Friday, October 4, 2013

Support the KCKCC music and theater departments during “A Night in the Heights”

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- The community is invited to enjoy an evening of dinner, live music and theater at Kansas City Kansas Community College’s “A Night in the Heights” event.

Sponsored by KCKCC and El Centro, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 with a reception in the upper level of the Jewell Building on KCKCC’s main campus. Dinner follows at 6 p.m. with the musical “In the Heights” starting at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. There will also be a cash bar. All proceeds go to benefit the music and theater departments at KCKCC.

“It is the hope that this will develop into some sort of series,” said Barbara Clark-Evans, director of the Intercultural Center at KCKCC. “We hope to have more events such as this in the future.”

Set in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, “In the Heights” is a musical that uses dance styles such as hip hop, salsa and rap to tell the story of a close-knit Latin community. Based on a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, the musical opened on Broadway in 2008, winning four Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. Other performance dates for “In the Heights” are 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Ticket information, including how to purchase season tickets, is available on the KCKCC website,

During the dinner, which will feature Latin cuisine, the KCKCC Jazz Band will perform. A surprise announcement from the music department will also be made during the event.

Tickets are available for “A Night in the Heights” in the Intercultural Center at KCKCC or by calling 913-288-7504. For more information about “A Night in the Heights,” contact Clark-Evans at