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‘Taffetas’ ignites audience with 1950’s music

If you remember Patti Page, Jo Stafford, Connie Francis, Theresa Brewer and the music of the 1950s before Rock ‘N Roll took over, then “The Taffetas” gets your...

Chestnut opener sets quality tone for season

Most theatres build their season toward a mega=climax, season-ending production, but The Chestnut Fine Arts bucks that trend, opening with a musical extravaganza of...

‘Beau Jest’ changes pace for Chestnut audiences

For just a good, old-fashioned comedy, but set in modern time, do not miss “Beau Jest,” at Olathe’s Chestnut Fine Arts Center, playing through April 14. Directed...

Sounds of ‘50s and ‘60 excites Chestnut crowd

By Bob Evans Get tickets now and cross your fingers that shows do not sell out before you make the call to The Chestnut Fine Arts Center for the newest production,...

OCTA scores knockout with classic adaption of ‘Anne of Green Gables’

By Bob Evans Everyone likes a good, family-oriented story as evidenced by Shirley Temple movies, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (and it’s several film versions),...

‘Crooners’ at Chestnut deliver musical gems from bygone era

By Bob Evans One thing Chestnut audiences can expect is that Brad Zimmerman always presents a family- friendly, fun evening of entertainment, whether it’s a cabaret...

Church ladies serve up laughter, song, fun stories

By Bob Evans Up to old tricks again, “Church Basement Ladies: Second Helping” opened at The Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre in Olathe, Kansas to a full house of...

New Chestnut show opens with enthusiastic standing ovation before finale

By Bob Evans Judging from the opening night crowd, mostly baby-boomers filled the Chestnut Fine Arts auditorium for an evening of old and really old folk music and drew...

‘Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike’ delivers unforseen hysterical laughter

By Bob Evans Whoever thought Anton Chekhov could be funny? His plays certainly were not, and the best part, they were short and quick reads. But, playwright Christopher...

‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ sets tone for Chestnut’s Andrews Sisters night

Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne, The Andrews Sisters, that famous trio that entertained the U.S. Troops and the American...

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