Roving Imp Theater & Coffee House—the only improv venue in Kansas—showcases the madcapped, off-the-cuff antics of improvateurs culled from across the U.S. and abroad. Comedic illusionists conjure one-act plays, making characters, scenes, and plots appear out of thin air using a complicated system of smoke, mirrors, and audience suggestions. The schedule changes as regularly as the star performer in a one-man adaptation of Cats, but recurring acts include Serial Cereal, an improvised sitcom that follows a family of wrestlers through weekly episodes, and RI Spectacular, a Whose Line Is It Anyway?-style game show.
Spurred by a drive to instill children with a love for the arts and to build their self-esteem, professional actor Miles McMahon helms an array of educational programs at Theatre of the Imagination. He and his staff of local theater lovers build on more than 2,000 successful children's theatrical productions through creative summer camps, acting and performance classes, special workshops, and birthday parties for performers in prekindergarten through ninth grade. Miles writes a completely new work for each class and camp, using the script to immerse students in a cooperative, creative environment while freeing them from the pressures of lead roles, auditions, and autographer's elbow. Staff members can also conduct Movie Star Acting birthday parties, where they shoot a short film with the birthday child as the star.
In an age of stringent airport security and fewer flights to Narnia, theater remains the easiest and most rewarding way to be transported to new worlds while seated in a row of cushioned chairs. Today's Groupon invites you to one of 24 performances of Green Whales at Unicorn Theatre. For $15, you get one ticket to a Friday- or Saturday-night show at 8 p.m. (a $32.50 value). You can also get a ticket to a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.; a Tuesday-, Wednesday-, or Thursday-night show at 7:30 p.m.; or the one-time Saturday matinee on March 6 at 3 p.m. for $12 (a $27.50 value). Shows start with the previews on March 3 and 4 and run through closing day on March 28. Once you receive your Groupon, call the theater's box office to schedule the date you would like to attend.
Roller skates, rainbows, and glitter erupt in flamboyant fashion in Starlight Theatre’s production of Xanadu, a mythology-inspired camp-rock romp that raises eyebrows and elicits laughs from the audience as winged horses and Greek gods skate across the stage. Inspired by the 1980s cult-classic, Tony Award–nominated film of the same name, Xanadu tells the timeless love story of a man, his muse, and his roller disco. Sincere yet intrinsically campy, this parody unleashes a glitzy onstage discotheque populated by a roster of tuneful trolley-shoes, each sporting sparkling costumes while belting out memorable hits from the likes of Olivia Newton John and Electric Light Orchestra.
Associate conductor Steven Jarvi channels the combined melodious might of the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus, KC Brass, Allegro Children’s Choir, and Rezound Handbell Ensemble through an all-new holiday celebration of sound. Mobs of merry musicians, rumored to include 12 drummers drumming and a possible 11 pipers piping, will feed hungry ossicles symphonic arrangements of Christmas traditions. Families coasting on waves of Yuletide joy will yearn to sing along with timeless carols perfected by years of door-to-door focus testing. To complete each holly-jolly evening, Santa Claus himself will make an appearance to play a 30-minute free jazz solo on his signature fur-fringed soprano saxophone.
Though it was once the sport of choice for the nation’s well-heeled gentry, croquet slowly found itself relegated to being a game played at family reunions with equipment found in your grandparent’s basement. Wanting to halt one of their favorite childhood pastimes slide into obscurity, the team at Kactus Creek Croquet Club decided to open up a six-wicket club specializing in these fun, less-formal games of American golf croquet. Greenery, a large waterfall—and the club’s namesake cacti—surround the USCA-certified club, creating a scenic spot for guests to learn the game under the helpful eye of an onsite instructor or hone their skills with an afternoon of match play. The club’s groundskeepers maintain the cushy hybrid bermuda grass to a fast golf-green quality with water supplied by caught rainwater, preserving the environment without having to buy pedal-operated golf carts.