Kansas Native, UMKC Grad To Help Open Olympics

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Kansas native will have a front-row seat at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

Bryan Pinkall is one of only two Americans on a 250-person team that is producing the opening ceremonies, which air Friday evening. He's managing production operations and directing for part of the ceremony, and is one of several music directors.

The 28-year-old Pinkall is a native of Great Bend and currently is a voice instructor at Kansas State University. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance last year.

The Kansas City Star reports Pinkall can't reveal much of what will happen during the opening ceremonies in Russia. But he's promising that if everything goes well, it will be an 'astounding production.'

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