Kauffman Center’s Future Stages Festival: Free Family Event

Crescendo in Motion performs in Helzberg Hall. Photo by Rachel Nyhart.

More than 700 youth performers will be featured on four stages at this year’s festival.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce performance groups and arts partners presenting at the 6th Annual Future Stages Festival. On June 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids from 4-18 years of age will present their talents to the Kansas City audience. To RSVP to this FREE event and get up-to-date information on the day’s activities, visit kauffmancenter.org/futurestages.

See highlights of last year’s Future Stages Festival.

As part of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, the Future Stages Festival is a celebration of the arts and youth performers. It is a chance for emerging artists to showcase their talents and passions on the Kauffman Center’s stages. Not only will guests be able to see the talented youth representing many parts of the Greater Kansas City metro area, they can enjoy activities and crafts throughout the day. Activities, such as drawing on the Kauffman Center’s windows and the Selfie Scavenger Hunt, will keep attendees of all ages busy having fun inside and outside of the performance halls.

See all of the fun activities that went on at the 5th Annual Future Stages Festival.

This FREE festival is presented by Kauffman Center’s premier partner Saint Luke’s Health System and will showcase performances by 34 local community arts organizations listed below. Throughout the day, groups will perform on four stages: Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Helzberg Hall, the Saint Luke’s Outdoor Stage, and the Community Stage  on the south lawn. Performing arts genres featured at this year’s festival range from ballet and hip-hop to acrobatics and jazz bands.

Featured Performance Groups at the 6th Annual Future Stages Festival Include:

Soundz of Africa performs in Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Photo by Jillian Shoptaw.

5 Star Jazz Band
AileyCamp the Group
Ballet Folklorico de Topeka
Bharathanatyam from Chilanka School of Dance
Caruthers Dance Studios – The Hot Steppers
Chinese School Dance Group
Crescendo in Motion
Dynamic Dance Competition Team
Harmony Project KC
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival: Team Shakespeare
HK Chinese Folk Dance Group
House of Dance Company
Ice Studios School of Dance
Kansas City Aerial Arts Training Company
Kansas City Boys Choir and Kansas City Girls Choir
Kansas City Dance Company
Kansas City Jazz Academy – Advanced Combo
KC Homeschool Dance
KC Youth Percussion Ensemble
KCYA Community School of the Arts Dancers
Lily Zhang Li Taylor Dance Academy
Los Bailadores de Kansas City
Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Frost High School Honors Artists
Metropolitan Conservatory Orchestra
Miles Swaminathan
Miller Marley School Show Biz Performers
Mudra Dance Academy
School of Rock Kansas City House Band
Starlight STARS
Street Styles Academy’s “Elite Team”
String Sprouts KC
TeamEXCEL! (Take the Stage Program)
The A-Flat Youth Orchestra
The Charlie Parker Memorial Jazz Ensemble
The Last Carnival Circus School

Dancers perform a modern dance piece in Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Photo by Ellie Fehlig.

Activities Provided by: 

American Institute of Architects – Kansas City
College Basketball Experience
Folk Alliance International
Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
Great American Kites & Events
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Kansas City Ballet
Kansas City Broadway Series
Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Symphony
Kansas City Zoo
Latino Arts Foundation
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Mattie Rhodes Center
Museum at Prairiefire
Sporting KC
StoneLion Puppet Theatre
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
Vania Soto – Visual Artist


When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019

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

Cost: FREE and open to the public.

More information: Registration is not necessary as tickets will not be issued. Once registered, attendees will automatically be entered 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 children ages 4-15.

Future Stages Festival 2019, Free Event, Sponsors, Thank You


The Kauffman Center Open Doors program connects young people to the arts through three major components:

– The Open Doors Spotlight on Youth initiative offers year-round programs and engagement opportunities that connect young people with the Kauffman Center.

– The Open Doors Community Tickets program offers free and reduced price performance tickets to underserved audiences through local social service agencies and schools.

– The Open Doors Transportation Fund helps schools offer high quality performing arts experiences to students by eliminating or defraying the costs of bus transportation.

More information about Open Doors programs is available at: kauffmancenter.org/open-doors.

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