Beyond The Fourth Wall

Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri had built an extensive resume. An actor, director, writer and educator, she had no shortage of accomplishments in her theatrical career. Yet wit in this artist burned the fire of an entrepreneur, aiming to inspire…

Wondering “What If?”

What if? It’s the open-ended question everyone asks at some point while analyzing the possibilities of what could have been or what will be. While the question can be asked in a positive context, the emotions that generally accompany the…

Inspiring Imagination

No other children’s book author stands out quite like the imaginative Dr. Seuss. The memorable, colorful, fantastical worlds he created found a home in the hearts of teachers, parents and young readers. Through his inventive characters and…

Renewed Revue

New York City’s Harlem Renaissance erupted onto the arts scene nearly a century ago as one of the most influential periods for African-American literature, music and performance. Through the roaring ’20s, smoke-filled clubs transformed into…

On the Spot

Live theater is exhilarating. From the dramatic story lines to the intensity of the emotions displayed, there’s something to be said about the excitement of watching people perform. Adding to the thrill is the idea that anything could…

Active Imagination

Everyone practices acting in their daily life without realizing it. Whether it’s making a presentation at work, telling a story while out with friends or feigning interest in a meeting, most people portray different variations of their…

A Staging Power Couple

Grief, mental health and psychiatry hardly seem like good themes for a rock musical. Despite this, in 2008, “Next to Normal” made its off-Broadway debut to critical acclaim, capturing numerous awards for its original musical score and going…

Searching for Justice

One of the least popular pieces of mail to receive, next to bills, is the official summons for jury duty. Despite the disdain for this civic responsibility, there’s no denying that courtroom dramas have been a mainstay of entertainment for…

Managing the Magic

Meagan O’Neil counts cash for a customer at Central Bank of Boone County. Unfolding each of the bills, she smiles politely and makes small talk about the weather. Meagan is the epitome of professionalism. She’s organized, intelligent and…

“The Lyons”

Every family has one. A secret so embarrassing that all members collectively agree to never discuss it again. Maybe it’s dad’s story of getting lost on his way to Albuquerque without his wallet or mom getting pulled over after one too many…

Tale as Old as Time

It may be hard to believe but this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast.” The animated feature still retains a special place in many hearts and the familiar songs have kept their roots in many…

“Stage Kiss”

One of the most common questions an actor gets asked aside from “How do you memorize all those lines?” is “Did you really have to kiss?” The answer, depending on the actor, is equal parts hilarious as it is impossibly awkward. This month,…

“The Zenith Escape”

Imagination and excitement. The playwrights of the Jackie White Memorial Play Writing Contest look to capture both of these in the hearts of young audiences. At Columbia Entertainment Company (CEC), the contest is a staple of the theatrical…