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I am proud to announce (and happy to congratulate) the Anderson Award winners for November 2016.

Best Play:  Rachel (KC Melting Pot)

Best Musical:  Nice Work If You Can Get It (The Barn Players)

Best Actor:  Thomas Delgado (Cabaret – MTH)

Best Actress:   Stefanie Wienecke (Cabaret – MTH)

Best Cake:  Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (Theatre for Young America)


Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type – TYA – Nov 2016

Please continue to support local theatre and these award-winning theatres and theatre artists.  They have much more to come!

Next up at KC Melting PotThe Dutchman (February 17 – March 4, 2017)

Next up at The Barn PlayersBIG (Jan 13-22)

Next up at Theatre for Young America– The 3 Wise Cats: A Christmas Musical (Nov 22- Dec 24)

For more information on the Anderson Awards (and the beautiful people they are named after) please see this post.


I am proud to announce the Anderson Theatre Awards.  Each month I will posting Best of Kansas City Theatre awards chosen by Terry and Glenna Anderson, the patron saints of KC Theatre and Cake.

Many of you know Terry and Glenna Anderson, I’m sure.  If you have performed in Kansas City in the past 10 years you have a special place in your heart for the Andersons’ cakes.  These genuinely kind, shockingly prolific theatre-goers attend in excess of 140 live performances each year throughout the KC area.  And to each one they bring cake.  Custom decorated cakes.  Sometimes 2 or 3, depending how large the cast is!

The Andersons are the ultimate supporters of the performing arts in Kansas City, our very own Medci.  I cannot imagine a better couple to point out the successes of the KC theatre scene that resonated with the audience.  Terry spends hours researching each and every script that is produced in Kansas City in order to customize each cake.  And they see everything.  On opening night (or close) the Andersons arrive, cake in tow, sitting in the front row, supporting and feeding every theatre artist in Kansas City.  Their commitment to Kansas City theatre is unparalleled.

This is my attempt to honor their commitment to supporting KC arts.  And my attempt to honor the continually strong work the local theatre artists are constantly producing.

So without further ado:

The Anderson Theatre Awards for May 2016

Best play: a tie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (MET) and The Graduate (BARN Playhouse)
Best musical: The Life and Times of The Three Little Pigs, (TYA)
Best actor:  Jake Leet, The Graduate (BARN Playhouse)
Best actress: Ellen Kirk, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (MET)
Best cake:  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (MET)
Congratulations to The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Barn Players, Theatre for Young America, Ellen Kirk, and Jake Leet!
See you all next month!
As always go out and see a show!  Check out the live performance calendar.

KC Parent named Theatre for Young America’s current production of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie starring Noelia Rothery and Coleman Crenshaw one of it’s Top Picks for October.

Excerpts from Kristina Light’s review below:

Laura Joffe Numeroff’s “If you…” popular Children’s Series keeps kids laughing. Fans of the series will love “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie” at Theatre for Young America.


If you take a child to a “good” children’s show it will hold their attention without fidgets and wiggles. If you take a child to a “great” chidlren’s show it will set the entire audience into roars of laughter and leave the children talking about the performance all day long…. and then they’ll want to tell daddy all about it… and then they’ll want to tell grandma… and then they’ll want to tell their aunts… and then they’ll wake up the next morning wanting to see the show again…. and that is just what happened at my house after attending opening day of Theatre for Young America’s “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”


The show is full of good old-fashioned physical humor and slapstick. The creativity of the cast played out well and with each stunt the mouse pulled, the children roared with laughter.


If you’re looking for fun entertainment for little ones this fall, consider an outing to TYA’s “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”  We recommend this show for early elementary and preschool children.

For the full review at KC Parent click here.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie runs through November 12th at the H&R Block City Stage on Level B of Union Station.  Showtimes vary, but 10am Tuesdays-Fridays and 1pm on Saturdays will always get you there for a show.  For tickets and showtimes visit Union Station Ticketing.