Here at Wide Awake Films, we’ve been collaborating with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre for about a decade, and since 2006, we’ve filmed every one of their stage performances — lucky us! We like to think of ourselves as part of the KC Rep family, and we’re excited to help them celebrate their 50th Anniversary. As part of the big anniversary celebration, we were thrilled to produce two films announcing the Rep’s Patron Party fundraiser and spectacular annual Fearless Fete – this year, a celebration of the decades, featuring fabulous fashion, tunes and, of course, theatre! The Fearless Fête has become a Kansas City tradition, known as one of the most exciting and unusual fundraisers around town. The proceeds from the Fête help the Rep continue its mission of promoting artistic excellence and inspiring a love of the arts in over 12,000 local students every year through the Rep’s educational opportunities and its community outreach programs.
We spent two fun-filled days filming with the Rep’s creative team and with this year’s Fearless Fete sponsors, Greg and Deanna Graves, local philanthropists and civic leaders who astounded us with their acting prowess. Greg, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, took a break from his day job to reenact the Rep’s most memorable onstage moments along with his wife Deanna, who makes a stunning guest appearance:
Founded in 1964, the Rep provides a learning experience where theatre students can work side by side with professionals. Across its 50 year history, the KC Rep has remained true to the goal of its founders by continuing to provide theatre students an opportunity to learn their craft alongside some of the best in the field, while also providing Kansas City access to some incredible performances. The Rep has put on hundreds of plays over the past five decades: among them, classics like Death of a Salesman, Cabaret, Into the Woods, and Our Town; the anticipated world premieres of one-man-show Clay and hip-hop musical Venice; and of course the annual holiday delight of A Christmas Carol.
We look forward to many more years of excellent theatre and good fun from our friends at the Rep!