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Leawood Stage Company Announces 2016 Season

Expires [Saturday, January 30, 2016]

CONTACT: April Bishop
Cultural Arts Coordinator
(913) 663-9157

SUBJECT: Leawood Stage Company Announces the 2016 Season of Shows and Directors
Leawood Stage Company Announces 2016 Season

The Leawood Stage Company is proud to announce the 18th Season of Community Theater. The 2016 performance schedule includes:

My Fair Lady – presented in cooperation with Church of the Resurrection,
May 5, 6, 7 at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection,
13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS

Once Upon A Mattress – July 14-17 & 21-23 at the Ironwoods Park

Sweeney Todd – September 29, 30, October 1, 2 inside the Lodge at
Ironwoods Park

All three musicals are based on stories from Victorian literature which examine class system issues and the changing roles of women. From the hilarious to the dark side and everything in between, 2016 will prove to be a stellar season of shows.

Leawood Stage Company is pleased to welcome back Kevin Bogan as director of My Fair Lady and Annette Cook as director of Once Upon a Mattress. Bogan has directed, provided music direction, and performed onstage in productions across the metro area including Leawood Stage Company. He last directed Promises, Promises for LSC in 2015.

Cook has directed, costumed, and appeared on stage in productions across the metro including LSC. She last directed The Sound of Music for LSC in 2013 and her costumes highlighted last summer’s production of Oliver.

We welcome Tiffany Schweigert to her LSC debut. Tiffany is no stranger to theater patrons across the Kansas City area as she has directed in many local theaters including her own productions with She & Her.

My Fair Lady, a classic Broadway musical comedy tells the story of the over-confident Professor Higgins and his experiment that attempts to transform a cockney girl, Eliza, into a proper-speaking lady. Higgins and his friend Colonel Pickering make great progress with the girl and even take her to the horse races and a grand ball. Nevertheless, they still treat Eliza as a mere experiment and not as a human being. When Eliza runs away, Higgins realizes that she is so much more; indeed he is in love with the girl.

Based on “Pygmalion,” with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, My Fair Lady is filled with song favorites such as Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, With a Little Bit of Luck, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.

The summer’s big outdoor family musical, Once Upon A Mattress, is the story of “The Princess and The Pea” with an hilarious spin. Princess Winnifred actually swims the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales the same way again. It wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night. Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, the familiar classic tale of royal courtship provides for some side-splitting shenanigans.

The season concludes in the fall with the infamous tale of Sweeney Todd based on “The String of Pearls”. Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun!

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success winning 8 Tony’s, including Best Musical. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler (A Little Night Music) crafted a thrilling, theatrical treat with Sweeney Todd that has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world.

Other offerings include the twelfth annual “Taking Tea with Shakespeare” afternoon tea – April 17 in the Oak Room of Leawood City Hall. The tea is presented in partnership with the Magna Carta and Royal Arms Chapters of the Daughters of the British Empire and The Barn Players.

For auditions and show details see Leawood Stage Company website. For information on how to become a volunteer, actor, musician, theater tech or audience member please contact the Cultural Art Coordinator at the City of Leawood, 913-663-9157 or email aprilb@leawood.org.

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