The Future Stages Festival is an annual community celebration of young performing artists in Kansas City. This spotlight on youth performances and family friendly programming supports the growth of future artists with a focus on engaging youth performers. All ages can experience the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as artists and patrons through the Future Stages Festival.
The free event included a diverse array of performances along with interactive arts activities. The Future Stages Festival takes place every year through the Kauffman Center’s Spotlight on Youth program. This provides opportunities for youth and community arts organizations. Each year, about 25 groups are chosen through a competitive process. Visit kauffmancenter.org for the full list of performers and organizations in attendance.
Photos from Future Stages Festival 2016
The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival launched its first season in 1993 in Southmoreland Park. Since then, more than 500,000 theater goers from all over the world have shared in the Festival’s classical professional productions each summer. As part of their school programs, the Shakespeare Conservatory is a year-round acting intensive for middle and high school children. Students are able to gain a deeper understanding of Shakespeare through performance of his works. Team Shakespeare is the Festival’s Apprentice acting troupe. Students must complete a year of Shakespeare Conservatory before receiving an invitation to Team Shakespeare.
Heart of America Youth Ballet is a not-for-profit Youth Ballet founded in 1990. The company’s mission is to promote the arts, with emphasis on ballet education and training. Their community service is characterized by dance education, free seminars, and charitable donations. Additionally, the youth ballet has become a regular attraction at the historic Folly Theater.
AIA Kansas City invited children to build their versions of downtown Kansas City. In continuous operation since 1890, the American Institute of Architects Kansas City supports its members, and incorporates the value of the architecture profession, and improves quality of the built environment.
Pianos on Parade had beautifully decorated pianos on display for guests to play a tune. Keys 4/4 Kids, the nonprofit organization behind Pianos on Parade, strives to create a transformation in the lives of children, donors, and our community through the production and exploration of art and music. In addition, their civic programs offer opportunities for artistic expression in our youth, encourage community partnerships, and make the arts available to all people.
StoneLion Puppet Theatre brought the magic of their world-class puppet shows to the Future Stages Festival. Creative artists use multiple styles of puppetry, including marionettes, masks, shadow, mouth, and rod puppets. StoneLion is known for their shows which are fresh, original, educational and fun.
Young attendees got the chance to hear and see some of the orchestra instruments played in the Kansas City Symphony. The Kansas City Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo travels to area classrooms and local places to give children the opportunity to experience different instruments.
The Lyric Opera provided some sweet arts and crafts for the Future Stages Festival. Children gathered to decorate the gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel. The Lyric Opera brings high quality live operatic performances to the people of the Kansas City area and five-state region. Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is part of Lyric Opera’s 2016-2017 season, with performances in September. The setting for this production has been re-imagined as a fantasy carnival world.
Just outside the north side of the Kauffman Center was a space for chalk art drawings. Kansas City Chalk & Walk will host their annual two-day festival in September. Hundreds of professional, student, and amateur artists will have their talents showcased during the event. Guests can enjoy watching the creative works of the artists come to life. There will also be a Children’s Creative Corridor where kids can create chalk art.
Lily and I had yet another wonderful day in Kansas City thanks to the Future Stages Festival! Thanks for reading! While you’re still here why not subscribe to Kiara Loves KC?