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Side Show, a 1997 musical by Bill Russell and Henry Krieger, has been on director Jay Berkow's dream list of shows he's like to to direct. Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became performers on the vaudeville circuit, Side Show is a musical about acceptance, love, and embracing one's uniqueness. 


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Did you know that the classic movie A Christmas Story had been turned into a Tony-nominated musical? According to artistic director Todd Espeland, who helms the Kalamazoo Civic production opening on Friday, all your favorite things from the movie are still there - Ralphie's obsession with getting a BB gun for Christmas, facing scary mall Santa, father winning the leg lamp -  but they've been heightened. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Espeland, along with 13-year old Liam Fagan (Ralphie), Sharon Bradford (Mother) and Tim Kilmarten (The Old Man), discuss their roles and how the large cast has brought the show together in a six-week rehearsal process.


Director Michael P. Martin, music director Hal Hobson, and cast members Joseph Sablan (Frederic), Donna Willoughby (Mabel) and Karen Trout (Ruth) join Cara Lieurance in a discussion about the Gilbert and Sullivan comedy-operetta The Pirates Of Penzance.


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Ben Zylman loves the ground-breaking Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma! for its message of optimism, its blending of drama and entertainment, and its peerless music. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, he and actors Josh Denks (Curley) and Brittin Schumaker (Laurey) talk about the musical from their perspectives as both performers and fans.


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Last month, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo announced that it had selected a new executive director. And it was a familiar face for many in the Kalamazoo arts scene – Kalamazoo Civic Theatre executive director Kristen Chesak. The Arts Council plays a major role in the city, from organizing every month’s Art Hop to providing grants to local institutions and artists. And as the council prepares for a new shift in leadership, it's also preparing for major new challenges such as a growing Art Hop and decreased arts coverage in Kalamazoo. 


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