Summit Theatre Group will perform “The Triangle Factory Fire Project” later this month at the MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center, 500 S.W. Longview Road in Lee’s Summit.
The play is based on actual events that occurred in New York City more than a century ago. It uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archives to construct a gripping tale about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911, which killed 146 workers in the Greenwich Village neighborhood.
“The Triangle Factory Fire Project” also examines the trial of the business owners’ trial and shocking acquittal, which led to a slew of new labor laws and helped spur unionization efforts.
The cast includes: Kenneth Schwartze, Jaggard Lee Williams, and Jonah Beard, of Lee’s Summit; Eli Biesemeyer, and Kelly Crosby, of Blue Springs; Brittany Hill, of Peculiar; Emily Jennings, Elaine Christensen, and Casye Davidson, of Kansas City, Mo.; Lindsay Lovejoy, and Jeannine Blau, of Overland Park.; Kristi Hibschman, of Prairie Village; Marshall Rimann, of Lenexa; and Ted Collins, of Olathe.
“The Triangle Fire Factory Project” runs March 16-17, 23-25. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., except the March 25 matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults ($12 for students and seniors) and available at either Lee’s Summit HyVee location (East and West).
For more information, contact STG President Ben Martin at 816-522-8387.
City announces new cultural arts manager
Lee’s Summit announced this week that Glenda Masters had joined the city staff as cultural arts manager. In that role, she will be responsible for managing, developing and coordinating public cultural arts programs and provide administrative support to the Lee’s Summit Arts Council.
Masters previously served as development manager for the Parker (Colo.) Cultural Department, coordinating efforts for and raising money for Parker’s first major public art installation. She has more than 13 years experience working for nonprofit or municipal entities in supporting arts education and outreach.
While in Parker, Masters also managed the Opera Colorado annual fund, worked for the city of Lakewood, Colo., and performed with the Lone Tree (Colo.) Symphony Orchestra. She has a bachelor’s degree in in music with a concentration in music industry and violin from James Madison University and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis Jesuit University.
“I am honored to join the city of Lee’s Summit as cultural arts manager,” Masters said in a statement. “Investing in the arts by creating a new programmatic area is a monumental occasion for the city. I look forward to working with the Lee’s Summit Arts Council, residents, artists and arts organizations to enhance the city’s cultural and economic vibrancy.”
Masters is relocating from Highlands Ranch, Colo., with her husband and son to be closer to extended family.
LS Symphony picks Young Artist co-winners
Lee’s Summit sophomore violinist Max Myers and Lee’s Summit North junior violist Eryn Throneberry have been chosen as the Lee’s Summit Symphony’s 2018 Young Artist co-winners. Both are students of Maria Maxwell and Heartland Music studios.
Myers began playing violin at age 5 and was described by judges as a “talented and passionate virtuoso.” He plays in the Lee’s Summit High School Orchestra.
Throneberry began playing viola at age 9 and, for the past three years, has served as principal violist of the Youth Symphony Philharmonic of Kansas City, the LSNHS Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City All-District String Orchestra. She also dives for the Broncos’ swimming and driving team.
Myers and Throneberry will perform Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, Andante Movement” on March 10 during the Lee’s Summit Symphony’s concert, “Watercolor Reflections: Wonders of Nature” at 7 p.m. in Lee’s Summit High’s Performing Arts Center.
A pre-concert discussion with Dr. Carrie Turner, which begins at 6 p.m., will enhance concertgoers’ enjoyment of the music selections.
Tickets are available at both Hy-Vee stores, Cosentino’s Price Choppers, and at www.lssymphony.org.
Compiled by Suburbans Editor Tod Palmer, email@example.com