Raytown Arts Council presents South Pacific

WHO’S WHO  Emily Cain as Ensign Nellie Forbush Emily is a history teacher at Van Horn High School but enjoys off time in theatrical productions. Her first RAC production was FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in 1999. She performed in MARY POPPINS and LITTLE WOMEN for Center Place Christian Theater; THE MUSIC MAN, THE WIZARD OF OZ, ANNIE and THE LION, WITCH AND THE WARDROBE for Blue Springs Community Theatre; and DIE FLEDERMAUS at Truman State University. She serves as worship team leader with the Abundant Life Fellowship. Paul Howerton as Emile De Becque After graduating from Ft. Osage High School in Lexington, Paul went on toRead More →

Raytown Arts Council presents South Pacific

 DIRECTOR’S NOTES  I am pleased once again to be directing the summer production for the Raytown Arts Council after CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG  in 2017. During the directing process for this show, I found three interesting things that stood out and found worthy of commenting on. First, having directed 70 shows and performed in another 120 plus over the years in six states, SOUTH PACIFIC was never in my artistic orbit, and never presented an opportunity for me to be a part. I found that odd having been in eight Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musicals. And now SOUTH PACIFIC finally crosses my path and it is a thrill toRead More →

Raytown Arts Council presents South Pacific

SOUTH PACIFIC CAST EMILE DE BECQUE Paul Howerton (Napoleon, MO) ENSIGN NELLIE FORBUSH Emily Cain (Independence, MO) HENRY Jennifer Abate (Kansas City, MO) NGANA Isabella Flores (Shawnee, KS) JEROME Alex Cross (Overland Park, KS) BLOODY MARY Kathleen Narboneta (Shawnee, KS) BLOODY MARY’S ASSISTANT Megyn Payne (Raytown, MO) LIAT Althea Flores (Overland Park, KS) LUTHER BILLIS Alan Hainkel (Kansas City, MO) GEORGE WATTS “STEWPOT” John Bergmann (Raytown, MO) PROFESSOR Ken Kasten (Olathe, KS) LT. JOSEPH CABLE Braden Shryock (Tonganoxie, KS) O’BRIEN AND LT. BUZZ ADAMS Jacob Cochran (Independence, MO) CAPT. GEORGE BRACKETT Denis Payne (Raytown, MO) CMDR. WILLIAM HARBISON Mark Graham (Independence, MO) HEBERT QUALE ANDRead More →

Rogers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC

Auditions for South Pacific will take place on April 26, 27 and May 4 at 6 pm. Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church 5757 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri 64133 There is no advance sign up sheet. Just show up to sing, dance or read from script. Singers should not sing any song from the show. An audition piece should be about 32 bars and should demonstrate your vocal range and quality, along with diction and character. Call backs will be on May 5 at 1 pm. Note that the directors are committed to casting the islander roles with those of islander descent. Thank you forRead More →

Rogers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC

The Raytown Arts Council announces its 2018 Summer Broadway musical production will be Rogers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC with music by RICHARD ROGERS and lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II. This musical is based on the book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II and JOSHUA LOGAN which was adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James Michener. RAC has selected David Lush as Director and David Rogers as Music Director for this July production.  Audition dates and times will be announced in January on KCStage.com, RaytownArts.com and RAC’s Facebook and Twitter. SOUTH PACIFIC is the story of two parallel love stores, set inRead More →

Story about the last two days of the last group of working telephone switchboard operators in the last city in the USA to get rotary phones, Sept. 1969. NUMBER PLEASE! was first presented in the readers theater format in June 2001 at the Grand Casino in Biloxi, MS as the main event of the Telephone Pioneers of Mississippi state convention. The Regional Manager of AT&T located in Greenwood, MS funded the event. The show has been presented another 18 times in restaurants, VFWs and country clubs. In 2013, the play was presented as the Grand Opening Event for the renovation ceremony of the Arkansas CityRead More →

David Lush is directing his first show for the Raytown Arts Council but it is actually the 70th show he has directed over the years. He has appeared in 127 stage productions in seven states starting in 1964 with The Sound of Music. Lush has been in the media arena for over 35 years in newspapers and TV. He has been a host of three live news-talk radio shows. Lush moved to Raytown in 2016 from Greenville, Mississippi, where he was news producer for WABG TV6 (ABC).  At WABG, he was also a part of the cast of the TruTV reality show, Breaking Greenville, whichRead More →