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Frequently Asked Questions

What is KC Stage? How did it get started?


KC Stage Magazine is the most comprehensive resource of performing arts for the Kansas City metro area, covering theatre, dance, music, and independent film.

While not a non-profit, is run entirely by volunteers. Started in 1998 by Diane Bulan and Jen Tracy, the monthly magazine was originally conceived as a way to combine Kansas City area audition and performance information into one publication. Our goals remain pretty much the same as when the magazine started: be the one place for listing auditions, performances, and other performing arts-related events, as well as to cover the issues and people that impact the performing arts in and around the Kansas City area. (We cover Lawrence and Topeka as well.)

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How does the KC Stage website work?


Part of the reason we've been able to stay in business as long as we have is because of our website. The online and print magazine calendar listings come from the information from the information on the website, which is input by the over 200 organizations registered with us. In other words, it's up to the organizations to keep their information updated.

So, if you don't see an audition or performance listed, please consider contacting that organization and letting them know how much you rely on the information on KC Stage.

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Where can I find a copy of the print magazine?


Copies of the current (and a few past) issues are available to buy online via Magcloud, although the PDFs of past issues are available for free on the KC Stage website. Cover price is $5.

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Do I need to register to use KC Stage's website?


The website is currently under a subscriber paywall. Only (logged-in) current subscribers can see the current issue and/or future listings of auditions, performances, and events. Non-subscribers can only view past information (and today's information on the main page) and a few other items such as the list of registered organizations.

You need to register if you want to rate and/or review any of the productions listed on our website.

You also need to register if you want to be linked to a registered organization or to register a new organization in order to update information, enter calendar notices, or send out press releases.

However, our e-mail list (now on Google Groups) is free of charge, and many (but not all) of our registered organizations do send out performance and audition listings via e-mail to it.

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How do I register for a new account?


All that you need to join KC Stage is valid contact information. Registration is free and takes about a minute.

If you're just interested in rating/reviewing productions, or if you want to create an individual account in order to be linked to an organization already registered with us, click on "Become a Reviewer" on our main page.

However, if you're a strong advocate for the performing arts and want to know what's going on in and around Kansas City, consider becoming a paying subscriber. Our subscriber rates are very reasonable. (See "Why become a subscriber?")

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What if I lose or forget my password?


You can get a login/password reminder for your KC Stage individual account by clicking on "Lost Password?" on the login section of the main KC Stage website (upper right).

You will need to put in the e-mail address that is on file for your account, and you will then be e-mailed both your login ID and your password. This e-mail will be from our subscriber rep (an @kcstage.com e-mail address), so be sure to keep an eye out for it and check your spam folder as well.

If you get the error that the e-mail address isn't correct, or if it's been at least ten minutes and you can't find the e-mail, please contact the subscriber rep.

Just a reminder that the way KC Stage is set up, organizations do not have their own login/password, but are instead linked up to individual accounts so that multiple people can be linked to one organization (or one person can be linked to multiple organizations, for that matter, as well as have a subscription or reviewer account as well). That way, too, there's no security issue of sharing passwords and the organization information remains separate from the individual should there be a change in management.

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Why become a subscriber?


Paying subscribers not only get the print magazine monthly, but free access (including future information) to the KC Stage website, a membership card good for a variety of discounts at area arts organizations (a list of discounts and organizations can be found here), and special ticket giveaways (such as Ren Fest, Starlight, and The Barn Players) that only our subscribers see.

All this for only $4 a month with a 1-year subscription! Subscription information can be found here.

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How can my organization be listed online/in your magazine?


All of our listings come from the organizations registered with us inputting the information themselves. Any performing arts organization (theatre, music, dance, or independent film) can register for free. Our print deadline is the 10th of the prior month.

If your organization isn't registered (a list of registered organizations can be found here), click on "Register Theatre" on the main page of the website.

You will need to create an individual account (with your personal information, which will have a login and password) that is separate from the organization's listing - the organization will NOT have its own login or password. This is set up so that multiple people can be linked to an organization to update the information and for security purposes. So, if you already have an account with us (either as a subscriber, a reviewer, or being linked to another organization), log in first so we don't have duplicate information.

Anyone linked can enter the organization's events on our website to have the information show up in our monthly print magazine as well as our weekly Week on Stage listings that get sent out to our e-mail discussion list and played on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Once the organization is registered, we will need to confirm the listing. You will get an e-mail letting you know whether the organization has been approved or not.

We have a separate user's guide for registered organizations, which explains how to input information and utilize our free press release system: you receive a link to that once you are linked to the organization.

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My organization is already listed, but isn't updating their info. (Or: I'm new to this organization and want to update/input information.) How do I get it updated?


All of our listings come from the organizations registered with us inputting the information themselves.

The way KC Stage is set up, organizations do not have their own login/password, but are instead linked up to individual accounts so that multiple people can be linked to one organization (or one person can be linked to multiple organizations, for that matter, as well as have a subscription or reviewer account as well). That way, too, there's no security issue of sharing passwords and the organization information remains separate from the individual should there be a change in management.

Your first step is to contact the person listed as the main contact on the organization. If it's not available, or if that person is no longer at the organization, you need to have an individual account. (See "How do I register for a free account?") Once you have an individual account, e-mail our theatre rep and request to be linked to the organization.

We have a separate user's guide for registered organizations, which explains how to input information and utilize our free press release system: you receive a link to that once you are linked to the organization.

Contact us if you need more information on this guide.

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What's your deadline?


Our print deadline, whether it's for auditions, events, performances, job listings, photo submissions, news submissions, or advertising, is noon on the 10th of the prior month (i.e., May's deadline would be April 10).

All of our listings come from the organizations registered with us inputting the information themselves. Any performing arts organization (theatre, music, dance, or independent film) can register for free.

However, if you've missed this deadline, that doesn't mean the organization shouldn't input their information in. Our website is visited often, and any information input is accessible the minute it's input. We also send out a weekly "This Week On Stage" e-mail to our e-mail list, listing that week's events. (The "Week on Stage" is also downloaded on the 10th to be recorded for broadcast on KKFI 90.1 FM.)

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I'd like you to do an article on [insert topic/organization here]. (Or: I want to send you a press release.) How can I make that happen?


You can contact us with story ideas and press releases, but be certain you have a hook. For us, an organization putting on a show is NOT news, and should be a regular calendar listing. So, think about why we would find that topic of interest.

KC Stage Magazine, while not a non-profit, is run entirely by volunteers. That includes our contributors and editorial staff, so be sure to send it as early as possible. Expecting us to write something for your show next month (or even worse, sending us a press release for something happening next week) will most likely not get our attention: not necessarily due to lack of interest, but due to lack of time.

If you are interested in making sure your event (performance, audition, fundraiser, etc.) is in our calendar listings, our calendar listings come from the organizations registered with us inputting the information into our website themselves. We have a separate user's guide for registered organizations. Contact us if you need more information on that.

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My question isn't listed here.


E-mail us, and we will respond as soon as we can.

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