MTC Executive Director Promises Excitement for Everyone in New Season

John Cameron Mitchell (photo by Matthew Placek)

Since starting at the Midwest Trust Center in September 2022, Executive Director Stacie McDaniel has hit the ground running. “It’s exciting and such an honor to meet our patrons, get to know the community and learn what’s important to them in a performing arts center,” reflected McDaniel. “The Midwest Trust Center has built a solid reputation over its 30+-year-history, and it has been a joy to continue that legacy with our new season, while putting my own spin on the lineup.”

The 2023-2024 Series will feature the endless variety and matchless talent that MTC audiences have come to know and love. McDaniel invites everyone to purchase season packages beginning May 15. “Whether it’s comedy, dance, music or theatre, I think everyone will find something for them in the series this year. I look forward to seeing you at the show!”

Chicago Tap Theatre has Kansas City Ties
Artistic Director of Chicago Tap Theatre, Mark Yonally, is a Kansas City native dedicated to preserving the quintessentially American dance form of tap. Now in their 20th season, the company will perform Unleash the Beats on Oct. 13, celebrating the best in tap dance, from historical pieces like the Shim Sham to the innovative and compelling work for which CTT is known.

Chicago Tap Theatre (photo by William Frederking)

John Cameron Mitchell in Cassette Roulette
Get ready for a world premiere of songs, stories and characters, all chosen by the hand of fate and the “cassette roulette.” Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen, John Cameron Mitchell (Joe vs. Carole, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), one of alt-culture’s boldest creators, joins forces with international cabaret star Amber Martin and special guests on Nov. 10. It’s never the same show twice!

Rock Out to Your Favorite Holiday Hits
Inspired by the Tony Award-nominated hit musical, Million Dollar Quartet Christmas once again brings together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for a musical holiday celebration featuring a nostalgic string of chart-topping favorites. Inspired by the true story of the momentous homecoming in December 1956 of rock ‘n’ roll newcomers and soon-to-be legends, the musicians reflect on Christmases past and contemplate Christmases present and yet-to-come at a moment when no one knew if rock ‘n’ roll was a fad or a revolution. See this heartwarming rock ‘n’ roll musical on Dec. 7.

Follow the Journey of the Underground Railroad with North
On Jan. 25-27, MTC will present North, a powerful new musical about a teenage boy and his mother who escape slavery in the Deep South through the Underground Railroad. North is a moving story that explores the multi-faceted reality of Black life during the antebellum period, and which aims to bring out the full range of experiences of freedom seekers. While acknowledging the realities of slavery, the narrative and original music explore themes of optimism, bravery, playfulness, wonder, suspense and mystery.

Josh Howerton as Mr. Wetherby, Alyssa Holmes as Minnie and Jordan Crawford as Lawrence in North. (photo by John Clayton)

The Broadway Musical Little Women Brings Joy and Nostalgia
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s American classic, Little Women the Musical follows the adventures of the four March sisters — traditional Meg, wild Jo, timid Beth and romantic Amy, and their beloved Marmee at home in Concord, Massachusetts, while their father is away serving in the Civil War. This timeless, captivating story promises an evening filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit. The powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope — the sounds of a young America finding its voice. Featuring the beloved songs “Astonishing,” “Some Things Are Meant to Be” and many more, audiences can see the timeless tale live Feb. 10.

Aquila Theatre presents Fahrenheit 451
In the national tour that stops in Overland Park March 8, Aquila Theatre’s Desiree Sanchez uses Bradbury’s own stage adaptation in a new production of Fahrenheit 451 that deftly articulates just how pressing and prescient this cautionary tale is. Aquila’s productions are “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect,” says The New Yorker, and this production of Fahrenheit 451 will offer audiences the opportunity to examine timeless commentary on the indispensable and fragile nature of history and learning. 

Celebrate Music and Dance from Both Sides of the Border
On May 17, join Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar for ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva America! This exciting program celebrates the music and dance created when Mexican Americans combine elements from both sides of the border. Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar opens with the traditional, then ventures through modern times with Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, whose performance from the 90th Academy Awards featuring Disney tunes concludes this colorful show!

Season packages go on sale Monday, May 15. Tickets for individual shows go on sale Aug. 7.

–The Midwest Trust Center

2023 – 2024 Season

Purchase tickets: jccc.edu/MidwestTrustCenter
MTC Box Office: 913-469-4445
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sept. 9 Opus 76 Quartet Music of Regency
Sept. 15-16 New Dance Partners The Ultimate Collaboration
Sept. 22 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Live in Concert
Oct. 13 Chicago Tap Theatre Unleash the Beats
Oct. 14 Rum Ragged
Oct. 19 Sugar Skull!
Oct. 20 Nobuntu
Nov. 10 Cassette Roulette starring John Cameron Mitchell
Dec. 7 Million Dollar Quartet Christmas
Dec. 6-9 What If Puppets Animal Amigos
Jan. 13 Bach Aria Soloists & Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Women of Note in Words and Song
Jan. 19 Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Jan. 20 Breath & Hammer
Jan. 25-27 North
Jan. 28 WindSync
Feb. 3 Makin’ Cake with Dasha Kelly Hamilton
Feb. 10 Little Women the Musical
Feb. 17 Damn Tall Buildings
Feb. 18 The Peking Acrobats
Feb. 24 Winterlude: Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
March 1 The Doo Wop Project
March 3 The StepCrew
March 8 Aquila Theatre Fahrenheit 451
March 24 Beyond Babel
April 11 Alice, Dreaming of Wonderland
April 11 The Simon & Garfunkel Story
May 2 Les Violons du Roy: Jonathan Cohen, Music Director; Miloš, Guitar
May 5 Opus 76 Quartet with violist Paul Neubauer Mozart and Brahms
May 10 The Concert Truck
May 17 ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva America!

MTC Kids Jam – FREE family events!
Sept. 23 Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards
Dec. 2 Hot Peas ‘N Butter
Jan. 6 Kadesh Flow & Dinosaur O’Dell
March 23 Sugar Free Allstars
May 4 123 Andrés

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