Starlight Taking Applications for Community Tickets

Starlight Taking Applications for Community Tickets

Theatre continues annual tradition of providing free tickets to local not-for-profit groups

Starlight CrowdStarlight Theatre is continuing its 64-year-old tradition of offering free nights of Broadway musicals to not-for-profit groups serving individuals who might otherwise miss out.  Since the theatre’s inaugural season in 1951, the Starlight Community Ticket Program has distributed 364 free tickets every night of every Broadway performance to select groups and the individuals they serve.

Applications for the Starlight Community Ticket Program are now being accepted for Starlight’s 2014 Broadway season. This year, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations operating in Kansas and Missouri may choose from five Broadway shows at Starlight – a total of 31 performance nights with more than 11,200 free tickets available. In 2013, 113 local not-for-profit organizations received free tickets through this program.

“The Starlight Community Ticket Program focuses on groups dedicated to enhancing the lives of underprivileged and at-risk youth, the medically dependent or disabled, and low-income older adults. We do, however, also try to give all new groups that apply at least some of the tickets they request provided that they meet our qualifications,” said Bob Potemski, Starlight House Manager and program administrator.

Starlight’s 2014 Broadway Season: The Wizard of Oz (June 10-June 15), We Will Rock You (June 17-22), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 8-13), The Sound of Music (July 25-31), and Blue Man Group (September 9-14).

Community Ticket applications and program details are available at  under “Education and Outreach” or by contacting Bob Potemski at or 816.997.1163. A completed application packet must be received no later than 5 p.m. March 21.

Starlight Theatre, winner of the 2013 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts, offers extensive community outreach and educational programming including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the country.

Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage.  Starlight is operated in partnrship with KC Parks. For more information, visit