Thursday, April 21, 2022

Ellen McDonald, Publicist
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Kauffman Center’s ninth annual festival features more than 30 youth performance groups.

Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce the line-up of performers who will take the stage during the ninth annual Future Stages Festival. This free community event highlights diverse youth performing artists from the Kansas City region. Performance groups were selected through an application process and represent a variety of performing arts disciplines.

After two years of successful virtual festivals, the Kauffman Center is thrilled to be returning to an in-person format on Sunday, June 12. More than 30 youth performance groups will showcase their talents throughout the day on four stages: Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Helzberg Hall, the Saint Luke's Outdoor Stage and the outdoor Community Stage. Additional family-friendly arts activities will be hosted on the south lawn and indoors in Brandmeyer Great Hall.  

“It’s a wonderful experience to see young performers take the stage during Future Stages Festival,” Kauffman Center President and CEO Paul Schofer said. “It’s an event that I, our staff and our community look forward to each year, and we are thrilled to provide this great family-friendly experience in-person once again on Sunday, June 12.”  

RSVP to receive updated details regarding the performance and activity schedule in the weeks leading up to Future Stages Festival. Event details, including COVID policies, can be found at

View images from the sixth annual Future Stages Festival held on June 16, 2019.

View images from the 2021 Virtual Future Stages Festival.


  • 5 Star Jazz Band
  • A-Flat Youth Orchestra
  • AileyCamp The Group
  • Artful Poetry Youth Winners
  • Bharathanatyam from Chilanka School of Dance
  • Camerata Orchestra - Harmony Project KC
  • Chinese School of Greater Kansas City
  • Creative Emajinations FreeStyle Dancers
  • Crescendo in Motion
  • First Act Dance Company
  • IGNITE Youth Contemporary Dance Group
  • Jasmine Dance Group
  • Kansas City Aerial Arts
  • Kansas City Institute of Chinese Language and Culture dance team
  • Kathak Aura
  • KC Youth Percussion Ensemble
  • KCYA Community School of the Arts Dancers
  • Lawrence Arts Center Irish Dancers
  • Lawrence Ballet Theatre
  • Los Bailadores de Kansas City
  • Lyric Singers of St. Joseph Youth Chorale
  • O'Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance
  • Ovation
  • Priscilla & Dana's Tap Dance Company
  • Rebel Song Academy by Art as Mentorship
  • Refine The Studio
  • St. Joseph Arts Academy
  • St. Joseph Arts Showcase
  • Starlight Stars
  • Storybook Theatre
  • The Kansas City Boys Choir and The Kansas City Girls Choir
  • The Last Carnival
  • The Young MAIsterSingers
  • Youth Symphony of Kansas City Summer High School Band Ensemble


  • When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2022 
  • Where: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108  
  • Cost: The festival is FREE and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at to receive the latest event updates and schedule for performances and activities. Registration is optional, but encouraged, and no tickets will be issued. Parking is available in the Arts District Garage for $10 per vehicle. 

Future Stages Festival is presented by Premier Partner

This event is also supported by

Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts - Commerce Bank, Trustee, Anonymous, National Endowment for the Arts, Marlese and Robert Gourley Children's Fund, Frank and Margaret McGee Fund, Missouri Arts Council, NuWin Foundation and JE Dunn.

Additional support is provided by media partners Cumulus Media and KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC.  


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:

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