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Lawrence Arts Center to restart Ukulele Orchestra program | UDK

By Wyatt Hall on December 6, 2018 When you think of an orchestra, you traditionally think of both wind and string-based classical instruments. The Lawrence Arts Center is shaking that up by bringing back a program in January called the Ukulele Orchestra. The Ukulele Orchestra is a 16-week class where five to 15 students will learn … 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



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


Performing Arts this December!

Hello and Happy December! Check out what we’ve got coming up this month and take a sneak peek at our plans for the new year.   First up, don’t miss out on The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet. Experience the charm of this Lawrence Arts Center production, running December 7-9 and 14-16. A winter family favorite, … Continued


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


Lawrence Opera Looks At “*dwb*” | KCUR Up to Date

By Steve Kraske and Devin Davis on November 16, 2018 Using opera to examine an issue of racial bias in America. Handing your teen child the car keys then worrying  whether or not they will make it back is not an experience that everyone faces. For people of color this is a common concern and … 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


‘Driving While Black’ opera to be performed at Lawrence Arts Center | UDK

By Rachel Gaylor on November 13, 2018 Several University of Kansas School of Music faculty will present “DWB (Driving While Black)” at the Lawrence Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. this coming Saturday. The one-act opera will highlight the fears of a black mother when her 16-year-old son begins to drive. The feature is somewhat autobiographical. University … Continued