Welcome to Starlight

Starlight is the oldest and largest continually operating nonprofit performing arts organization in Kansas City, Missouri. Providing live performances, community programs, and hosting thousands of guests in a theatre of nearly 8,000 seats, Starlight is a historic landmark nestled in the heart of the city.

Discover Starlight

A Campaign for Starlight

Uniquely KC

Through venue improvements and programs expansion, the Uniquely KC Campaign will enhance the Starlight tradition and extend it to new, diverse participants of all ages.

Rendering of canopy over audience

Plan Your Visit

The Starlight Experience

Everyone belongs at Starlight.

Every visit to Starlight is different. Bring theatre to life for students. Get caught up in the excitement of a Broadway show. Experience live music from your favorite band. Celebrate a special occasion. It’s all here at Starlight.

Marching Band during Legally Blonde
Audience reacts during the Blue Star Awards
Adults and kids in Starlight tshirts
Performance during Blue Star Awards
Young the Giant
Family at Community Movie Night
Starlight stage house and landscaping
Women dancing at a concert
People in Van Gogh interactive dispay
Couple taking a picture
Starlight Gala
Latin jazz band
Family at Starlight
Barenaked Ladies concert
Starry Night fundraisers
Singer at the Blue Star Awards
A group of smiling people posing together at an outdoor event, some holding drinks, with the Starlight Theatre in the background. An audience and stage set for live music are visible too.
Cast of Legally Blonde
Robert Plant
Kids at Community movie night
Blue Star Awards winners
Jack Black in Tenacious D
Mom and young girl
Scene from Legally Blonde
Hairspray performance
Young boy dancing
Student performers on stage during the Blue Star Awards
Man showing children how to play an instrument

When people get exposed to art and theatre, they start dreaming. And then maybe start believing that they can do it, too.”

Deborah Wiebrecht Variety KC Children’s Charity

Our history

Starlight has been part of the Kansas City community since 1950.

Our historic theatre in Kansas City’s Swope Park is the oldest and largest continuously operated outdoor theatre in the country.

Black and white photo of Starlight Theatre in the 1950s

Bravo to our generous sponsors!

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