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Tallgrass Creek resident pursues new adventure in front of the camera

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June 20th, 2019
Resident Cathleen Turick (left) shares information about her Irish roots with Karen Cox, host of 1851 Studio Chats, Tallgrass Creek’s new talk show. Cathleen was a guest earlier this year on the monthly show which focuses on residents’ unique experiences

Resident Cathleen Turick (left) shares her Irish roots with Karen Cox, host of 1851 Studio Chats, Tallgrass Creek’s new talk show. Cathleen was a guest earlier this year on the monthly show which focuses on residents’ unique experiences.

The studio lights are bright and the camera is rolling as Tallgrass Creek resident Karen Cox chats with one of her neighbors on 1851 Studio Chats, the Overland Park, Kans. community’s new talk show.  

Karen hosts the half-hour show, which gets its catchy name from channel 1851, the community’s in-house television station. A new segment is taped every few weeks in the Prairie View Theater located in Goldfinch Lane, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building. The show streams frequently on channel 1851. 

Karen has been interested in television work since she was on a televised arts program in high school.

“It’s fun trying something new,” says Karen.

Timely topics

Karen’s unique opportunity came about when she was chatting with Resident Life Manager Jan Magee, and the idea of a talk show came up. 

“Jan is always encouraging, so I decided to give it a try,” says Karen. 

Karen focuses on thematic topics for the show and relies on her own life experiences and those of her guests. She researches each topic thoroughly on the Internet and “in our wonderful library here at Tallgrass.” 

On-air interviews with neighbors include discussions about food preparation (including their favorites and their disasters); unique traditions for holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and St. Patrick’s Day; interesting travel experiences; and more.  

The show is filmed and edited by Rod Zeigler from resident life who, earlier in his career, hosted a talk show. Along with Ellen Neyman, also from resident life, they both keep things upbeat and relaxing during filming.  

“It’s comforting to know Rod has good editing ability,” laughs Karen. 

Tallgrass Creek neighbors are not the only fans of 1851 Studio Chats. Karen mentioned her new venture to a fellow actor whose daughter is a freelance journalist. She contacted Karen and sat in on a filming session. Soon after, an entertaining article with photos about 1851 Studio Chats, appeared in The Kansas City Star

Passion for acting

Karen loves theater and has performed in different productions for years, even fitting it around her busy career as a nurse anesthetist. Since retiring, she has joined the Senior Barn Players, a theater group that performs at local venues, including Tallgrass Creek. 

Karen is among many residents who share interests and talents with their neighbors. Community members have learned to play the ukulele or hand chimes, garden, create art, dance, understand technology, and much more.

Karen says her adventure in front of the camera wouldn’t have happened anywhere but Tallgrass Creek. 

“The staff always says if you have a passion to try something, then start it,” says Karen. “Their support and enthusiasm are wonderful.” 

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