Annual Fund

For more than 60 years, Starlight Theatre has been a cultural icon in the heart of Swope Park. At its inception in the 1950s, the Theatre was the stage for light opera and traditional Broadway musicals, built in direct response to citizens’ desire for such an outdoor entertainment venue. Desert Song opened the first regular season on June 25, 1951, at a time when nearly 40 professional, self-producing outdoor theatres existed in the United States. Today, only three remain in operation.

Starlight Theatre has grown to represent a fiscally sound, highly-acclaimed, nationally-known theatre organization boasting physical facilities unrivaled in our community.

Your donation to our Annual Fund allows us to ensure the high quality and integrity of our programming, ensure our guest experience remains transformative, and close gaps in any program funding in our important Education and Outreach efforts.

With questions or to arrange for a personal presentation or on-site tour, please contact: Lindsey Rood-Clifford, Director of Development at 816.997.1127 or

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