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Keep up with the latest from Starlight including details about Broadway shows, new programs, history, and more.


Congratulations to the 2024 Blue Star Award Nominees Each year, thousands of high school students across the Kansas City metro wait in anticipation for the announcement of the annual Blue Star Awards nominations. On Thursday, April 25, Starlight leadership, staff, and board members revealed this year’s nominees via in school presentations and in a premiere … Continued

New Arts Bridge Program Brings Ailey Trio to Starlight One of the first events of Starlight’s new Arts Bridge program was a free performance by the Ailey Trio on January 10, 2024. Three dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) brought their talent to Starlight to introduce Alvin Ailey’s vision and legacy to students, … Continued

New Family Series Brings Theatre to Young Audiences The New Year brings a new family series to Starlight. Beginning in March, the Performances for Young Audiences and Families Series will feature international theater companies putting their own twists on classic tales such as The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, and more. … Continued

Apply for a 2024 Starlight Summer Internship Theatre has the power to change lives. Whether it’s a musical that lingers long after the curtain closes or it’s a comedy that keeps you laughing for years. Another way is through Starlight’s Bob Rohlf Summer Internship program. Applications are now available online for college students seeking a … Continued

Starlight Announces Series for Young Audiences As part of Starlight’s $40 million capital campaign, Uniquely KC, the historic theatre is piloting five new programs to enhance the Starlight tradition and extend it to new, diverse participants of all ages. One of the first programs is a Performance Series for Young Audiences to launch in Spring … Continued

Starlight Hosts North Kansas City Schools Program Starlight recently hosted 400 students from North Kansas Public Schools for a venue tour and career pathway presentation. The students are part of the College and Career Pathways program at North Kansas City high schools, an innovative approach to transform the high school experience. As freshmen, students can … Continued

Since 2006, Starlight has been helping young performers develop their unique gifts and experience the life-expanding possibilities of the performing arts through the Vincent Legacy Scholarship program. These scholarships are awarded to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) middle-school students who display talent, passion, and an interest in community service. Following an application and … Continued

Starlight is pleased to share the 2022-23 Blue Star Awards winners, who were just announced in a red-carpet ceremony at Starlight Theatre Wednesday, May 17. Twenty-nine winners took home the top prizes in 26 categories, and more than $6,500 in scholarships were awarded to deserving high school students. The ceremony also featured 11 onstage performances. … Continued

Growing up in Burlington, Kansas, Kameron Cole was the only Black girl in her class—and sometimes the only one in her school.   “While being from a small town can bring a really strong sense of community, it can have its drawbacks,” said Kameron. “So, finding my own identity in a place, that at times … Continued

Each year, thousands of high school students across the Kansas City metro wait in anticipation for the announcement of the annual Blue Star Awards nominations. Today, Starlight leadership, staff, and board members revealed this year’s nominees via in school presentations and in a premiere video on Starlight’s social media. In the 2022-23 Blue Star Awards … Continued

A dancer since she was 4 years old, Phenix Watson performed in her first musical when she was in the 1st grade. Now, she’s a senior at Raytown High School and plans to continue her education in musical theatre after she graduates.  Her performance for Raise Our Voices is a tap dance to the song … Continued

Everything can change in a split second. But what comes after that second?  La’Ron Cooper is a professional Location Sound Mixer who created a soundscape called "Easter Sunday" to tell his story.  A “soundscape” is sound or a combination of sounds to form an immersive environment. The story he tells in this soundscape is deeply … Continued

Singer Catera Combs originally didn’t want to be in the spotlight. When she auditioned for a production in high school, she marked that she preferred not to be in the lead role. Her choir teacher, Jazz Rucker, recognized her talent and asked her to reconsider.   “She left the audience that year. She left the wings … Continued

If you were asked to finish the sentence “I am...”  would you know how to answer? Performer Tripp Starr shares his answer in the latest release of Starlight’s Raise Our Voices video series.   "Growing up, I struggled to know my worth and value as a person and an aspiring artist. I always found myself … Continued

Hundreds of middle school students in the Kansas City Public Schools and Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools were able to experience Monet & Friends Alive at Starlight through the Community Tickets Program. For more than 70 years, the Community Tickets program has offered free tickets to thousands of community members every season. Through partnerships with … Continued

Many people gather during the holidays to celebrate and share updates from the past year. In December, recipients of Starlight’s Vincent Legacy Scholarship, along with Starlight staff and board members, had a chance to celebrate the theatre community and look toward the future. Since 2006, Starlight has proudly awarded Vincent Legacy Scholarships to middle school … Continued

For thousands of high school students across the metro area, the annual musical is a highlight of the school year. Starlight’s Blue Star Awards celebrates the achievements of these students both on the stage and behind the scenes.  The Blue Star Awards program is one of the largest and most admired high school musical theatre … Continued

Claire joins Starlight’s Philanthropy team to support all philanthropic efforts including events management, gift processing, donor cultivation, ticket coordination, and prospect research. She comes directly from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre with a passion for ensuring all members of Kansas City have access to experience the arts. Read on to learn more about the newest … Continued

Join us in congratulating Andrew Lang, Starlight’s new Director of Philanthropy! We sat down with Andrew to discuss his history with Starlight and plans for his new role. Tell us about your history with Starlight. When I was a Junior in High School in Columbia, my sister, Cortney, had just moved to Kansas City and … Continued

Thank you to everyone who attended and donated to Starlight’s 35th Annual Benefit Gala: It Starts at Starlight. On Saturday, October 1, more than 400 patrons and benefactors came together to celebrate the Starlight tradition and Kansas City’s vibrant creative community while acknowledging the impact and importance of the arts. Chaired by Cathy and Rick … Continued

National Arts in Education Week takes place in September every year. We’re celebrating by taking a look back at our recent partnership with Kansas City Public Schools as well as sharing a little about programs at Starlight that help make the arts more accessible to our community.   In 2021, Starlight partnered with Kansas City Public … Continued

Starlight welcomed around 100 residents from the Center for Neighborhoods and the Swope Park area for dinner, a show, and an important community conversation before the Tuesday, August 16 performance of Sister Act.  For several months leading up to the event, Starlight visited with representatives from numerous neighborhood associations, schools, social service agencies, health facilities, … Continued

Supporting arts education in Kansas City, Starlight hosted the 2022 Kansas/Missouri Arts Integration Symposium July 26 and 27 at its historic theatre in Swope Park. More than 100 educators from 15 counties in the Kansas City Metropolitan area received training on utilizing arts integration techniques in their community classrooms. Faculty trained by the John F. … Continued

Starlight is proud to offer its Bob Rohlf interns a variety of professional development opportunities throughout their internship experience. Some of these events and opportunities include networking events, industry informational sessions, and volunteer opportunities with Young Friends of Starlight. In July, Starlight’s interns attended a networking event with GenKC, called Grow to GenKC: Why Kansas … Continued

Do you love watching your favorite shows under the stars at our historic venue? We need your help nominating Starlight Theatre for The Pitch’s 2022 Best of KC awards! With your support, we won the categories of Best Live Music Venue, Best Live Theatre, and Best Outdoor Venue in 2021.   In 2022, we hope to … Continued

Each year, thousands of high school students across the Kansas City metro celebrate their accomplishments at the annual Blue Star Awards Ceremony. This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Blue Star Awards, and 49 schools and more than 3,700 metro area students participated.   For those that may be unfamiliar, Starlight launched the Blue Star … Continued

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