Kauffman Center Announces Future Stages Festival Lineup Kauffman Center Announces Future Stages Festival Lineup
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has announced the performers and arts activity partners for the fifth annual Future Stages Festival. Kauffman Center Announces Future Stages Festival Lineup

Pictured: Performers from the Lily Zhang Li Dance Academy in the Muriel Kauffman Theater for Future Stages Festival 2017. Photo by Cody Boston.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has announced the performers and arts activity partners for the fifth annual Future Stages Festival. This free community event will be held at the Kauffman Center and will highlight diverse youth performing arts groups from the KC Metro area by giving them a chance to perform on the Center’s stages.

To celebrate the festival’s fifth year, the Kauffman Center is adding a new performance space and featuring more community arts groups than previous years. The event will feature 33 community groups performing throughout the day in Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Helzberg Hall, the Saint Luke’s Outdoor Stage, and a new space, the Community Outdoor Stage. This new stage will feature small act performances and audience engagements including a stage combat training session and a community dance workshop.

The one day event includes free arts activities hosted on the south lawn at the Kauffman Center and indoors in Brandmeyer Great Hall. The wide range of activities include kite creation, building sculptures, creating instruments, and dressing up in costumes.

Future Stages Festival Featured Performances (from the press release):

– AileyCamp
– Arts in Motion Blkdance Shule
– Caruthers Creative Center’s Hot Stepperz
– Charlie Parker Memorial Jazz Ensemble
– Crescendo Conservatory’s Crescendo in Motion
– Fab 4 Quartet
– Future Jazz KC
– Harmony Project KC
– Heart of America Shakespeare Festival: Team Shakespeare
– Heart of America Youth Ballet
– House of Dance/BEST Network
– ICE Studios Youth Dance
– Kansas City Boys Choir/Kansas City Girls Choir
– KC Ballet School
– KC Institute of Chinese Dance and Language
– KC Youth Percussion Ensemble
– KC Young Audiences Dance Students
– KC Young Audiences Garage Band
– Kristi’s Academy of Dance
– Lawrence Ballet Theatre
– Lily Zhang Li Dance Academy
– Lyric Opera: LyriKids
– Metropolitan Conservatory
– MTKC – SunRaise
– Mudra Dance Academy
– O’Riada Irish Dance Academy
– Ottawa Suzuki Strings
– Rhythm-scape
– Starlight STARS
– Take the Stage – Team EXCEL!
– The Smithville Ringleaders
– Traditional Music Society’s Soundz of Africa
– United Dance

Arts Activities Provided by (from the press release):

– American Institute of Architects – Kansas City
– Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
– Great American Kites & Events
– Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
– The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
– Kansas City Ballet
– Kansas City Chiefs
– Kansas City Symphony
– Kansas City Zoo
– KCPT Kids
– Lyric Opera of Kansas City
– Museum at Prairiefire
– Planet Play KC
– StoneLion Puppet Theatre
– UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance


– When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018

– Where: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

– Cost:  FREE and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at kauffmancenter.org/futurestages, however registration is optional. No tickets will be issued. Once registered, attendees will automatically qualify for a drawing to win two tickets to an upcoming performance at the Kauffman Center. All ages are welcome; programming is suggested as most suitable for families with youth ages 4 – 15.

Abigail Trabue Managing Editor

Abigail is the managing editor of PerformInk. She enjoys coffee, converting school buses into RV's and coffee. Abigail holds a degree in Musical Theater from Columbia College Chicago and in her former life was an actor/director/choreographer. In her present life, she's still those things but in addition, she's raising three kids w/ her partner and PerformInk publisher Jason Epperson. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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