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Over Seventy-five years after its publication, The Diary of Anne Frank remains one of the most widely-read books in the world. The account of a Jewish teenager's life in hiding in an annex behind an Amsterdam warehouse during the Nazi occupation left readers with the lingering question, who alerted the Nazi search team, in 1944, to Anne Frank and her family's hiding place?

In 1955, The Diary of Anne Frank premiered on Broadway at the Cort Theatre for the first time and is now being brought to life by McKinney Repertory Theatre this March.  In honor of this, Chestnut Square is partnering with McKinney Repertory Theatre to host an interview on February 17th at 1:30pm with retired US FBI Agent, Vince Pankoke, to explore the question, "who betrayed the Franks" and learn how technology has given us new theories on this mystery.

After he retired from the FBI, Vince was recruited to become the Director of Investigation for the Anne Frank Cold Case Investigation, which was featured in the CBS news program, 60 Minutes. His role included coordinating the investigative effort to solve the mystery surrounding the circumstances of the raid in which Anne Frank, her family, and friends were captured on August 4, 1944. Pankoke developed a cold case team protocol including recruiting subject matter experts, team member selection, identifying investigative initiatives, directing archival research, and applying modern investigative techniques which included profiling, testimonial reconstruction, and most importantly for this presentation, artificial intelligence. 

Join us on February 17th at 1:30pm at Chestnut Square Heritage Village as we interview Vince Pankoke on this compelling case as we approach the 80th anniversary of this heartbreaking betrayal.

TICKET PRICES:   $20 for VIP or $5 General Admission.  VIP Seating begins at 1 pm with conversation beginning promptly at 1:30 pm.  For more information and to buy tickets, please visit Chestnut Square or https://bit.ly/MRTDiaryofAnne

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McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) is proud to present their annual one-hour performance of “A Christmas Carol” (story by Charles Dickens, adapted by Dr. Andrew Harris) on Nov. 24-25th and Dec. 8-9th.  Each season more people are discovering this timeless story, in a way that only MRT can tell, with families coming back year after year and making it a part of their holiday traditions. The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is taught the true meaning and spirit of Christmas by ghosts who show him his own past and present. He is also shown what the future holds for him if he doesn't change his ways.

This year will mark MRT’s 17th production of Dr. Andrew Harris’ adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” and is being directed by Doug Latham, Marilyn Latham, Dale G. Gutt, and Teresa Miller. 

McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) is a 98% volunteer, nonprofit, community theatre.  MRT is McKinney’s Official Community Theatre and is supported in part by grants from McKinney Arts Commission and McKinney Community Development Corporation.  MRT is also a resident company at McKinney Performing Arts Center located in historic, downtown McKinney.   

Tickets are $14.50 for adults, $11.50 for Seniors 55+, $9.50 for children/students ages 4-18. Group tickets are available by calling the MPAC ticket office at (214) 544-4630. Please note that this show is rated PG for ghosts! 

SHOW DATES: 

Total of 9 shows (2 weekends):

Friday, November 24th at 1:30pm & 4:30pm 

Saturday, November 25th at 11am, 1:30pm, & 4:30pm 

Friday, December 8th at 7:30pm 

Saturday, December 9th at 11am, 1:30pm & 4:30pm 

  • Please note that opening weekend (Nov. 24th & 25th) shows run in conjunction with McKinney’s Home for the Holidays festival and all showtimes are designed to allow audiences to participate in the festival events as well. 

LOCATION:  McKinney Performing Arts Center - 111 N. Tennessee Street - McKinney, TX 75069

For more Information and to purchase show tickets please call (214) 544-4630 or visit:  https://mckinneyrep.org

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Calling all sleuths:  McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) will be kicking off their 20th Anniversary season by presenting Clue at McKinney Performing Arts Center on October 6-7 & 13-14, 2023.  

Watch all of your favorite Clue characters come to life on stage in this hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery.  The tale begins on a dark and stormy night set in 1954.  Six unique guests, a butler and a maid assemble for a dinner party at the home of Mr. Boddy. When their host turns up dead, it becomes clear that no one is safe. Was it Mrs. Peacock in the kitchen with the candlestick? Perhaps it was Mr. Green in the billiard room with the wrench? Based on the popular board game and adapted from the 1985 Paramount cult classic film, Clue will keep audiences guessing to the very end. 

Clue was written by Sandy Rustin and based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn. The MRT production is being produced by Kathy Snyder and is directed by Rebecca N. Moore, a newcomer to McKinney Repertory Theatre, who says, “I am very excited to bring this amazing cast full of talented and hilarious performers to the stage. This production of Clue will leave you laughing and wanting more!”

