JCCC announces 2021 season


Posted by Bob Evans



Johnson County Community College’s Midwest Trust Center

Announces 2021 Fall Season

Fall Performances Include

Yesterday and Today – An Interactive Beatles Experience, Sugar & Booze – Ana Gasteyer,

KC Jazz Orchestra with the Hanover, Germany Big Band,

Bridget Kibbey with the Dover Quartet, and Susan Werner


Emily Behrmann, General Manager for the series branded Midwest Trust Center (formerly Carlsen Center) Series, today announced the upcoming fall season featuring vital artists from around the world and around the corner. High res photos with IDs can be found here.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we are ready to welcome audiences back,” Behrmann stated. “Over the past 15 months, staff has been working remotely, staying connected and innovating with fellow artists, planning for the day where we can safely come back to theatres. We are so pleased to share the fall lineup of in-person performances!”

A short list of performances:

On Sept. 12, Larry Carlton – Steely Dan/’78 Album will perform in Yardley Hall. Be profoundly moved by one of the most influential, prolific, and original guitarists of the past four decades. Four-time Grammy winner mesmerizes audiences with his blues and jazz roots and crossover pop/rock sensibility.

Running Sep. 17 and 18, New Dance Partners—The Ultimate Collaboration. This unique partnership, featuring some of the most interesting and exciting local dance companies and artists presenting original works, will continue in Yardley Hall. Four choreographers and four companies confirmed to date include Sidra Bell working with Owen/Cox Dance Group, Carolyn Dorfman working with Störling Dance Theatre, Roni Koresh working with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and Irene Rodriguez working with Kansas City Ballet.

On Oct. 24, Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience will bring a one-of-a-kind tribute to Yardley Hall. This all-request show does away with the wigs, costumes, and fake accents. Instead, brothers Billy, Matthew and Ryan McGuigan will recreate the energy and spirit of the world’s most popular band, connecting with audiences and playing the music they want to hear.

Saturday, Nov. 6, Darlene Love will delight audiences with favorites including “He’s a Rebel,” “A Fine, Fine Boy,” “Chapel of Love,” “Wait ‘til My Bobby Gets Home,” “Not Too Young to Get Married” and the seasonal classic “(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home.” Love will also sing songs from her latest release “Introducing Darlene Love” (produced by Little Steven VanZandt and including new songs by Linda Perry, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen).

On Dec.4, Fiesta Navidad, Mariachi Los Camperos, will perform in Yardley Hall. A holiday musical fiesta perfect for the entire family. You will love this celebration of Mexican and Latin-inspired holiday songs. Always an explosion of music and color, Mariachi Los Camperos is known for moving mariachi music out of the cantinas and into the concert halls of America.

On Dec. 5, Ana Gasteyer will ring in the holiday season with her “Sugar & Booze” tour, a collection of original and classic holiday songs with Ana’s modern and comedic touch. Known for her celebrated television work that includes SNL, Gasteyer starred in FOX’s A Christmas Story Live! as Mrs. Schwartz and as Principle McGee in FOX’s hit live broadcast of Grease. On stage, Gasteyer starred as Elphaba in Wicked for both the Broadway and Chicago productions and in 2018 she performed as Miss Hannigan in Annie at The Hollywood Bowl. Audiences will love Ana’s light-hearted take on the season!

This year Mesner Puppet Theater will be MTC’s Artists in Residence. Running Dec. 4 and 5, the Kansas City-based organization will remount The Snowy Day and other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats. Known for their inventive puppetry, MPT will bring Keats’ stories to life in a collection that features Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy and The Snowy Day. In May of 2022, Mesner Puppets will bring In the Workshop from the screen to the stage with a live adaptation of their digital series of the same name. Both productions will engage audiences of all ages incorporating humor and heart in a uniquely Mesner fashion.

For more information about the Midwest Trust Center Series at Johnson County Community College, and a full list of performers, visit Midwest Trust Center 2021-2022 Season.

Midwest Trust Center Series 2021 Fall Season

 Sept. 12          Larry Carlton – Steely Dan/’78 Album

  Sept. 17-18     New Dance Partners

Oct. 7              The Reminders

Oct. 17            Winterlude – local KC jazz, Bob Bowman

Oct. 22            KC Jazz Orchestra with Hanover, Germany Big Band

Oct. 24            Yesterday and Today – The Interactive Beatles Experience

Nov. 6             Darlene Love

Nov. 7             Winterlude – Kansas City and All That’s Jazz

Nov. 12           The Romeros guitar quartet with Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano

Nov. 17-18     StoneLion Puppet Theatre, The Lost Treasure

Nov. 20           Susan Werner

Dec. 3             Bridget Kibbey, harp with the Dover Quartet

Dec. 4             Fiesta Navidad, Mariachi Los Camperos

Dec. 4-5          Mesner Puppet TheaterThe Snowy Day

Dec. 5             Ana Gasteyer, “Sugar and Booze” Holiday Tour

Ticket Information

Tickets for September and October shows will go on sale June 21. Until then, please take a look at the full lineup and season brochure on the website Midwest Trust Center 2021-2022 Season. All tickets will be sold for a single performance, no season packages for fall events. Donors to the Friends of the Midwest Trust Center (starting at $60) receive early access. Become a Friend here.

About Midwest Center, Johnson County Community College

The Midwest Trust Center is Johnson County’s performing arts center. Early on, the founders of Johnson County Community College (JCCC) dreamed of building a world-class performing arts venue in Johnson County, Kansas. In 1990, that dream was realized, and the center soon became a cultural hub for the rapidly growing county. The Midwest Trust Center’s growth parallels that of Johnson County, expanding from 50 events the first season to around 150 annually today. Events include Midwest Trust Center Series, the annual series of around 25 events presented by JCCC that feature professional, internationally known artists in a wide variety of genres; academic branches of JCCC; and community groups who rent the space.

In 2020 Johnson County Community College accepted a $1,000,000 donation intended to provide an ongoing endowment to support the College’s Performing Arts Series. These funds will also provide scholarships for students studying creative arts at JCCC. As a feature of the donation, the center now bears the name Midwest Trust Center, a local company founded by Brad Bergman. The donors Brad and Libby Bergman are long-time supporters of the College, having co-chaired the JCCC Foundation’s annual Some Enchanted Evening Gala – the largest single fundraising event for student scholarships. Brad has also served as Chair of the JCCC Foundation Board of Directors. The Bergmans have been consistent supporters of dozens of activities at JCCC. They have four children, each of whom has benefited from classes taught at the College.

Since 2000, with the development of the Midwest Trust Center Arts Education program, the Midwest Trust Center also addresses cultural and art-related program needs in K-12 education. The MTC Arts Education programs include school performances at the Midwest Trust Center, and engagement activities with artists performing in schools. Master classes, lecture/demonstrations, workshops and other opportunities for interaction with students happen throughout the year. MTC Arts Education also offers support materials for programs, study guides, concert previews, plus professional development – creative skills workshops and curriculum- building seminars for teachers in arts integration.

The MTC Arts Education had a leadership role in the re-establishment of the Kansas Alliance for Arts Education, and in 2014 was named a Kennedy Center Partners in Education site, teamed with the Shawnee Mission School District. An expansion of the Kennedy Center Partnership occurred in 2018 with the addition of the Liberty Schools, and again in 2019, adding Kansas City Young Audiences, making it one of two cross-state Kennedy Center Partnerships in the US. MTC Arts Ed is the only Kennedy Center Partner in the state of Kansas.

For more information, please visit Midwest Trust Center 2021-2022 Season.

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