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    #JCOPERAHOUSE #JUNCTIONCITYKS #WICHITAWARDANCER We, as Kansans, have a long history with American Indians. Kansas, meaning “people of the south wind” from a Sioux word, was the original home to several tribes such as the Arapaho, Comanche, Kanza, Kiowa, Osage, Pawnee, and Wichita. Historically, the American Indians were treated horribly, and there is nothing we can do to fix that, but we can empower them and make them feel more seen and accepted today. (3) In an article written by Christina Haswood, she tells us how we can achieve this. “First, it’s important to know the past and honor the sacrifices made for us Native peoples to be here today.” (4) Here is a SUPER brief history of our Native Friends: As early as 1803, President Thomas Jefferson proposed a plan that offered eastern tribes land west of the Mississippi River. This offer was extended to volunteers but proved unsuccessful. (1) In the 1820s, Kansas was permanently set aside as an Indian Territory by the US government and was closed to settlements by whites. Resettlement began to make room for eastern tribes to relocate to Kansas. The Kanza Nation ceded 20 million acres of their territory and was limited to a northeast Kansas reservation, and the Osage Nation was limited to a reservation in southeast Kansas. Although the federal government assured tribes that they would not be moved again, Kansas Territory opened for settlement in 1854 and forced the removal of native peoples. Both Kansas and Nebraska were re-designated as territories and opened to white settlement. Many settlers moved into Kansas Territory after the Civil War, accelerating the movement of Indians off the land. Some eastern and Midwestern tribes signed treaties agreeing to move onto reservations in Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Kansas in exchange for undisputed ownership of the new lands. However, other tribes refused or resisted and were forcibly moved and killed by the U.S. Army. At that point, the vast majority of Kansas Indians, including many of the tribes originally native to the area, were forced to go through a second removal to Oklahoma in the late 19th century, where many still live today. However, four tribes are left in Kansas The Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas in Horton, Kansas Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska in White Cloud, Kansas Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Mayetta, Kansas Sac and Fox Nation in Brown County, Kansas (2) The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 was passed by Congress but left up to the states for enforcement until 1957. Many states prevented Natives from voting. It has been fewer than 100 years since Natives were granted citizenship and became able to exercise their voting rights. Yet, like many other marginalized groups, they are still fighting voter suppression across the U.S. (4) Patty Ferguson-Bohnee tells this story about how hard it was for her grandmother to be able to vote. “I will never forget the Navajo grandmother who spoke only Navajo and could not vote after Arizona passed its voter ID law in 2004. She tried several times to obtain an Arizona ID on her own but was denied because she was born at home in a hogan, and the boarding schools changed her Navajo name to English. She lived in a modest home on the Navajo Reservation without electricity, running water, and a traditional lifestyle taking care of her sheep. She was embarrassed and devastated when she turned away from the polls for not having an ID. Working with her, a team from the Indian Legal Clinic traveled five hours to meet her at multiple agency offices to obtain her delayed birth certificate; we then went to two separate Motor Vehicle Division Offices. The first one did not issue same-day photo IDs, and the other initially denied her request. The office rejected her delayed Navajo birth certificate until I could intervene and demonstrate to them that it was an acceptable document. The system failed to consider her reality as a Navajo woman and failed to value her as a voter. Fortunately, she was persistent in exercising her right to vote, but not all voters are, nor should they have to be.” (5) Things are looking up. On November 24, 2020, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Proclaimed November as National American Indian Heritage Month. “This type of recognition from our leaders makes us feel seen and accepted but shows a lot more work needs to be done.” -Christina Haswood “The efforts of Native American representation and inclusion have improved since I was in the K-12 public school. The future holds more work, but it is bright for Native folks. We are too often forgotten in the data and decision-making tables. A wave of momentum is changing that as more Natives file for office, the youth mobilize their voices for change, and communities celebrate their diversity. Native Americans in Kansas will continue to be resilient and honor the sacrifices of our ancestors.” (4) How can we learn about the past other than by looking things up on Google? Well, this Friday, November 4th, Wichita War Dancer will be in the Opera House at 6 pm. Wichita War Dancer is a Professional Native American performer specializing in education and the preservation of cultural dance. This will be a perfect place and opportunity to learn more about our Native Friends. This is a FREE event thanks to a grant from Humanities Kansas. Come out and celebrate and learn OUR history. Sources:


