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Ginger Rogers back on stage again

American Heartland Theatre presents “Backwards in High Heels” March 6 through April 19 at the Theatre in Crown Center.

This play dances through the extraordinary life of Ginger Rogers. We follow Ginger’s life, including her Oscar-winning moment. The evening includes “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Change Partners,” “Embraceable You,” “A Fine Romance” and “We’re in the Money.”

To purchase tickets, call 816-842-9999, visit the box office in Crown Center or visit

Go marbles

Moon Marble Company presents the ninth annual “Marble Crazy” from noon to 9 p.m. March 6, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7 at their store in Bonner Springs, on K-32 just west of K-7.

Marble makers from across the country will gather to give live glass working demonstrations and meet with the public. Visitors can watch the marble making process and purchase work directly from the artists.

The fun continues on March 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ball Room of the Double Tree Inn, 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park. The Kansas City Marble Club will host the marble collectors show for artists and collectors to display and sell antique and contemporary marbles.

Admission to both events is free. For more information, call 913-441-1432.

Consumer travel show planned for March 7

The Kansas City Consumer Travel Show will be held March 7 and 8 at the Overland Park International Trade Center, 6800 W. 115th St.

Along with a 150 exhibitors showcasing a diverse assortment of destinations and travel services, there will be a wide range of activities for all ages. “The Royal Chef,” Darren McGrady, will cook up international dishes that he personally served to Princess Diana. Also, travel guide writer Arthur Frommer, will be on hand, and Middle Eastern Belly Dancers will grace the Rhythmic Beats Stage, as well as Polynesian Dance and a fire show. There will also be a Branson showcase, Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe and Celtic dancers.

Admission and parking is free. For more information, call toll-free 877-795-TRAVEL, Ext. 109.

Young Matrons ready for another production

The Independence Young Matrons will perform “Aesop’s Falables” by Ed Grazyck, to approximately 5,000 area school children from March 6 through 12. The entire production, including set design and construction, scenes and lighting, costuming, ushering, publicity and acting is done by the club members.

The public is invited to a special showing at 7 p.m. March 12 at William Chrisman High School, U.S. 24 and Noland Road, Independence.

The play chairman is Kristen Miller, assisted by co-chairman Sheila Engelbrecht. The cast includes: Mary Anne Adkins, Judy Banks, Kay Bentele, Kay Best, Karen Beverstock, Pat Bounds, Dian Buckley, Judy Butler, Patty Chadwick, Irene Corbin, Carolynn Edwards, Sheila Engelbrecht, Ruth Anne Eubanks, Cathy Freytag, Cheryl Hanson, Bev Huffman, Susan Jones, Marsha Kirksey, Betty Langton, Donna Larsen, Melani Leighton-Floyd, Bev McGuire, Nancy Melton, Kristen Miller, Norma Neill, Janet Reed, Sandy Roberson, Carolyn Turner, Sharon Wear, Margie White, Linda Wilbur and Jo Wohlgemuth.

There is no charge.