June 6 - 23

The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess 

George Gershwin's final work for the musical stage is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of the American Theater.

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Grand Theater

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George Gershwin’s final work for the musical stage is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of the American Theater. Known worldwide as an “American Folk Opera,” this Tony Award-winning adaptation premiered on Broadway in 2011 with additional scenes and updated musical arrangements. MTH’s production marks one of the first regional presentations of this Broadway adaptation.

Creative Team

music by
GEORGE GERSHWIN

lyrics by
DE BOSE HEYWARD, DOROTHY HEYWARD, IRA GERSHWIN

adapted by
SUZAN-LORI PARKS & DIEDRE MURRAY

directed by
RODNEY LLOYD SCOTT

choreography by
MARC WAYNE

 

 

music director
DESMOND MASON

scenic designer
JACK MAGAW

costume designer
LA TOYA ROZOF

lighting designer
SELENA GONZALEZ-LOPEZ

sound designer
JON ROBERTSON

stage manager
LACEY WILLIS

Performers

Aggie Williams

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Aggie is so excited to be a part of this show! She has worked with MTH a couple times and, is thrilled to be back! You may have also seen Aggie in RENT at OCTA as Joanne, Gleequel at The Arts Asylum as Mercedes, and Ragtime at The barn as Sarah’s Friend! Aggie would like to thank Her Mother, Sister, and Girlfriend for being such a great support in her life and she couldn’t be happier to have a crew like them. Enjoy the show!

Allison Jones

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ALLISON JONES – MTH CREDITS: My Fair Lady; Ragtime. SELECT REGIONAL CREDITS: Fun Home, School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play, A Christmas Carol; Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Once On This Island; Spinning Tree Theatre. Godspell; Starlight. The Play That Goes Wrong; New Theatre & Restaurant. ASSOCIATE DIRECTING: The Royal, Directed by Steph Paul, Kansas City Repertory Theatre. BROWN UNIVERSITY/TRINITY REP: Allison is a rising third-year MFA Acting student in the Brown/Trinity Rep program. Credits include: Claudius, The Taming of Hamlet; Darcy, One Flea Spare; Weezy, Alabaster; Cold War Choir Practice by Ro Reddick (MFA Playwright ‘24). AEA Member.

Brian Vaughn

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Brian Vaughn is an educator and musician from Kansas City, MO making a return to the world of performing musical theater after an absence spent educating K-5 music in Columbia, MO and Lee’s Summit, MO. A celebrated trombonist, Brian has performed with Collegiate Shag Brass Band, Columbia Jazz Orchestra, Lee’s Summit Jazz Orchestra, The Missouri Symphony, Mid America Freedom Band, and various churches and pit orchestras in the Missouri area. Brian was the Interim Education Director for MTH’s youth summer camps in 2023. Brian would like to thank Emily Shackelford for getting him back onstage, his family for their support, and his best friend Chip for demanding he get back to this.

Catera Combs-Daniels

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Catera Combs – Sister Act, Dreamgirls (Arrow Rock Lyceum) Gypsy, Spectacular Christmas Show (MTH), Rise Up, Charlie Brown Christmas (Coterie Theatre), Boeing Boeing, The World Goes ‘Round (Okoboji Summer Theatre). Represented by Moxie Talent Agency.

Douglass Walker

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Douglass Walker is a native of Kansas City, MO and has been singing since the age of 10. He started singing in church and his love for singing grew from there and transitioned to the stage. He is excited to be apart of the cast of Porgy and Bess. Performance credits include: Ruby Room Series- Let’s Get It On; KC Melting Pot Theatre: The Amen Corner; The Coterie Theatre: Alice’s Wonderland; Musical Theater Heritage: The Christmas Spectacular, Ruby Room Series-For The Culture, STEVIE, In The Heights; Spinning Tree Theatre: Caroline or Change, Billy Elliot, Once On This Island; The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City: 5 Guys Named Moe, A Soldier’s Play, Memphis (2018), OTHELLO: A Hip-Hop Remix; The Black Repertory Theatre & The White Theatre at the J; Memphis (2022). Douglass would like to thank his family for their support. A special thanks goes to his beautiful and loving wife Melonnie Walker.

