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From local shows to Broadway stages: These Kansas City talents are living their theatre dreams

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A crowd of people arranges chairs and blankets on the ground in front of an outdoor stage. The stage is set with colorful props.
Savannah Hawley
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KCUR 89.3
The heat doesn't stop audience members from filling up Theatre in the Park night after night.

After participating in local theatre and dance groups, these Kansas City natives now perform on Broadway and in national tours.

The Kansas City area has strong representation in theatre. Many kids who participated in local dance studios and community theatre, like Theatre in the Park, now perform on Broadway stages and in national tours. Performers Lily Kaufmann and Eric Huffman from the Mean Girls national tour and Kaitlin Mesh from Moulin Rouge! The Musical on Broadway join Steve Kraske. They talk their theatre upbringings and current careers.

  • Lily Kaufmann, Mean Girls national tour
  • Eric Huffman, Mean Girls national tour
  • Kaitlin Mesh, Moulin Rouge! The Musical on Broadway
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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Hannah Cole is an intern with KCUR's Up To Date.