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Performing Arts

The 153-seat Taylor Theater is actually a converted carriage house, or more accurately, the stable which housed the carriage horses, and its original, rough-hewn beams and ceiling add a unique flavor to the experience. The Theater is located directly behind the Kenan House at 433 Locust Street. Regular and wheelchair access is from the north side of building. Ample parking is located behind the theater. The Theater and adjacent Meeting Room are both available for rental.

PERFORMANCES IN THE TAYLOR THEATER

MONTHLY: Defiant Monkey Improv
Improv Jams & Masters of Improv Shows

Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group featuring Karen Eichler and Andrew Spragge that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation, like you see on the TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The team hosts a monthly “jam” where participants take part and a show where they take suggestions from the audience and then create one-of-a-kind theatre experience. Both events take place in the Taylor Theater. There is a $5 cost to participate in jams; $10 admission for shows. See the Calendar for upcoming dates. Click here to visit their website.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATER

“Cinderella,” October 21

MCT returns for a 15th season to present their own musical version of “Cinderella.” In this twist on the popular fairy tale, a pumpkin coach, Prince Charming, a glass slipper, and a dream come true are woven together by the magic of a Fairy Godmother. When Cinderella’s stepsisters try to keep Cinderella from attending the ball, the Fairy Godmother enlists the help of the Mice and Pumpkins and is able to transform Cinderella just in time for the big event. Also featured are Cleo the Cat, Fido the Dog, the Lords and Ladies, the Town Criers, the King, and the Beggars.

Group audition will take place Monday, October 16, starting at 4 PM in the Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater Meeting Room. The minimum grade level for participation is Kindergarten. Children up to age 17 are welcome to audition. Roles are assigned immediately following the audition; some lead roles begin rehearsals the same night. Performances take place Saturday, October 21 at 3 & 7 p.m. at the Historic Place Theatre. All seats are $7; children 2 and under are free.

KENAN CENTER 50TH ANNIVERSARY JAZZ SERIES

Presented by Carriage House Players and Kenan Center

A Tribute to Harold Arlen with The Buffalo Jazztet,
November 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Kenan Center, in partnership with The Carriage House Players, will present The Buffalo Jazztet in “A Tribute to Harold Arlen” at the Taylor Theater on Saturday, November 4, 2017. This is the third concert in the Kenan Center’s 50th Anniversary Jazz Series featuring some top names in jazz – both locally and nationally. The show begins at 7:30 PM in the Taylor Theater, a 153-seat converted carriage house on the Center’s campus, providing an intimate, club-like atmosphere The concert will feature two full sets of music. Refreshments will be available.

The Buffalo Jazztet, led by trumpeter Mark Filsinger, features Bobby Militello on alto saxophone, John Hasselback on trombone, pianist George Caldwell, bassist Jim Colemon, and John Bacon on drums. This marks the second concert appearance at the Taylor Theater for Filsinger, Militello and Bacon. Filsinger played in last December’s popular “Tidings of Comfort & Jazz” concerts and Militello and Bacon performed in June’s sold-out “Bobby Plays Brubeck and More.”

Composer Harold Arlen (1905 – 1986), born Hyman Arluck, was born and raised in Buffalo. He is well known for having written the music to The Wizard of Oz, but he also composed some of the most iconic jazz standards in the American Songbook. Some of his most familiar hits include “Stormy Weather,” “The Man That Got Away,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “One for My Baby,” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Arlen collaborated with some of the great lyricists of all time, including Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg and even author Truman Capote.

Tickets are $15 for Kenan Center members and $20 for the general public, and may be purchased online at Ticketleap, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by calling 433-2617. Ample free parking is available onsite. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.

Tidings of Comfort & Jazz with The Buffalo Jazztet,
December 2, 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the final concert in this year’s 50th Anniversary Jazz Concert Series presented by the Kenan Center in collaboration with The Carriage House Players. The concert will feature popular holiday classics arranged and performed by The Buffalo Jazztet.

The Buffalo Jazztet, led by trumpeter Mark Filsinger, features Bobby Militello on alto saxophone, John Hasselback on trombone, pianist George Caldwell, bassist Jim Colemon, and John Bacon on drums. This marks the second concert appearance at the Taylor Theater for Filsinger, Militello and Bacon. Filsinger played in last December’s popular “Tidings of Comfort & Jazz” concerts and Militello and Bacon performed in June’s sold-out “Bobby Plays Brubeck and More.”

Tickets are $15 for Kenan Center members and $20 for the general public, and may be purchased online at Ticketleap, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by calling 433-2617. Ample free parking is available onsite. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.

December 8, 9 & 10 and 15, 16 & 17

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! Adapted from the bestselling Young Adult Book by Barbara Robinson. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. All take place in the Kenan Center Taylor Theater. Tickets are $14/$12 members; for children age 12 and under, $10/$8 members. Directed by Peg Merrill. Presented by The Carriage House Players in partnership with the Kenan Center.

AUDITIONS. September 21, 6:30-8 pm and September 23, 10-11:30 am at the Taylor Theater. Seeking two men, age 35-60 (one younger, one older); five women, ages 35-60; children ages 8-15: 3 males, teen; 2 females, teen; 10 younger children. Those auditioning will read from the script and should provide a bio and headshot. Commitment to all rehearsals and performances is essential. Rehearsals will begin October 2. Evening rehearsals run from 6:30-8 pm; weekend rehearsals from 1-3 pm. A full schedule will be provided at the audition.

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