KC's Musical Theater Heritage Ventures Into the Woods

News   KC's Musical Theater Heritage Ventures Into the Woods Musical Theater Heritage, the Kansas City troupe that presents lively concert versions of musicals, goes Into the Woods Oct. 19-21 at the funky industrial Belger Arts Center in downtown Kansas City, MO.

The unique concert presentation of the musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine will be directed by Amy Coady and musical directed by Molly Jessup. Alyson Schacherer is stage manager.

The performances mark a time of change for the troupe. The company leaves the Belger space after this weekend to allow for an expansion of the sculpture exhibition there. MTH executive director George Harter is searching for a new home for his players.

MTH artistic director Amy Coady steps down after Into the Woods to pursue her own presenting ventures, and she expects to draw from the resident professional musical theatre community.

"I've loved exploring stories in song with Musical Theater Heritage," she told Playbill.com. "I'm looking to go on an independent track and continue that passion."

Coady, who has family and roots in the Kansas City area, moved back in 2004 after several years in Manhattan, where she pursued singing (including gigs in cabarets) and musical theatre writing (she was a lyricist in the prestigious Tony Award-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop). Her upcoming appearances include Kansas City Rep's A Christmas Carol and Quality Hill Playhouse's The Music of the 1950s.

The Into the Woods cast includes Karen Errington (Witch), Robert Gibby Brand (Narrator/Mysterious Man), Michael Dragen (Baker), Tim Scott (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), Amy Coady (Baker's Wife), Brandon Sollenberger (Rapunzel's Prince), Alison Sneegas Borberg (Cinderella), Kristin Leathers (Cinderella's Stepmother), Kristen French (Lucinda), Katy Lindhart (Florinda), Megan King (Granny/Giant/Cinderella's Mother), Rick Truman (Steward), Andrea Boswell (Rapunzel), Audrie Williams (Little Red Riding Hood), Ben Gulley (Jack), Bonita Hanson (Jack's Mother).

For information, call (816) 221-6987 or visit www.musicaltheaterheritage.com.

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