Independence is producing an outdoor reader’s theatre production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This […]

Every Hero Needs a Sidekick

An Interview With Alex West as Sancho Panza By Lizzie DeShaw Alex West is playing Sancho Panza in City Theatre of Independence’s production of Man of La Mancha. I have asked him to answer some questions about the show and his character. LIZZIE: Tell me about yourself. What is your background in theatre? ALEX: Way back in the 1970’s I […]

The Impossible Dream

This is my quest to follow that star… no matter how hopeless…no matter how far… – Lyrics from “The Impossible Dream” “The Impossible Dream” is the most popular and recognizable song from Man of La Mancha. The song is at first sung by the character of Don Quixote in response to Aldonza’s question about what Quixote means by “following the […]

Setting the Stage: A Glimpse Into the Set Design for The Miracle Worker

A stage setting is not a background; it’s an environment. __Robert Edmond Jones For actors, a set is like a new world. A place to step into and truly exist as their character. For audiences, sets give them a peek into the universe in which the story takes place. The Miracle Worker takes place in four different locations: The Keller […]

Man of La Mancha

“I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose” – from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes City Theatre of Independence is currently in the midst of rehearsals for Man of La Mancha. This will be the final production of the 2021-2022 season. The musical will run June 3rd-5th and June 10th-12th at the Roger T. […]

Kate Keller: A Mother’s Love

A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. –Marion C. Garretty By Lizzie DeShaw It is often said that motherhood is the hardest job in the world. A mother is an educator, a nurse, a chauffeur, a personal chef, a cheerleader, a maid, etcetera, etcetera.  Being the mother of a child with […]

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