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Music Theatre Kansas City makes pro debut

Music Theatre Kansas City is “going pro.”MTKC’s inaugural professional venture is the “The Last Five Years,” a musical story of two young New Yorkers who fall in and out of love, all in five years. The show opened Thursday at Union Station City Stage and continues until June 4.

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Olathe cellist, 13, prepares for Carnegie Hall

Ethan Ching, a seventh-grade cellist at Olathe’s California Trail Middle School, is headed to the iconic performance hall to perform June 25 after being selected for the 2016 Middle School Honors Performance Series Orchestra. Out of thousands of applicants, Ethan was one of 400 middle and high school students chosen from the United States and Canada. He is only one of three students selected from the state of Kansas and the only one from Johnson County.

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I haven’t put a photo in an album since 2007. Let that sink in.

Springtime gatherings always remind me how I totally blew it as my family’s photo archivist. With graduation parties and other milestone celebrations popping up like dandelions, I’m facing the beast almost daily. My eyes fall upon impeccable, thorough, chronological picture displays. They’re theme-infused art installations, always monstrously lovely. The orderly shots of others’ lives tell such sweet stories, yet leave me in a dark room of guilt.

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A glimpse of what Meadowbrook park, development will have to offer

When it is finished, the approximately 130 acres of the former Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club in Prairie Village — bounded by 91st and 95th Streets and Roe and Nall avenues — will be transformed into single and multi-family dwellings, senior living and an inn with 5,000 square feet of retail, plus a park that will be the largest in northeast Johnson County.

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Budget uncertainty still looms for schools

Shawnee Mission is anxious about what next fall brings as school officials await a decision by the Kansas Supreme Court on whether the state’s system for funding public education is fair to poor school districts. “We’re six weeks away from a new budget year and there’s a tremendous amount of uncertainty of what might happen with our budget,” worries Shawnee Mission district Superintendent Jim Hinson.

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A childhood devoid of school lunches and VBS

My son’s two claims to fame are 1) he had a childhood devoid of Vacation Bible School and 2) he never bought food in the school cafeteria. By the time my daughter started kindergarten, lunches had become a parenting statement. God forbid if you packed a Smuckers Uncrustable; if you ever resorted to a Lunchable, be prepared for a home visit from CPS.

 

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At 80, Shirley Marley is still dancing — and turning out stars

At 80, Shirley Marley is still dancing — and turning out stars (Video by Shane Keyser | skeyser@kcstar.com).
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