Dan Schultz, director of Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute focuses on educating and preparing his students for finding a job. This Friday students will show the second piece, “Jerks and Freaks,” an edgy, avant-garde production of 26 original works created by the students over the last two weeks.
Fifteen French-horn players make up MU's choir. Because the French horn has a four-octave range, a group of just horns can cover all the parts of an ensemble piece.
The Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts name Kanani May, current director of public relations an marketing, as interim director on Tuesday following David White's resignation. The theater currently is facing lawsuits regarding the $10 million renovation project that White took on in his nine years as director.
"Hairspray," which opens at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre on Wednesday, offers more than laughs and catchy tunes. It also delivers a message about people "getting together and being one," according to one actor.
Randy Sinquefield chose to leave Los Angeles behind to pursue personal projects and help Columbia and regional filmmakers along the way. He has opened Spectrum Studios, which rents film and photo equipment and studio space.
Crumpled bits of paper are everywhere in Kyle Ayers' world — in his wallet, his car and his bedroom — and they hold ideas that can turn into a stand-up routine for the budding comedian.
Annette Kolling-Buckley has moved her 32-year-old Columbia Books business to what she insists will be its final location. She had the place designed with energy efficiency in mind, and Fred, the resident cat, appears happy with the wider width of the window sills.
TRYPS children's theater begins its 10th season with the production of "Willy Wonka Junior." Tamra Walker co-directs 65 children, including two of her own, in this musical filled with life lessons.
Columbia Art League's first fiber art show features seven artists from the MU community. It coincides in part with a conference also featuring fiber art in Kansas City next month. Included in the Columbia show is an exhibit that challenges the audience to tell the difference between items made by hand and those made by machine.
Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute starts next week with a show for children. The institute involves theater students from the college, with the goal of teaching the students to handle all aspects of production and providing free theater for the community.
The Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre will be performing this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre. The show will feature classic ballet dances as well as some modern inspired dances.
If you're a brass player, you've probably played John Cheetham's music. If you're a brass player around Columbia, you've probably played with Cheetham. At 70, the retired MU professor composes almost every day. “I’m not willing to give up melody,” he says. “I still think a good tune goes a long way."
Behind good theater is a good dramaturg, a person who helps inform the production with historical insight and advice. MU has a nationally award-winning one: doctoral student Andy Pierce.
On Monday, the Missoula Children's Theatre came to Columbia to hold auditions for young performers. They're scheduled to put on a full-scale theatrical Saturday.
MU student Jessica Huang's 'Mermaids' plunges into conflict, 10 minutes later surfaces with a lifetime
How much can you say in 10 minutes of dialogue? A lifetime and more in the hands of the right writer. MU senior Jessica Huang's script, "Mermaids," won at a regional theater festival in Lawrence, Kan., in January, making it one of four 10-minute plays produced at a national competition in April* in Washington, D.C. Huang, who studies journalism and playwriting*, holds tight to her creativity and the depth of storytelling even as she responds to a societal demand for information to be faster and shorter.
Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for "Milk," spoke at MU Sunday.
Orr Street Studios is planning a "Springilicious" event in tandem with Artrageous Friday this week. The studio will include displayed artwork for sale as well as a rock band. Orr Street Studios is one of several downtown shops and galleries participating in the second Artrageous Friday of the year.
Artist Amy Stephenson attracts viewers through emotions she conveys in her paintings. A portion of her work, now displayed in Columbia, centers on misperceptions about motherhood and childhood as well as social networking sites.
Director Brett D. Johnson re-imagines Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night Or, What You Will," drawing parallels between characters in the play and those of the silent film era.
Thomas Yancey, a professor emeritus from Central Methodist University, creates art and restores it — all under the watchful gaze of one of his works, Maxine the mermaid. "You bring a painting to life," Yancey said. "I really enjoy that aspect of it.”