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 […]

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 […]