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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local actor, Shane St. James, talks about his experience choreographing the fight scenes in The Miracle Worker

One of the things that makes The Miracle Worker so engaging to watch is the fight scene between Annie and Helen at the breakfast table. I have asked the production’s fight coordinator about his experience choreographing this scene. Lizzie: First off, tell me a little about yourself. Shane: Thanks for asking and speaking with me, Lizzie. I am a Leo […]

Award winning play The Miracle Worker to be staged in Independence

The Miracle Worker, written by William Gibson, tells the impactful story of how Helen Keller learned to communicate. The original teleplay was published in 1956 and was later adapted for stage in 1957. The play was based on Helen Keller’s autobiography titled “The Story of My Life.” The Miracle Worker premiered at the Playhouse Theatre on October 19, 1959. Since […]

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