The poster for MRT’s production of Clue is the first of five posters that feature original art by local artist Kim Guthrie as part of the community theatre’s collaboration with her in honor of their 20th Anniversary. MRT hopes that this collaboration will highlight and celebrate the two art forms (art and theatre) and the importance of both in our local community. 

McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) is a 98% volunteer, nonprofit, community theatre.  MRT is McKinney’s Official Community Theatre and is a resident company at McKinney Performing Arts Center in historic, downtown McKinney.   

Tickets are $24.50 for adults, $21 for Seniors 55+, and $19 for students ages 13+

Rated PG-13 for suggested violence and innuendo.  NOTICE:  This show contains gunshot sounds and flashing lights. 

SHOW DATES: 

Total of 6 shows (2 weekends):

Friday, October 6, 2023, at 8 pm

Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Friday,  October 13, 2023, at 8 pm

Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

 

LOCATION:  McKinney Performing Arts Center - 111 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069

For more information and to purchase show tickets please call (214) 544-4630 or visit:  https://mckinneyrep.org

 

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Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous grant-maker and individual donors, high school and middle school students will get to see McKinney Repertory Theatre's production of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" for free!  Agatha Christie is the queen of detective fiction and teaches students foreshadowing, symbolism, deductive reasoning, attention to detail, and patience.  Seeing one of her murder mysteries performed in a live theatrical setting encourages and develops empathy, problem-solving, analytical skills, and a greater sense of right and wrong.  Theatrical performances of classic literature teach students how to enjoy literature on many different levels, get more out of reading, and sparks the imagination. MRT is proud to be piloting this free student ticket program for productions of literary classics. 

McKinney Repertory Theatre's production of “Murder on the Orient Express” will be at McKinney Performing Arts Center from July 28-29, August 4-5, and August 11-12, 2023. The MRT production is being directed by Lindsey Humphries with Marilyn Latham supporting as assistant director.  The story begins after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. This clever adaptation by Ken Ludwig boasts all of the glamour, intrigue, and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel. So wax your mustache and hold onto your passport for what has become the most highly-produced comedy mystery in the world. 

McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) is a 100% volunteer, nonprofit, community theatre.  MRT is McKinney’s Official Community Theatre and is a resident company at McKinney Performing Arts Center in historic, downtown McKinney.   

Tickets are $22 for adults, $19 for Seniors 55+, and FREE* for children/students ages 4-18. Group tickets are available by calling the MPAC ticket office at (214) 544-4630. For free student tickets, please use online checkout code:  MOTOE60STU(*Free student tickets for “Murder on the Orient Express” have limited availability and will be offered only while supplies last.) 

Rated PG-13 for suggested violence, mild language, and thematic elements.  NOTICE:  This show contains numerous gunshot sounds, flashing lights, and fog effects. 

 

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 McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) is excited to announce that McKinney artist, Kim Guthrie, will be collaborating with MRT on the artwork for their 20th Anniversary theatrical season. 

 Ms. Guthrie will be creating five (5) total paintings that MRT will use as the poster art for their 20th Anniversary Season.  These five pieces will represent each of the shows that are being produced as part of the 20th Anniversary Season, which will include: 

  • Clue by Jonathan Lynn

  • Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adapted by Dr. Andrew Harris 

  • Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross

  • Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

     

     

     

     

  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

"Theatre is the one art form that needs artists and experts from every type of artistic medium to collaborate together to produce a show. Since McKinney is such a rich artistic community, it made sense for our community theater to celebrate our 20th Anniversary by highlighting the variety of artists and creative minds that call McKinney home by selecting a local artist to collaborate with on our 20th Anniversary season artwork,” said Davina Gazo Stampfel, executive director of MRT.  “Ms. Guthrie’s artistic style and motto of ‘whimsical art for the young at heart’ feels very in line with our nonprofit community theatre and we are thrilled to be collaborating with her!” 

Ms. Guthrie hails from California but grew up all over the world.  After studying art in Colorado, she went abroad to France and ventured out to find her own artistic style.  Her paintings incorporate bright colors and an array of palette knives to move the buttery paint in organic strokes which result in a textured, almost 3-D feel.  Her love of texture spills over to 3-D sculptures which she designs using paper mache and vintage finds.  Ms. Guthrie moved to McKinney eight years ago and established her studio at 115 W. Virginia St. Suite 101 in historic, downtown McKinney.  She has been an active artist for over thirty years. 