    #jcoperahouse #hauntedtheaters #Halloween #junctioncityks If you are a theater person or know theater people, you know that they are a superstitious lot. Such as saying "Break a Leg" instead of "Good Luck" (they believe it's bad luck), don't whistle backstage (it used to confuse the stagehands), and NEVER say The Scottish Play. If you need to learn about the Scottish play, you can check out the blog from last week. But there is one superstition that has proven helpful for modern theater. The Ghostlight is a single bulb left on whenever the theater is dark. It's believed that the ghost light is left on in case the resident ghost wants to use the stage. Some say it's to chase away the spirits from the stage. In reality, it's there, so no one takes a tumble off the stage. The theater is pitch black when everything is turned off, and the edge of the stage can go right into the orchestra pit so that it could be perilous. But let's be honest, theater folks would still use the ghost light even if it didn't have a modern explanation. Another superstition is that every theater has a ghost. We attend the theater for all kinds of thrills - suspense, romance, and unexpected plot twists. But theaters themselves, with their long histories of players, staff, and patrons coming and going, are the stuff of legend. It could be because the buildings tend to be old and creaky. Either way, here are some haunted theaters around the world... New York City The Belasco Theatre in New York City is haunted by the one-time owner, David Belasco. Belasco loved theater so much that he spent nearly every waking hour at the theatre, writing, managing, or directing his plays. His apartment was even above the theater! Shortly after he died in 1913, he began to show up around the theater. He is said to be one of the most alive-looking theater ghosts. Actors stepped out on stage and noticed a lone, dark figure sitting on the balcony, watching. The ghost has a voice, too. He has been known to walk right up to actors, shake their hands and tell them they did a fine job at a performance. Veteran actors look forward to seeing Belasco; seeing him is a good omen. If you're interested in The Belasco Theater, check out this 7-minute video. Los Angeles California The Warner (Pacific) Theater is in Los Angeles and is allegedly haunted by Sam Warner of Warner Bros Pictures. Warner died of pneumonia a day before the film he had been working on - the "Jazz Singer" premiered. Warner is said to use the elevator until it stopped working in 1994. He has also been blamed for things going missing, only turning up in different locations hours or days later. Lincoln, Illinois The Lincoln Theater in Illinois has had stories about hauntings since the 1930s. The most famous ghost is named "Red." During the vaudeville days of the theater, Red was a stagehand and was devoted entirely to the theater. So devoted that he never left the theater. He sat down after lunch to nap and never woke up. Over the years, dozens of witnesses have reported strange sounds and footsteps in the otherwise empty theater, and these are sounds that cannot be explained away as simply the theater's acoustics. Paris, France The Paris Opera in France found a mysterious apartment and a male corpse were found. Yep, The Phantom of the Opera is rooted in legend! However, there haven't been any Phantom sightings. Instead, the theater's resident ghost is a woman that committed suicide in the 19th century and is said to roam the streets outside the Opera House in search of the man who jilted her. London, England The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is the most famous haunted theater. The "man in gray" is reported wearing riding boots, a powdered wig, and a tricorn hat. The story goes that the apparition is the spirit whose skeletal remains were found in a walled-up passageway in the late 19th century. If you want to know more about Drury Lane, watch this video... Junction City, Kansas The C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City, Kansas, has a resident ghost that lives in the bell tower. The staff calls her "Isabella." When Junction City Little Theater was housed in the building on 18th street, there was a rumor that Bettina Coover (one of the founders) haunted the building. When JCLT moved to the Opera House, Bettina followed. Whether that be true or not, strange things happened, such as money being taken and then found days later in the same place it was left. People have reported feeling the temperature drastically drop when they go down in the basement and have felt the presence of a spirit. It has been said that you can see spirits in the rehearsal hall windows toward the last few days in October. Sources:


