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UCM Theatre and Dance Hosts Guest Artist for Production of "The GAP Project"

By Mike Greife, February 5, 2018

WARRENSBURG, MO – The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri will host the opening of “The GAP Project,” a cabaret performance of music by Gershwin and Porter, commissioned from and directed by Kip Niven, the Meridith Harmon Sauer Guest Artist for the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“The GAP Project” runs Feb. 8-10 in the Nickerson Black Box Theatre. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m., with doors open at 7 p.m. All tickets are $5 general admission. Children under the age of 5 are not admitted to mainstage and studio productions

In November 2017, Niven, a former Broadway and Hollywood actor and a current mainstay in Kansas City theatre, came to UCM to teach a master class in musical theatre acting. During his three-day residency he taught UCM Theatre and Dance students his David Craig technique and used the master class as an audition for the Gershwin and Porter (GAP) project.

Brant Challacombe, from The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, serves as musical director and accompanist for the cabaret. The cast of 12 includes six women, Jessica Arnold, Emily Coffin, Alexandria Poindexter, Jacquelyn Price, Danielle Sachse and Maya Strickland, and six men, Connor Bosworth, Omari Collins, Tristan Jordan, Zachary Kujath, Grant Lesher and Adam Segura. The cabaret is stage managed by Nehemiah Campbell and is technically directed and lighting designed by Cody Nelson.

Each member of the cast will sing either a ballad or an up-tempo piece, as well as a duet. Gershwin and Porter provide a number of internationally well-known songs which will be featured in the cabaret. Some of those include “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “They All Laughed,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” “Embraceable You,”  “You’re The Top,” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”

“The GAP Project” promises to be a walk down memory lane and a celebration of two of America’s greatest composers.


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