Company – White Theatre

Company - White TheatreKnowing a show inside and out is a wonderful thing!  Because of the staging of the previous production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” at OCTA (I was literally on stage the entire show.)   So I knew every scene by heart!  This came in handy for a back-to-back production of “Company” at the White Theatre, located in the Jewish Community Center.

Since I am writing this post more than a year since doing this production, I’ll be brief about the production, other than to say that it was a wonderful experience.  Barb Nichols and Martha Risser are an amazing team.  Barb still manages to surprise me with her research, insight and vision for her productions.  Martha has a musical sense that is second to none and brings out the best in you as a musician.  The entire cast was amazing!  I was completely star-struck with the talent with whom I got to share the stage.  It was an honor to be a member of this cast!

I’m often asked which production I liked better, The White Theatre or OCTA.  Honestly, I like both of them equally.  The OCTA space is intimate and since we were all on stage for the entire show, the cast was very connected.  The White Theatre was a larger production and had more production elements and an all-star cast.  I can’t pick a favorite, I won’t pick a favorite, I loved them both!!

Here are a few photos from the production!

Playing Catch-Up

Over the past year or so, I have been extremely busy with performing shows around the city in various community venues.  I have had great intentions to write articles for each of these shows.  Well… as you can see, I was not successful in getting those shows documented aside from just listing them in my upcoming performance schedule. (What!?  You didn’t know I list my upcoming shows?  The link is here.)

So here is the deal… I still want to feature all of those shows!  I am very proud of the work I have done with these shows and while it may be “old news” to post information about them now, I still want to share.  Over the next few weeks, I will be trying to catch up on all of those shows.  Here is the list of upcoming articles:

  • “Company” – White Theatre (Jewish Community Center)
  • “Follies” – The Barn Players
  • “Spamalot” – White Theatre (Jewish Community Center)
  • “Closer Than Ever” – The Barn Players
  • “La Cage Aux Folles” – The Barn Players
  • “Catch Me If You Can” – The Barn Players (currently in rehearsals!)

Watch this space!!

Plaza 10k 2014

Kelsey's First 10kWell, it’s been a while since I have made any posts on running.  So here is a quick update about a recent run with my niece.   My very first 10k was the inaugural run of this race.  I remember it quite well, as it was a rainy day.  Not rainy enough to cancel the race, just enough enough to get everyone soaked.  Not only was that race my first 10k, but it was the first time I really ran in the rain.  It was a cold rain, so I put on sweat pants and a long-sleeve cotton shirt.  Basically, I soaked up every drop of rain that hit me and by the time I reached the finish line, I think I weighed about 10 pounds more because of the water in my cotton clothes.  I have learned the lesson and now have appropriate rain-wear cloths for runs.   😉

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Heartland Men’s Chorus and the Gateway Men’s Chorus

The Heartland Men’s Chorus (HMC) in Kansas City recently did a joint concert with the Gateway Men’s Chorus (GMC).  The men of GMC traveled to Kansas City on March 29th and 30th, then the men of HMC went to St. Louis for an April 5th Concert.  It was a great time with brilliant music making and fellowship.

Dr. Tim Seelig

Dr. Tim Seelig and John backstage at the Folly Theatre

In Kansas City the second half of the concert was directed by Dr. Tim Seelig, the Artistic Director for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.  Dr. Seelig’s direction was impeccable and both groups enjoyed his sense of humor while he shared his knowledge.

The performance venues were different in Kansas City and St. Louis.  Kansas City performances were at the Folly Theatre and the production was very theatrical.  In St. Louis the venue was concert style.  Both locations were received by enthusiastic audiences.

Thank you to our GMC brothers for joining us!  Together we achieved more than just singing a few songs together.  We achieved making music!


Company at OCTA

Time has gone by so quickly for this show!  Only two more shows, tonight and tomorrow afternoon and it will be done.

This cast has been one of my favorites!  Every single person in the cast brings amazing talent and is wonderful both on and off stage.   I promise I will write a round-up about this show that goes in depth,  but for now if you have not seen this show, please consider it for your weekend entertainment!

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