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KCKCC Theatre Department

The theatre program helps students with a general interest in theatre to interact with people in the working world. Theatre majors should plan their program with the requirements of their selected four-year college in mind

Students who follow the program are assured performance opportunities each semester during the two-year program. Students may apply directly to the department for a scholarship.

Directors Statement

Welcome to the Department of Theatre at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The Department of Theatre is rooted in the liberal arts tradition.

We offer both an Associate of Arts Degree in Acting and an Associate of General Studies in Theatre Technology and Design.

Our exciting, new program is noted for its professional atmosphere, its comprehensive nature, and its close faculty/student working relationship. In the department you'll have the benefits of a small, close-knit program within the environment of a comprehensive, urban community college with courses taught by some of the best professional actors, designers, and technicians in the Kansas City area.

Theatre students are most likely to succeed when they understand completely the theoretical, historical, and practical elements of the theatre. 

Upcoming Productions

The Flick

November 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m.
November 13 at 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Shane Gillaspie and Bridget MacKenzie 
Written by Annie Baker

Viewer discretion advised: This play contains strong language and adult situations. Content not suitable for children. 

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

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About the Playwright 

Annie Baker

Annie Baker grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, and graduated from the Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts. She earned her MFA from Brooklyn College. Her many accolades include: Body Awareness, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award in 2008, Circle Mirror Transformation, which received the Obie Award for Best New American Play and Performance, Ensemble in 2009, The Aliens, which was a finalist for the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and shared the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play with Circle Mirror Transformation. Her play The Flick premiered at Playwrights Horizons on March 12, 2013. A New York Times reviewer wrote, “Ms. Baker, one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade, writes with tenderness and keen insight.” The play received the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2013, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2014. Baker teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton. She was one of seven playwrights selected to participate in the 2008 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. In 2011 she was named a Fellow of United States Artists. 

About the Cast 

Skyler Re Garcia (Avery) - is a second year student at KCKCC. He served as an assistant stage manager on the One Act Play Festival last year, and recently played an Ancestor, the Monster Under the Bed, and Thing in The Addams Family Musical. 

Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez (Sam) - is a graduate of Wyandotte High School. Acting has always been a dream of Gary’s. Some of his credits include: Nightmare High School- stage manager (Wyandotte High School), Willie Wonka Jr.- Candyman (Kansas Academy of Theatrical Art), and The Addams Family Musical- Ancestor (KCKCC). He has also written two plays: Voodoo We Need and Bootleg Rehab (Coterie Theatre). He hopes to use his involvement with the KCKCC Theatre Department to open doors and launch his future acting career as a professional and educational experience. Gary would like to thank his wonderful parents and family for their encouragement to pursue his dreams. He would also like to thank his roots to Wyandotte High School and coaches from several Theatre teachers, including Ms. Lee, for their support. This will be his open portal to many college and professional shows that he hopes impact and touch the lives of others. 

Kinsasha Dydell (Rose) - is a graduate of Ottawa High School. She is in her second year at KCKCC and majoring in communications. She made her stage debut at KCKCC last semester in our production of The Vagina Monologues, and then again in Almost Maine as Hope. She was recently the assistant stage manager (ASM) for The Addams Family musical. She plans on pursuing a career in the broadcasting/journalism field. “ God first, family second” are the words she lives by. 
Charles Humphrey (Skylar/The Dreaming Man) – is a graduate of J.C. Harmon High School in 2008, Charles started attending KCKCC in 2011. He has been in several productions at KCKCC including Dream Girl, Babes in Arms, Dracula, Life is an 8-Bit Theater, Elephant In The Room, Tea Time, Anything Goes, and The Student One-Act Play Festival: LImerence and Take Back America. Charles was also the assistant stage manager (ASM) for Anything goes, Amost Maine, The Addams Family musical, and The Flick. He hopes to be an example to the people who are seen as “outcasts” and wanted to tell them that they CAN follow their dreams. 

About the Production Team 

Shane Gillaspie (director) - is a returning Theatre Major. He is an aspiring voice actor, avid movie and TV show watcher, and gamer. He enjoys singing, acting, and being completely involved in Theatre. His previous KCKCC credits include Anything Goes, Almost Maine, Addams Family the musical, and acting and directing in the Original Student One-Act Play Festival. 

Bridget McKenzie (co-director)
- graduated from KCKCC in spring of 2015. She returned to KCKCC to further her education. Previously, she has stage managed the play Dream Girls and The Addams Family musical. Bridget’s only acting credit has come from the Student One-Act Play Festival, Hell LLC. She also wrote a One Act, Nothing Else Matters. Bridget hopes to one-day work in Hollywood as an actress, writer, and director. 

Tickets

$7.00 for Adults
$5.00 for non-KCKCC students and children
Free for all KCKCC Students, Staff and Faculty

Call 913-288-7106 for information and rereservations
Group Rates Available
 

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Contact Information
Dr. Charles Leader
913-288-7106
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