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Holiday Happenings: A Kansas ‘Nutcracker’ | Lawrence Journal-World

By Rochelle Valverde on November 21, 2018 The Lawrence Arts Center’s annual performance of E.T.A. Hoffman’s story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King reimagines the traditional tale in a Kansas setting. “I consider the show to be a lovely family experience that is magical, transformative and that celebrates what Lawrence loves and also the … Continued


Audition for Oliver!

Calling Actors, Singers, and Dancers ages 8 and up! After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime.   … Continued


Call for Entry: Apply for Our Local Project Based Residency!

From our teaching artists to our Artist INC cohort, from our Artists in Residence to Final Friday exhibitions, we know that Douglas County is rich with exemplary creators. We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a Local Project Based Residency for 2019 to help support, sustain, and foster the growth of our fellow artists. … Continued


A Day in the Life of a Nutcracker

You might think the life of a Nutcracker is an easy one. Nights filled with adoring fans ….   and days filled with relaxing activities…   But the role certainly has its ups and downs…   So, yesterday, when I felt I just might be starting to crack, I took a few deep breaths and … Continued



Video: Ernesto – Art is For Everyone

“It’s all about learning and educating and growing together. And that helped me grow and discover a side of myself as a performer that I didn’t know I had inside me.” – Ernesto Hodison You loved him in Wizard of Oz and Color Play, and starting this January, you won’t want to miss Ernesto Hodison … Continued



Early Ed Talks: Learning About Writing

About our guest blogger… Rudi Monson’s daughter is currently in her second year of preschool at the Lawrence Arts Center. Her older daughter spent three years at the Arts Center’s Early Childhood Education program, including kindergarten. Rudi holds a bachelors degree in Elementary/Middle School Education from the University of Kansas, and a masters in Curriculum … Continued


Early Ed Talks: A Parent Blog

Hi fellow parents! I’m Rudi Monson. My daughter, Rivi, is currently in her second year of preschool at the Lawrence Arts Center. My older daughter, Logan, spent three years at the Arts Center’s Early Childhood program, including kindergarten. I don’t know about you, but when I started looking for the right preschool for my kids, … Continued



School of Dance – December News

This month in the School of Dance! Dec. 7-9, 14-16 | The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet Experience the sensation and charm of the Lawrence Arts Center’s Nutcracker production. A winter family favorite, this ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story and set in Kansas during the Civil War. Witness the magic and wonder of this story as … Continued


Thank You, Nutcracker Conductor Jeff Dearinger!

After more than fifteen years of arranging the uniquely Kansas music of the Arts Center’s take on The Nutcracker, conductor Jeff Dearinger has decided hang up his baton after this year’s run. His indelible contributions to this holiday favorite have been greatly admired and appreciated by creative collaborators and audience members alike. We took some … Continued