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    Posted March 9, 2011

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KC singer and actress Karen Errington dies at 49

The Kansas City Star

Karen Errington

Karen Errington, a Kansas City-based actress who was known for her powerful singing voice and charismatic stage presence, died early Tuesday after battling a recurrence of breast cancer for several months. She was 49.

Errington, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., had lived in Kansas City since 1991. She had worked for most of the theater companies in town, including the Unicorn, the American Heartland, the New Theatre, Kansas City Actors Theatre and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.

Her last performance before becoming ill again was in the Musical Theater Heritage concert production last summer of “1776.”

Errington was a versatile actress who was equally at home in wacky shows like “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” and in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Wit.”

She performed in many cabaret shows at Quality Hill Playhouse and was a member of the Divas, a female quartet that performed at industrial shows and private engagements for Epic Entertainment, a production company affiliated with Starlight Theatre.

On Friday, friends and colleagues performed a benefit called “Everybody’s Girl” for a standing-room-only audience at the American Heartland Theatre. The list of performers read like a who’s who of musical-theater actors, many of whom had worked frequently with Errington over the years.

Tim Scott, one of the organizers, said the event took in almost $23,000. The money will help Errington’s husband, actor David Fritts, and her son, Jack Fritts, defray medical expenses.

The event was recorded, and Errington was able to watch it on DVD the next day. Copies of the DVD will be available to the public, Scott said. Inquiries should be addressed to

Actress Alison Sneegas Borberg was one of several people who spent time with Errington in recent days. Sneegas Borberg said Errington had a good day Sunday with a room full of friends and loved ones.

Errington also asked Sneegas Borberg to plan her memorial service, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Heartland Community Church, 12175 S. Strang Line Road, Olathe.

To reach Robert Trussell, call 816-234-4765 or send e-mail to

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