No people like show people — The Monocle

The Mon­o­cle

Hi, Kyle here. Today’s introduction will be done by me.

Why? Because it would be my plea­sure to acquaint you with my col­leagues and Kansas CIty’s new per­form­ing arts group, The Mon­o­cle. Their debut pro­duc­tion, The Orphans Feast, will have four shows this com­ing week­end, Nov 30 — Dec 2, and Chris and I will be in the audi­ence of at least one, if not more.

And while this named col­lab­o­ra­tion may be brand new, the folks involved are any­thing but — they’re all sea­soned and accom­plished mem­bers of the Kansas City artis­tic com­mu­ni­ty, and I’ve had the good for­tune to work with all of them at some point.

Since this blog series is about buying personal, I’m happy for you to meet the persons involved:

 

  • Chris­t­ian Han­kel, per­former, writer, pro­duc­er, friend. We start­ed per­form­ing togeth­er 24 years ago, and we still are today in Alacar­toona. His cre­ative ener­gy knows no bounds and he is often the dri­ving force behind cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tions.
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  • Katie Gilchrist, actress and singer extra­or­di­naire, who can be seen per­form­ing in a bar, on the stage of the KC Reper­to­ry The­ater, and any­where in between. (She can also be found liv­ing in our house while we are away on extend­ed trips — don’t wor­ry she has our per­mis­sion.)
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  • Shay Estes, an amaz­ing­ly tal­ent­ed singer, who can slip effort­less­ly between jazz stan­dards, Radio­head and Por­tuguese Fado. Chris just spent an ener­giz­ing 8 weeks strate­giz­ing with her on her Fado Nova­to project.
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  • Nathan Granner, artis­tic dynamo, one of Chris’ fel­low facil­i­ta­tors in Artist, Inc., oper­at­ic tenor, world­wide per­former and Sony record­ing artist. You always know when Nathan is in the room and his ener­gy is infec­tious! (More from Nathan lat­er in the series)

Sometimes the best present for someone isn’t an object, but an experience.

Now while an orig­i­nal live pro­duc­tion may not be the most tra­di­tion­al of stock­ing stuffers, I think it def­i­nite­ly makes a great gift.  And what bet­ter way to get in the hol­i­day spir­it than a show about Christ­mas and zom­bies? So get tick­ets for those you love, or even just sup­port their cause, and replace the giv­ing of fruit­cake (that hard­ly any­one but my sis­ter wants) with some nuts in the the­ater. See you there!

For those of you not in Kansas City this week­end, how about find­ing a per­form­ing group in your area and intro­duc­ing your­self. After all, there are no peo­ple like show peo­ple!

 

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