For further information about Kim Guthrie’s work, please visit her website at: 

https://www.kimguthrieart.com/ 

Further details about MRT, the 20th Anniversary season, and our upcoming show, “Murder on the Orient Express”, can be found on MRT’s official website at:  https://mckinneyrep.org/

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McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) is excited to present the hit Neil Simon comedy, “RUMORS”, opening on May 5th, 2023 at McKinney Performing Arts Center in the old courthouse theater in historic downtown McKinney. 

 

You will laugh non-stop with this classic farce! Four couples arrive at the townhouse of a deputy New York City mayor and his wife to attend a party celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary. However, they soon discover that there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the deputy mayor has shot himself in the head (it’s only a flesh wound). Comic complications arise when, given everyone's upper-class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media.

The MRT production of "RUMORS" is being directed by Aaron Adair and produced by Jessie Johnson.  

McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) is a 100% volunteer, nonprofit, community theatre.  MRT is McKinney’s Official Community Theatre and is a resident company at McKinney Performing Arts Center in historic, downtown McKinney.   

Tickets are $22 for adults, $19 for Seniors 55+, $17 for children/students ages 4-18. Group tickets are available by calling the MPAC ticket office at (214) 544-4630. 

SHOW DATES: 

Total of 6 shows (2 weekends):

Friday, May 5th at 8pm 

Saturday, May 6th at 2pm & 8pm 

Friday, May  at 8pm 

Saturday, May at 2pm & 8pm 

 

LOCATION:  McKinney Performing Arts Center - 111 N. Tennessee Street - McKinney, TX 75069

For more Information and to purchase show tickets please call (214) 544-4630 or visit:  https://mckinneyrep.org

 

Media Contact:  

Davina Gazo Stampfel

McKinney Repertory Theatre

executivedirector@mckinneyrep.org

 

About McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT)

McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) was started in 2003 when a group of local actors decided to bring the gift of theatre to McKinney.  Since then, MRT has become McKinney’s Official Community Theatre and we are one of the resident companies at McKinney Performing Arts Center in historic downtown McKinney.  MRT is also a 98% volunteer driven non-profit theatre and is supported, in part, by grants from the City of McKinney through the McKinney Arts Commission (MAC) and the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC). 

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March 13, 2023 (McKinney, TX) – McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) and McKinney Creative Community (MCC) are excited to launch the search for a local McKinney artist to collaborate with the community theatre on the artwork for its upcoming 20th Anniversary Season.  

All local McKinney artists (ages 18 and up) are invited to submit a proposal to create five (5) total pieces of art that will be used by MRT as the poster art for their 20th Anniversary Season.  These five pieces will represent each of the shows that are being produced as part of the 20th Anniversary Season. 

The art work should be the artist’s interpretation of the following shows: 

  • Clue by Jonathan Lynn

  • Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adapted by Dr. Andrew Harris 

  • Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross

  • Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

 

MRT and MCC will review all of the proposals and choose one artist to create artwork for all five shows. The chosen artist will be awarded $500 as an artist’s fee/honorarium.   

"Theatre is the one art form that needs artists and experts from every type of artform to collaborate together to produce a show. Since McKinney is such a rich artistic community, it made sense for our community theater to celebrate our 20th Anniversary by highlighting the variety of artists and creative minds that call McKinney home,” said Davina Gazo Stampfel, executive director of MRT.  “I can’t think of a better way of tying things together than opening up this opportunity to our community and partnering with a local artist.” 

Please visit:  https://mckinneyrep.org/20th-anniv-art-rfp for full submission guidelines.

The deadline to apply is April 9th, 2023.

Media Contact:  

Davina Gazo Stampfel

McKinney Repertory Theatre

executivedirector@mckinneyrep.org

 

About McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT)

McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) was started in 2003 when a group of local actors decided to bring the gift of theatre to McKinney.  Since then, MRT has become McKinney’s Official Community Theatre and we are one of the resident companies at McKinney Performing Arts Center in historic downtown McKinney.  MRT is also a 98% volunteer driven non-profit theatre and is supported, in part, by grants from the City of McKinney through the McKinney Arts Commission (MAC) and the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC).  

 

About McKinney Creative Community (MCC)

TheMcKinney Creative Community (MCC) brings area artists together in order to build on the rich, cultural character that McKinney is known for. Each month, the group hosts a public potluck where creatives in any field or medium can share their personal and professional experiences. Often a guest speaker addresses the group. The group was founded in 2010 and has over 2,400 members/followers on Facebook. In December, it hosts the Holiday Art Bazaar, the second largest art fair in McKinney. The group welcomes all who wish to connect with fellow creatives. Potlucks and membership are free.