Kiarri Andrews

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Kiarri Andrews is beyond thrilled to return to MTH and KC! Off-Bway: Naked Boys Singing. Regional: Ragtime (MTH), Rent (Glow Lyric, SC), Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Buddy (Circa 21, IL), among others. All the love to the MTH team, my Besties, my Bessarah ASJ, and my husband. IG: @kiarridashell

LaTeesha Jackson

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Lucas Lowry

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LUCAS LOWRY (MINGO/ENSEMBLE) is thrilled to be returning to the MTH stage! Recent Credits include: Stranger Sings! KC Premiere (Padgett Productions), Awesome Allie (Theatre in the Park), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (MTKC Pro), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (The Coterie), DreamGirls (New Theatre & Restaurant), Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (The Coterie), A Charlie Brown Christmas (The Coterie), Man of La Mancha (Music Theatre Heritage), Freaky Friday (New Theatre & Restaurant), Pete the Cat (The Coterie), and The Wiz (Roxy’s Downtown). Treat people with kindness. “No Pare Sigue Sigue!” Represented by Moxie Talent Agency. (Corinthians 13:4-8) IG: lucas_styles_lowry

Marc Wayne

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Matthew Harris

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MATTHEW HARRIS – Sam Waymon, AMD (Nina Simone: Four Women) Tiny Joe, Frank/Wayne (Dreamgirls), Collins u/s, Mr. Jefferson/Grey, Ensemble Soloist (RENT), Wino, Audrey II [Voice], Keyboard II (Little Shop of Horrors), Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd), Soloist (HAIR the Musical: Then and Now), “Flash-Mob” Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Bass Soloist (Messiah), Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief), Inspector Kildare (Elizabeth Cree), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Achilla (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Le Fauteuil, L’Arbre (L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges), David (A Hand of Bridge), MD, Pianist (The Craft: The Unauthorized Musical Parody)(After Midnight), Guitarist (9 to 5)

Robert McNichols

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Robert is very excited to be returning to MTH performing the role of Crown. His recent engagements include the world premiere of A Celebration Mass by Sharon J. Willis with the College of Charleston, and the world premiere of Bumpy Johnson: Harlem by Dwayne Fulton with Trilogy Opera. In the summer of 2023 Robert was awarded the ‘Pick of the Fringe’ by the Beford Fringe Festival for his production of the one-man musical play Paul Robeson by Philip Hayes Dean. After returning to the states, he was hosted for a solo faculty recital at Morehouse College.

Shane St. James

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Shane St. James (Rollins/Ensemble):
MTH: GYPSY; IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: RADIO.
Other Regional: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING…(MTKC Pro), ROCKY (MTKC Pro), OLIVER! (MET), JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG (MET);
Select Local Credits: RAGTIME: CONCERT (The Barn Players); SHE LOVES ME (A Place for Us Productions), FOOTLOOSE (Shawnee TIP-Outdoor), BRIGHT STAR (Summit Theatre Group), KINKY BOOTS (The White Theatre), THE ADDAMS FAMILY (The White Theatre), SWEENEY TODD (Summit Theatre Group), DISNEY DESCENDANTS (Shawnee TIP-Outdoor), THE FULL MONTY (Shawnee TIP-Indoor), DISNEY’S NEWSIES (Gladstone TIP). Special thanks to his “Shaneiac’s” for their continuous support. Represented by Moxie Talent Agency. @stshanejames

Sheriece Veazey-McNally

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Sheriece Veazey-McNally – Sheriece is thrilled to be back at MTH! She has appeared in The Secret Garden (MTH), Albert Herring and Dido and Aeneas (UMKC Conservatory), Candide and Suor Angelica (Varna International Music Academy), Trial by Jury (Landlocked Opera), Big River (MTKC/BRTKC), Les Huguenots (Amici Opera Company), Carmina Burana and La chanson d’Ève (Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts), and A God*Sib’s Tale (BRTKC). She is a development manager at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and a teaching assistant at UMKC Conservatory Academy.

Musicians

Desmond Mason

Piano

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Nsikoh

Bass

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Originally from Cameroon in Central Africa, Nsikoh (See-Ko) came to the U.S in 2014
with the dream of becoming one of the most prolific Bass players in the World. He started his journey at KCKCC under the mentorship of Jim Mair, who introduced him to the world of Jazz and to the music scene in KC. Later on while pursuing his associates degree in general studies, he started playing full time in the city at some of the most famous clubs “the Green Lady Lounge, The Black Dolphin, the Phoenix, Johnnie’s, The Blue Room, etc..“ with influential musicians and bands in the city such as Tim Withmer, Lonnie McFadden, Desmond Mason, Hot club KC, Son of Venezuela, The Ernesto J Band and many more… From those experiences his dreams have become bigger and are pushing him to pursue higher goals (entrepreneurship and public speaking) to inspire and teach people how to live a life of purpose.

Zak Pischnotte

Reeds

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Lawrence Jackson

Trumpet

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Tod Barnard

Drums

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