Spinning Tree Theatre keeps introducing us to our future faves: Best of KC 2018

This month, we published The Pitch‘s annual Best of Kansas City issue. You can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also included a list, compiled and written by our editorial staff, of some our current favorite things about Kansas City in 2018. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout October. 

Kansas City has a burgeoning theater scene with a deep pool of talent from which to draw. But you might not get that impression by scanning the cast lists at a few local companies. Directors (and artistic directors) have a merry-go-round of favorites, and sometimes, it can seem daunting for newcomers to hop on board. Not so at Spinning Tree Theatre. The seven-year-old company has continually taken chances on recent grads and KC transplants, making its shows feel more current and more vibrant. Even better: when those newcomers are given the roles they need to grow and develop, the rest of the scene improves, too. We suspect other companies are taking note. We’ve started to notice a “tape delay” effect: the names of actors in Spinning Tree shows tend be splashed across other theaters’ programs a year later. Kudos to Spinning Tree co-founders Michael and Andrew Grayman-Parkhurst for taking the kinds of risks that help keep a theater scene fresh.

Spinning Tree Theatre, 3051 Central, KCMO. spinningtreetheatre.com.

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