    #jcoperahouse #junctioncityks #thescottishplay #thecursedplay #macbeth #Shakespeare Did you know that there is a play that is considered cursed? Ever heard of the Scottish play or The Bard’s Play? That’s right, I’m talking about William Shakespeare’s MACBETH. If you have spent any time around the theater or theater people, they won’t utter the word, especially near a theater. Most actors won’t say the name at any point. Like in Harry Potter…He who must not be named. But why? What makes MACBETH cursed? Well, I’ve done all the research, so you don’t have to! During the Sixteenth Century, Scotland was notorious for witch-hunts due to King James VI of Scotland’s obsession with witches and witchcraft due to the violent death of his mother, Mary Queen of Scots. James even wrote a treatise called Daemonologie. James states that the try aim of witches far and wide is to overthrow the king of the realm. When James became King James I of England, his new English subjects wanted to appease him and his views on the demonic. This was when we got Christopher Marlowe’s famous play Doctor Faustus and Shakespeare’s MACBETH. If you don’t know anything about MACBETH, watch this hilarious video. It’s said that Shakespeare researched witches in-depth and even stole actual spells and incantations from a coven of witches and used them in the play. Such as the most famous witch line Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, Witches' mummy, maw and gulf Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark, Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark, Liver of blaspheming Jew, Gall of goat, and slips of yew Silver'd in the moon's eclipse, Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips, Finger of birth-strangled babe Ditch-deliver'd by a drab, Make the gruel thick and slab: Add thereto a tiger's chaudron, For the ingredients of our cauldron. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is firm and good. The witch coven objected to Shakespeare's use of the spells and ended up cursing the play, and the curse continues to plague theaters today. Here are some examples of how the curse has been invoked: During the first performance (around 1606), the actor playing Lady Macbeth died suddenly, so Shakespeare had to perform it himself. In this same production, a real knife was used instead of a fake one, resulting in the death of the actor who played King Duncan. Shakespeare intended to flatter King James I with his portrayal of him in the play. However, James, I was not too fond of the play at all; he ordered the play be banned. The play was rewritten in a less violent tone and performed in 1703, but the worst storm in English history broke out during the run of the play. Several towns and cities were destroyed, and a half thousand sailors were killed. The original text of the play was restored before the play was performed again. Abraham Lincoln read passages regarding Duncan's assassination to his friends a week before he was assassinated. In 1882, one of the actors accidentally stabbed another actor in the chest on the closing night of a production. The actor did not die, but he was significantly injured. In 1928, a set fell on the actors at the Royal Court Theater during a rehearsal, seriously injuring some of the cast. A fire broke out in the dressing room the weekend before opening day. In 1937, a disastrous situation overcame the cast preparing for the play at the Old Vic. The director and one of the actors were in a car accident on the way to the theater. Laurence Olivier, the actor cast to play Macbeth, lost his voice due to a cold just before opening night, resulting in the play being postponed. A 25-pound stage weight fell and narrowly missed Olivier, and Lilian Baylis, the founder of the Old Vic, died of a heart attack right before the final rehearsal for the show. In 1947, an actor was stabbed in the final sword fight of the play and died from the resulting wounds. In 1970, the actor playing Macbeth died from heart failure during Act II of the play. Most recently, in 1998, Alec Baldwin sliced open the hand of another actor during production. Maybe this play shouldn’t be done…just out of caution. And that’s why theater people won’t even say the name. They refer to it as the Scottish Play, Big Mac, Bard’s play, or McB. However, there is a way to counteract the curse if you accidentally say MACBETH for some reason. 1.) Exit the theater. 2.) Spin around three times 3.) Spit over your left shoulder 4.) Curse 5.) Knock on the theater door to be allowed back in Do you have personal examples? Or do you think it’s all a bunch of Hocus Pocus? Sources:,1606)%20was%20riddled%20with%20disaster.

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  • PAST EVENTS | operahouse

    PAST EVENTS TREK TO THE TOWER 2016 On Sunday, January 31st the Opera House hosted our first Trek to the Tower. We took groups of no more than 4 at a time on a historical tour of the Opera House, including a climb all the way up to the inside of the clock tower. Project Name This is your Project description. Click on "Edit Text" or double click on the text box to start. Project Name This is your Project description. Provide a brief summary to help visitors understand the context and background of your work. Click on "Edit Text" or double click on the text box to start.

