Archive for Kansas City Missouri

Summer theater program involves local youth

Youth from throughout the area participated in KC Rep’s Youth Summer Theatre Ensemble program under the umbrella of the EnrichKC programming. (Photo from KC Rep, Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble)

As a part of its expanding education outreach, KCRep launched its first Youth Summer Theatre Ensemble program under the umbrella of the EnrichKC programming.

Thirty-six cast members from 25 local schools wrote, cast, and directed an original play, To Be Human,” which explores a hero’s journey from the origin story through life’s challenges, and onto the discovery that to be a superhero is to be a super human.

EnrichKC: Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble, or SYTE, is a four-week program open to young artists ages 13-18 in the Kansas City area from July 5 to July 29 at Spencer Theatre on the UMKC Campus. Thanks to the support of generous donors, the program is completely free for every student.

In preparation for the program, several workshops were conducted in area schools. KCRep teaching artists guide students through an interactive four-week rehearsal process full of games, ensemble-building activities, playwriting exercises and more.

From this process, the student company worked together to write and produce “To Be Human,” which had two performances on the Spencer stage in the Olson Performing Arts Center on the UMKC campus at 7 p.m. Friday, July 28, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

– Story from Tammy Cunningham, EnrichKC


Kansas City, Mo., man sentenced in Leawood bank robbery

A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced Monday to more than five years in federal prison for bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Terry Lovelady, 58, Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced to 5.8 years. Lovelady pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas.

He admitted that on Aug. 24, 2016, he robbed the Central Bank of the Midwest at 4801 Town Center Drive in Leawood and fled in a getaway car driven by a co-defendant.

The robbers led police on a high-speed chase, running red lights and cutting off other drivers. Eventually, the getaway car jumped a curb, rolled down a hill and came to a stop in a parking lot at St. Joseph Medical Center in Missouri. The robbers fled the car on foot and were soon arrested.

Co-defendant Chad English, 43, Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced in May to 4.3 years.

Beall commended the FBI, the Leawood Police Department, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton for their work on the case.


Saturday events

In the event of inclement weather, contact the sponsoring organization and ask if the event will still be held.

Show and Shine Car and Truck Show at Ag Hall
The Show and Shine Car and Truck Show will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 126th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Meet turtles and snakes today
A program on the natural history of the snakes and turtles at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 22. It is for all ages. The library is at 4051 West Drive in Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas. The program is for all ages.

Program to discuss essential oils
Essential oils will be the topic of a program from 10:30 to noon Saturday, July 22, at the West Wyandotte Library auditorium, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. Gayle Whitney and Judy Cruden will discuss essential oils and how they can work for a family during the back-to-school time.

Lego build event planned
The KC Brick Club will hold a Lego play-build activity from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, storytime – craft room, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. They also will display some custom builds from their members. The program is for all ages.

Christmas in July event planned
A Christmas in July event is planned tonight at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road. Planned are a kids’ fishing derby at 5 p.m., a pontoon boat parade at 8:30 p.m., food vendors, music, and fireworks afterward at the beach shelter. The event is open to the public.

Free concert planned at the Legends Outlets
Rattle and Hum, a U2 tribute band, is scheduled to perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Legends Outlets in the center courtyard fountain area. The concert is free and open to the public. People may bring folding chairs.

T-Bones at home tonight
The T-Bones (33-25) will play the Winnipeg Goldeyes at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas. Post-game fireworks are planned. Tickets are available online by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting in person the Providence Medical Center Box Office.