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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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!