  • EVENTS | operahouse

    UPCOMING EVENTS ACT ONE presents: All Shook Up It’s 1955, and into a square little town rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Teddy Bear,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” and “Jailhouse Rock.” ​ Performers are 3rd-5th graders ​ *Pre Show by AIM and ASTRA Buy Tickets! Friday, November 18 7:00 PM FREE CHRISTMAS MOVIE As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie (Randy Quaid), and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark's employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs. Sunday, November 27 2:00 PM Junction City Little Theater's Christmas Show A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol It's Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary "take" on Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Whether it's the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor but radio novice William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show. St. Claire's escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the performance to a simultaneously comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax: St. Claire has an on-air breakdown and begins to connect his own life with that of the classic Dickens tale. To "save the show," the company improvises an ending to Charles Dickens' classic as a film noir mystery, featuring a hardboiled detective, a femme fatale, and an absurd rescue of Tiny Tim (and the Lindbergh baby) from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain named Rudolf! Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 pm Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 pm Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm Buy Tickets! Kansas Ballet presents: An Abridged Nutcracker This version of the famous Tchaikovsky Ballet is condensed so that this production is perfect for a person's first ballet experience. It contains all the 'best bits' from The Nutcracker Suite. Make this a family outing and get into the hoilday spirit! Sunday, December 11 2:00 pm Buy Tickets! Thundering Cats Big Band Holiday Concert Due to the First Division Band being deployed this year, we invited the Thundering Cats from Manhattan KS to come and do a Holiday Show! With famous Christmas Carols and all of the songs that will put you in the mood for Christmas, Eggnog and twinkling lights, this is concert you won't want to miss. Friday, December 16 7:00 pm Buy Tickets! Reza Edge of Illusion Nonstop thrills and unparalleled excitement await at Reza Edge of Illusion . Renowned illusionist Reza has performed for more than 30 million people worldwide. He's known for the large scale of his stunning magic illusions and for his dynamic stage presence. He's been invited on dozens of TV shows and called "the world's top tour illusionist." Reza is a true stage veteran who has been performing since the age of 7. You'll be treated to a performance packed with comedy, magic moments, and stunning mega illusions. Reza takes magic to a new level with both up-close and large-scale illusions that are truly unique. After all, this is a family-friendly show designed to let visitors experience the magic for themselves. Reza takes the action into the audience, so there are plenty of opportunities to be wowed by magic up close and personal. The interactive elements of the show make the experience all the more lively and memorable. Friday, February 3 at 7:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon! Junction City Little Theater presents Tom Stoppard's Arcadia Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits- the attraction Newton left out. Friday, February 17 at 7:30 pm Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 pm Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm Friday, February 24 at 7:30 pm Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 pm Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon! Kansas Ballet presents: The Adventures of Cipollino Join us as we explore the fairy-tale story of ‘The Adventures of Cipollino’ through the medium of dance! Little Onion (in Italian, Cipollino) bravely fights against the unjust treatment of his fellow Vegetable folk by the snobby Fruit ‘aristocracy’ led by Princess Lemon. Tuesday, March 7 7:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon! Joseph Hall as Elvis Joseph Hall, born in 1984 has been paying tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley since 2006. He starred on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2008, making 6 TV appearances, viewed by more than 90 million people and placing as one of the top 10 finalists! Sharon Osbourne was impressed enough to tell him, ” I’ve got shoes older than you, but I’d like to try you on!” Joseph Hall has performed all over the world, from Las Vegas, Nevada to Porthcawl, Wales. Joseph Hall has won many awards throughout his young career including the “Spirit of Elvis ” award. Joseph has worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Legends in Concert, and has officially been recognized as one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the world today. Hall completed 6 smashed seasons in Branson, Missouri. Saturday, March 11 7:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon! ASTRA presents: Shrek Jr. Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. ​ Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. Friday, March 31 7:00 PM Saturday, April 1 7:00 PM Tickets are on sale soon! Junction City Little Theater presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family. ​ The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Friday, April 28 at 7:30 pm Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 pm Sunday, May 1 at 2:00 pm Friday, May 7 at 7:30 pm Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 pm Sunday, May 9 at 2:00 pm Tickets are on sale soon! ACT TWO presents: Urinetown In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter. Friday, April 14 7PM Saturday, April 15 2PM Tickets are on sale soon!

  • Theater | C.L. Hoover Opera House | Junction City

    Mark as Starred What's next for the Opera House? ​ At the C.L. Hoover Opera House, we present top-class performances across various artistic genres. Our schedule is jam-packed with exciting shows sure to entertain all ages.

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