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Spotlight on the Wicked Witch: Meet Bri Woods

Bri Woods, the Kansas City performer playing the Wicked Witch in the Lawrence Arts Center’s The Wizard of Oz, is bringing our 1920s vision to life. We sat down with Bri to learn more about what it means to her to play the Wicked Witch. Read below to see what she has to say!   What … Continued


Spotlight on Dorothy: Meet Sadie Barbee

Sadie Barbee, the performer playing Dorothy in the Lawrence Arts Center’s The Wizard of Oz, is bringing our 1920s vision to life. We sat down with Sadie to learn more about what it means to her to play Dorothy and who she is inspired by. Read below to see what she has to say!   … Continued


Free State Festival Joins the Alliance

Last week, Free State Festival Director Marlo Angell travelled to Midway, Utah for the annual Arthouse Convergence Conference to learn more about issues in independent film exhibition and connect with other professionals in the industry. Film festival organizers, arthouse cinema personnel, film distributors, service providers and filmmakers ‘converged’ for a week-long symposium of panels, key-note … Continued


International Holocaust Remembrance Day Events

The Lawrence Arts Center will recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a screening of the film, Big Sonia, and a performance of the play, Bent, on Saturday, January, 27. “Key to the strength of Big Sonia is its refusal to give in to easy bromides. Its use of animation to illustrate Sonia’s memories spins off her own artful … Continued


A Look Inside: The Wizard Of Oz Cast List and Our 1920’s Theme

Take a peek at our art deco silk designs by Tammy Keiser and our 1920’s Dorothy costume sketch by Erin McElroy!  We are incredibly thrilled that so many community members joined us for The Wizard of Oz auditions this past weekend at the Lawrence Arts Center. Congratulations to everyone in our cast! We are welcoming … Continued


Summer Youth Theatre 2018 Show Announcement!

Summer Youth Theatre is a performance-based theatre art program for 1st-12th graders.  Professional directors, choreographers, musicians, and theatre technicians work with youth to produce high quality shows performed for enthusiastic, often sold-out audiences.  Most importantly, SYT youth have fun, make new friends, and create memories that last a lifetime! Check below for show titles and … Continued


Video: Art Heals Testimonial – Sadie

You’ve seen actress Sadie Barbee in the Summer Youth Theatre production of Avenue Q, Mary Baker’s Black Box Cabaret, and the recent holiday show, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. She also works behind the scenes in the performing arts department, helping in everything from technical theatre to the youth performance company, Play 12. But what you … Continued



Video: The Masks of The Nutcracker

We went behind the scenes of this year’s production of The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet to learn more about the showstopping masks that bring the Nutcracker Prince, the Mouse Queen, and a small army of mouse soldiers to life. Artist Kent Smith captures the magic of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic by sculpting three dimensional masks that … Continued


Auditions for The Wizard of Oz!

Calling Actors, Singers, and Dancers ages 8 and up! The Lawrence Arts Center is delighted to announce that L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz will be presented this coming spring! Join us for a totally new twist on this classic musical, reimagined in an exciting new design, 1920’s style. A local production with lots of heart, this … Continued