Farris ‘Promise’ event for long-term funding

By Sara Seidel/For The Richmond News

The public is invited to the gala festivities as the Farris Theatre kicks off its “Our Promise” campaign Saturday at the historic venue.

Featuring performances, hors d’oeuvres and beverages, the event will launch a major capital campaign.

“The campaign will enable the theater to keep the promise made when the Farris reopened in 1999,” said Friends of the Farris board president Rob Swafford

Honorary campaign co-chairs are Lucille Gill, Dr. Cameron LaBarr and Lynn Seward Fryer. All three have strong ties to the theater, Swafford said.

Seward Fryer, a Richmond native who is retired from the U.S. Navy Band, will perform on stage, leading a clarinet quartet with piano accompaniment. The daughter of two noted Richmond High School Band directors, the late Ken and Nancy Seward, Seward Fryer has appeared throughout the United States as a soloist and clinician.

“Lynn has prepared a program acknowledging the theater’s past, present and future,” Swafford said. “She attributes her own musical accomplishments at least in part to the Farris, and she’s eager to share with the audience her memories of the theater’s past and her hopes for its future.”

Performing with Seward Fryer will be Stephanie Landwehr of Richmond, Elizabeth Hamann Pruyear of Blue Springs, Tom Moran of Raytown and Jamie Heil of Kearney.


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