Ryan Morehead, Coordinator of the Cultural Arts Center, MCC-Longview, has great ideas about what could happen with theater, arts and music in Lee’s Summit. Upon arriving at Longview in 2011 from Benedictine College, where he served as Department Chair of theater, Speech, and Dance, Morehead took over management of the facility as well as programming and scheduling of both academic and community performances.
This year is off to a great start. After a Coterie theater residency in February during which students at the Longview Farms were entertained, next up on the schedule is a performance by famed classical guitarist Peter Jankovic, to be offered at 8 p.m. April 19 after the annual Kite Festival on campus. Morehead is enthusiastic about getting the word out about this opportunity and has arranged for new marketing on KCUR and on-line promotions on KMBZ. He has initiated contact with John Knox Village to arrange for senior transportation and attendance at the event. Ryan demonstrates strong commitment to cross-generational offerings at the CAC.
Anticipating the continued relationship with the Summit theater Group into 2014 and beyond, Morehead shared that their production of “Boeing Boeing” will take place at the CAC during the last weekend in March and the first weekend in April. Having our own Summit theater Group productions at the college reinforces the mission of both organizations and offers another quality venue for theater in Lee’s Summit.
Beyond theater in the Black Box, Morehead works closely with Daniel Reneau to schedule art exhibits throughout the year, and with music faculty to offer concert performances. Stay tuned for future announcement about a May student music showcase, featuring Longview students performing contemporary music.
Drawing on his expertise in offering a business approach to arts programming and on his intention of building strong community relationships, Ryan offers a lot of ideas of what is possible for Lee’s Summit and Longview as we move forward in developing our creative community.
Beth Lindquist retired from MCC-Longview in 2011 as Dean of Instruction and has served on the Lee's Summit Arts Council for six years. She has resided in Lee's Summit for 13 years.