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Theatre in the Park expands to include films

Special to The Star

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2013 season Screen June 11: “Mary Poppins” June 25: “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” July 9: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” July 23: “The Lion King” Aug. 6: “Singin’ in the Rain” Aug. 17: “Jurassic Park” Aug. 24: “Lord of the Rings” (triple feature) Aug. 31: “Goldfinger” and “The Spy Who Loved Me,” James Bond double feature Stage June 7-9 and 13-15: “Children of Eden” June 21-23 and 27-29: “9 to 5 The Musical” July 5-7 and 11-13: “Peter Pan” July 19-21 and 25-27: “Damn Yankees” July 13-28: “Hairspray” (at the Jewish Community Center) Aug. 2-10: “Hairspray” (at The Theatre in the Park)

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Movies under the stars are coming to The Theatre in the Park this summer.

The venue in Shawnee Mission Park will show older films this summer, with tickets priced at $1.

“It’s another way for people to enjoy The Theatre in the Park,” said Tim Bair, producing artistic director. “We’re having sit-ins instead of drive-ins and we think they’ll be as much fun as when you piled everyone in the car and took off for a movie.”

“Besides providing another entertainment venue we hope it will introduce people to our beautiful theater facility in Shawnee Mission Park and encourage them to attend a stage production if they haven’t before,” he said.

The movies will be shown on Tuesdays during June and July and on the first Tuesday and three Saturdays in August. Patrons can buy food there or come in with their own.

“Just bring your popcorn and pop or a picnic basket with your blankets and chairs and enjoy a movie outdoors under the stars,” Bair said.

SureWest and Capitol Federal are partnering with The Theatre to sponsor the movies.

The heart of the The Theatre in the Park’s 2013 season will still be on the stage, though, not a screen.

The season opens June 7 with “Children of Eden,” the story of Genesis that examines conflicts between parents and children. It will be directed by Kevin Bogan, director of traditional/blended worship arts at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

The facility is making some changes this year.

A sound system that was installed this month is meant to make it easier to hear music and dialogue more clearly.

Under a new rainout policy, tickets that were used for a show that is stopped because of weather will be good for any other show during the season.

The box office will open and 6:15 p.m., followed by gates 15 minutes later, on show nights. Curtain time for all stage production and movies is 8:30 p.m.

This season each stage productions run Friday through Sunday the first week and Thursday through Saturday the following week. There is a 20 percent discount on general admission tickets for Thursday shows.

Reserved seats are for $20. Reserved parking is $5 each night or $25 for the season. Other parking is free, and other ticket prices remain the same this year: $8 for adults, $6 for youths and free for anyone under three.

For information or reservations call 913-236-1237 or go to www.thetheatreinthepark.org.

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