Kansas City Star Previews “West Side Story”

Kansas City Star Previews “West Side Story”

Spinning Tree will stay true to Broadway in “West Side Story”

by Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star

August 21, 2015

When in doubt, trust your muscles.

That’s how Michael Grayman and Andrew Parkhurst, founders of Spinning Tree Theatre, describe the most important resource for re-creating the most distinctive and rigorous Broadway choreography in history.

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KCUR Spotlights “West Side Story”

KCUR Spotlights “West Side Story”

Spinning Tree Theatre’s ‘West Side Story’ Puts a Spotlight on Local Talent

by Laura Spencer, KCUR 90.1FM

August 21, 2015

With its new production of West Side Story, Spinning Tree Theatre takes an intimate approach to a large classic musical.

It’s thought to be the first in Kansas City with an all-local, all-professional cast. And while maintaining the original choreography, two veteran cast members are putting their own stamp on it.

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Meet the Cast of “West Side Story”

Meet the Cast of “West Side Story”

 

Megan Herrera (Maria) Spinning Tree: Fiddler on the Roof. Local: Merchant of Venice (HASF), A Christmas Carol  and Carousel (KC Rep), South Pacific, Bernstein’s Broadway, and Hello Dolly! (MTH), The King and I (Metropolitan Ensemble), Carrie: The Musical (Egads!), The Death of Cupid (The Living Room); Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Unicorn). Stephens College, B.F.A. Theatre Arts. Megan is incredibly grateful to perform with this talented cast! Special thanks to her family, friends, and the Spinning Tree family for making a dream come true. www.meganherrera.com

 

Jacob Aaron Cullum (Tony) Spinning Tree: Hello Again. Local: King Lear (HASF), Cock (Unicorn Theatre), A Chritsmas Carol (KC Rep), Journey’s End (KCAT), The Buddy Holly Story (New Theatre), Red …

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KCMetropolis reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

KCMetropolis reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

April 29, 2015

Karen Hauge, KCMetropolis

“To Life! To Life!” To Spinning Tree!

Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of a small town and its problems—small problems like the lameness of a horse, the pushiness of one’s long-suffering wife, and the marriageability of poor young women. But there are much larger issues lurking in the background of small Anatevka—discrimination, social unrest, and the mutable relevance of living one’s life according to the Good Book.

Just as the story of Fiddler captures big problems in a small …

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The Pitch reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

The Pitch reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

April 29, 2015

Deborah Hirsch, The Pitch

Spinning Tree’s “Fiddler on the Roof” travels well through time

Fiddler on the Roof turned 50 last year, but the musical doesn’t show its age. Despite being steeped in traditions and, for most of us, an old and far-removed way of life, the story is so fundamentally human that it remains vibrant and contemporary. Its world isn’t so distant, in some ways, from our own.

Spinning Tree Theatre’s Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst have grabbed hold of the story’s essence and created …

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Kansas City Star “Fiddler on the Roof” review

Kansas City Star “Fiddler on the Roof” review

April 28, 2015

Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star

“Fiddler” works its will in thoughtful Spinning Tree production

The simple fact of the matter is that “Fiddler on the Roof” always gets to me.

It’s easy to point out the individual components that make this a classic show — Jerry Bock’s evocative score, Joseph Stein’s vivid dialogue, Sheldon Harnick’s poetic lyrics. But there’s a kind of alchemy at work when these contributions come together.

With equal parts humor and tenderness, the show asks us to consider nothing less than the …

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“Fiddler on the Roof” Photos

“Fiddler on the Roof” Photos

The company performs “Tradition”

 

Gary Neal Johnson as Tevye in “If I Were a Rich Man”

 

Julie Shaw as Golde and Megan Herrera as Chava

 

 

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Meet the Cast of “Fiddler on the Roof”

Meet the Cast of “Fiddler on the Roof”

The Cast and Musicians of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

 

Gary Neal Johnson (Tevye) Spinning Tree: Debut. Kansas City Repertory Theatre: (100 productions) including A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), Little Shop of Horrors (Mushnik), August: Osage County (Charlie), Cabaret (Herr Schultz), Bus Stop (Virgil Blessing), The Drawer Boy (Morgan), Oleanna (John), King Lear (Gloucester), Give ‘Em Hell, Harry (Harry Truman), Royal Hunt of the Sun (Pizarro), Treasure Island (Long John Silver), A Delicate Balance (Harry), Julius Caesar (Caesar), A Midsummer Night’s Dream …

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KCUR Profiles “Black Pearl Sings!”

KCUR Profiles “Black Pearl Sings!”

KC Playwright Frank Higgins Inspired By A Story Of Prison And Redemption

by Laura Spencer, KCUR 90.1 FM

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KCMetropolis Review: “Black Pearl Sings!”

KCMetropolis Review: “Black Pearl Sings!”

Black Pearl Sings and Spinning Tree soars

by Karen Hauge, KCMetropolis.org

Kansas City playwright Frank Higgins has written a quiet masterpiece, and Spinning Tree Theatre has given it a powerful voice in actors Nedra Dixon and Vanessa Severo, directed by Walter Coppage.

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