Free concert planned tonight at library

A free concert by the Goldenberg Duo is planned from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the café area at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

The musicians are Susan Goldenberg, a violinist with the Kansas City Symphony; and William Goldenberg, chair of the piano department at Northern Illinois University. The program is for adults and senior adults.

Their appearance is sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony.

About 30 seats were remaining as of Tuesday afternoon. Registration is requested to https://kckpl.librarymarket.com/events/goldenberg-duo. For more information call 913-295-8250.

Review: High school play a magical, moving experience

“Beauty and the Beast” is being performed at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Ward High School, 708 N. 18th, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

At Bishop Ward High School, they are putting on a play called “Beauty and the Beast.”

I have reviewed many a play in my day. This play blew me away. It was magical, entertaining, moving and passionate as well.

At one point I felt like crying and at another point I laughed with joy. This was as good as I have seen in New York and Chicago.

These young people are phenomenal – both the cast and crew.

The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Bishop Ward, and seating begins at 6:30 p.m.

I not only tip my hat to the cast and crew, I want to thank them for sharing their talents with me. It is a magical, entertaining experience I will never forget.

More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)
More photos from the production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Bishop Ward High School. (Photo by William Crum)

‘Raisin in the Sun’ enthralls viewers

Review

by William Crum

Three people from Wyandotte County appeared in the play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” from Feb. 14 to 29 at the KC Melting Pot Theatre at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.

Robert E. Coppage III played Joseph Asagai. He is a 2010 graduate of Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas. Coppage also has been in such plays as “We Shall Not Be Moved” at the Coterie Theater.

Robert Coppage III (Photo by William Crum)

When asked when he started acting, Coppage said, “I started acting when I was 5 years old. Acting is my true love.”

When you watch Coppage perform, it will startle you. He can take a role and that person magically comes to life right before your eyes. He is a shining star. If you ever see a play he is in, by all means, go to it.

Lynn King (Photo by William Crum)

Lynn King, who played Lena Younger (Mama), is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, with over 30 years of acting experience. She has appeared in several national commercials plus she has directed over 30 productions. King is another shining star of Wyandotte County.

When asked how she liked her role, King said, “I loved it.” Like Coppage, she has a magical way of portraying her role.

One person who was unable to be contacted was Jerron O’Neal, who played Walter Lee Younger. He like, King and Coppage, is from Wyandotte County. O’Neal is a retired firefighter from the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department, and has appeared in various theater projects throughout the Greater Kansas City area. Like King and Coppage, he has that special way of acting.

Harvey Williams, executive director of The Melting Pot Theatre, said the actors that come out of Wyandotte County are amazing.

“Saturday night is our last night and I might add the play, ‘The Raisin in the Sun,’ had sellout crowds in every performance, making ‘The Raisin in the Sun’ the best play we offered the public,” he said.

He congratulated the cast and crew on one of the best plays he had seen in a long time.