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Review for The Theatre In The Park, Merriam, KS, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been personally involved with The Theatre in the Park since 1996. Prior to that I was an attendee as an audience member for many years. All the members of my family have been involved with TTIP, participating as cast members, orchestra members, and rehearsal accompanist. We have all been previously nominated for a Demmi award, signifying best performance in a particular category, and several years ago my wife was awarded the Founders Award for her long time service to TTIP. Having a venue like TTIP, which is the largest outdoor community theatre in the country, seating approximately 4,500 people has allowed us to realize, first hand, our love of musical theatre! I have been a cast member in 11 TTIP shows, and my family combined has been in over 50! At present, I serve on the Advisory Council at TTIP, and will serve as it's Chair in 2012.

Every year, between 700-800 people audition for the 4 shows being presented. From that total, approximately 250 will be cast. The theatre's reputation is well known throughout the entire Kansas City metropolitan area, and performers, musicians, directors, and back stage people come from all over the area, just to be a part of it! In addition to the 4 musicals presented, performances by various dance showcases, in addition to the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, to mention a few, are also on the schedule. Furthermore, our new pavilion allows for other group functions, such as wedding receptions, Rotary events, or private parties, either separately or in conjunction with one of the performances. The mission & goal of TTIP is to be a theatre for the entire community, involving different types of family entertainment, with an appeal for everyone.

The success of TTIP is dependent upon the many volunteers that make things work. In addition to our Advisory Council, there is a Friends Committee that not only helps behind the scenes and at auditions, but also on the nights of every performance. In a number of cases, these are also performers wanting to be additionally involved. The ambience of the grassy amphitheatre, the quality productions presented, and the family atmosphere make The Theatre in the Park part of thousands of people's summer experience, which is why they continue to return year after year.

As more people become exposed to all TTIP has to offer, it's reputation and importance to the community will do nothing but get stronger. I intend to continue being a part of that growth and success!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my experiences as a performer, and on the Advisory Council.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find new ways to tell the Theatre in the Park story to more people, pointing out all it's wonderful attributes.

Role:  Board Member & I have volunteered in various capacities since 1996.