Theatre in the Park Announces 2017 season including show at new arts & heritage center

The Theatre in the Park’s (TTIP) 48th season will feature three premieres and three modern era American musical theatre classics. “Grease” is the word, as TTIP will open the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center (AHC) with the Broadway and hit movie musical, GREASE, in the Spring 2017. Monty Python’s hilarious SPAMALOT will be the first production on TTIP’s outdoor stage located in Shawnee Mission Park. The summer fun continues with the Gershwin-tune musical CRAZY FOR YOU, Disney’s CAMP ROCK, THE MUSICAL and BACK TO THE 80s, a nostalgic romp through the songs of that decade. The summer season will close with the enchanted world of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a co-production that will play under the stars at TTIP and on stage at the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center. “I’m very excited that we are producing three shows this coming season that have never been on our stage before,” said Tim Bair, TTIP’s Producing Artistic Director. “While both are not terribly well known shows, they both provide opportunities for young performers to really showcase their talents, and do shows that are not often produced. I’m hopeful that we will get the best-of-the-best performing on our stage next season, and our audiences leaving the theatre having seen the best theatre in our city! Perhaps, even more exciting… in addition to our traditional summer season, we get to open the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center with GREASE, one of the most popular musical theatre pieces in the world!”

TTIP Production dates and directors for the 2017 Season are: •GREASE (Dates-TBA; directed by Tim Bair) •Monty Python’s SPAMALOT (June 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10; directed by Barb Nichols) •CRAZY FOR YOU (June 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24; directed by Kevin Bogan) •Disney’s CAMP ROCK (June 30, July 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8; directed by Mark Swezey) •BACK TO THE 80s (July 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22; directed by Guy Gardner)
•Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (TTIP dates: July 28, 29 & 30, Aug. 2, 3, 4 & 5; White Theatre dates: July 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22 at 7:30 p.m. July 9, 16 & 23 at 2 p.m.; Directed by Steven Eubank)

Show time for the five outdoor 2017 TTIP productions is 8:30 p.m.; the box office opens at 6 p.m. and the gates to the seating bowl open at 6:30 p.m. Auditions for TTIP will take place March 4 and 5 at a location to be announced after the first of the year. Once again, those auditioning will be able to select their time slot in advance. Audition information will be available at www.theatreinthepark.org after the first of the year. With the production of GREASE, TTIP begins a new era of indoor musical entertainment at the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, anticipated to open in late spring 2017. “We are all thrilled about the new Arts & Heritage Center and the opportunities it provides,” Bair said. “As we move into 2017, now TTIP will be able to present shows INSIDE! No more bugs! We’re also looking forward to sharing the space with other organizations, as the facility will be available to rent, as well. We’re very hopeful that the AHC will become a one-stop hub for all things performing arts in Overland Park!” MOVIES IN THE PARK will return to TTIP’s outdoor amphitheater for only one buck! Titles will be announced in the spring. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with movies starting at 8:30-8:45 p.m., depending on sunset. TTIP ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for youth and children three and under may attend for free (but require a ticket for entrance). Tickets may be purchased online at www.theatreinthepark.org beginning early 2017 or at the theatre box office the nights of performance. The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park at 7710 Renner Road, in Shawnee, KS, and is a program of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. TTIP is the largest outdoor community theater in the country, and has been providing quality theatre entertainment in the community for more than four decades. For more information about 2017 TTIP productions, please visit http://www.theatreinthepark.org.

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