Changes at Kansas City PROMO office
Kyle Piccola, senior regional field organizer for the Kansas City region, announced in a March 15 email that he will be joining his partner, Tim, in relocating to Austin, Texas, for Tim’s job. Piccola said he was deeply saddened to leave Kansas City. His email went on:
“Over the past year, I’ve met some incredible people and made lasting friendships. Kansas City and you all stole my heart pretty quickly. I will miss this place and everyone very much. …
“Tim is in Texas now, and I will join him in June after I finish my commitments in Jefferson City and hopefully get MONA [the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act> passed this year! So you are still stuck with me for a few more months. I am still very committed to the work I am doing for PROMO, hence me sticking around. I will continue to work hard and fulfill my responsibilities until I leave and the new PROMO staff takes over in KC.”
A.J. Bockelman, PROMO executive director, said, “I believe Kyle has done a great job reintroducing PROMO in KC. We will miss Kyle, but wish him well in Texas.”
We at Camp have noticed Piccola’s great contribution to Kansas City and Missouri through PROMO and will keep you informed of any news about his successor.
UMKC Pride Breakfast
The annual UMKC Pride Scholarship breakfast fundraiser on March 12 was a great success, with more than 700 in attendance. Award-winning playwright, author and screenwriter Tony Kushner was the guest speaker and he was interviewed by the Kansas City arts and civic leader Joan Israelite. Attendees were entertained as the breakfast began by the talented young people in SunRaise, a community service choir associated with Music Theatre Kansas City. Nearly $85,000 was raised, with more contributions still coming in, for the Pride Empowerment Fund that has offered grants to LGBTQIA students.
Late Night Theatre
Remington Steele Magnolias has enjoyed sellout crowds for most of its performances, which continue through March 30. LNT’s one-year anniversary of producing plays at Missie B’s Main Stage was March 7. Great news: The troupe is bringing back its hilarious rendition of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds for the next production, which will run May 8-June 13.
‘Hair’ and ‘Equus’ in Kansas City
The local theater scene is featuring two legendary plays, known for controversial adult content. It’s nice to see that Kansas City audiences can appreciate theater that does not play it safe. Both plays are recommended for those over age 17 because of nudity or adult themes.
The Kansas City Rep, led by artistic director Eric Rosen, is featuring this concert documentary event about the play that entertained a generation, one of the first rock musicals depicting the 1960s era of peace, love and revolution. This production, which runs through April 12 at UMKC’s Spencer Theatre, offers the great music from the musical and documentary interviews with the original Broadway artists. Tickets: www.kcrep.org/shows/2014-2015/hair/
Directed by Jeff Church, this play by Peter Schaffer is an intense theatre experience that took the theater scene by storm in 1973. The play is about a psychiatrist and his relationship with a troubled youth and the investigation of a crime involving the blinding of horses.
Performances are Wednesdays-Sundays at 8 p.m., through April 19. (No performance for First Friday, April 3.) Industry Performance: Monday, April 6, $15. All performances are at The Living Room (thelivingroomkc.com), 1818 McGee, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: www.artful.ly/store/events/5339.
April 3: Mosaic Gallery Opening
Mosaic is a collaborative AIDS awareness art project by Kansas City area youth, artists and volunteers, who create beautiful ceramic tiles and bowls to depict their understanding of HIV and AIDS. Their artwork is for sale at this gallery opening, 5-8 p.m., in the Art Lobby of the Chair Building, 2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo., and also at AIDS Walk on April 25. Information: www.mosaickansascity.org.
April 5: Spirit of Hope’s ‘The Victor’
This year’s Easter cantata, at 10 a.m., tells the story of Jesus’ life from his bringing Lazarus back to life to his resurrection. This celebration will feature more than 40 people, including a choir, readers, soloists and actors, accompanied by a multimedia presentation at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. Pastor Clyde McNeal will share a short message, and the service will conclude with Baptism and Communion.
April 5-6: Holy Headshot Sale
Our great theater friend Heidi Van of the Fishtank Performance Studio is offering a wonderful opportunity for anyone to get their own professional headshot. Whether you’d like it for the stage, as a present to your parents, or for a Linked In or Facebook profile, this is a great deal for only $100 by the talented Manon Halliburton Natural Light Photography.
Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. Each session will be 30 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes before your session, and come prepared to shoot, with makeup and outfit ready.
You must email the photographer and provide a $50 deposit before the shoot. No walk-ins offered. To reserve a time, email [email protected] Their work can be seen at www.manonhalliburtonphotography.com
April 9-11: Miss Gay Missouri America 2015
Kansas City is hosting this annual event this year at 7 p.m. at the Arts Asylum, 1000 E. Ninth St., Kansas City, Mo, with the reigning Miss Gay Missouri, Adria Andrews.