Starlight Returns, Gives Back to Community

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Posted by Bob Evans

Thanking healthcare workers for their tireless service, dedication and care during the pandemic, Starlight has donated 1,000 tickets to AdventHealth employees           for the musical Godspell.

Starlight’s summer season opens with Godspell, a sensational and celebratory musical retelling of the Gospel of Matthew. To mark the first production of the 2021 AdventHealth Broadway Series, Starlight is giving back to the community by recognizing the healthcare heroes that have supported Kansas City through the COVID-19 pandemic. To thank healthcare workers for their service and hard work during this difficult time, Starlight has donated 1,000 tickets to AdventHealth employees for Godspell, which will be presented at Starlight June 22-27.

Patrons coming to Starlight this summer will also notice that several exciting changes have occurred since the last Broadway season in 2019, including improvements to the venue’s alignment with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Such ADA improvements include an increased number of ADA seating locations in all price levels, new easy-to-follow directional signage, raised seating in the outer Terrace sections, leveled walkways in key areas throughout the venue, a new accessible route and updated assistive listening devices. This project was city-managed and funded by an approximately $3.1 million investment from the City of Kansas City.

Starlight has also partnered with Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City, or Variety KC, to provide a range of accessibility services in the Starlight venue. These include ADA parking spaces identified by Variety KC signage in the A Lot and Zebra Lot. Communication boards have been installed at Starlight’s Guest Information Kiosks. Also available at the kiosks are printed copies of communication boards and sign language boards, as well as improved sensory kits that patrons can check out for free on performance nights. These sensory kits have noise-canceling headsets, weighted blankets and fidget toys for patrons who need them. The Variety KC partnership has also included the installation of universal changing tables. Starlight continues to evaluate patrons’ needs to ensure that all Starlight visitors have a positive and memorable experience.

 Additionally, Starlight is partnering with the Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City (TCF) during Godspell, holding a TCF food drive on every Godspell performance night to benefit local creatives experiencing financial hardship. Audience members are encouraged to bring nonperishables and basic hygiene items to donate. 

 As arts and culture get back on their feet, Starlight is proud to be participating in the gradual return to the Kansas City we know and love. Since the beginning of the organization’s history as a nonprofit, Starlight has partnered with other local nonprofits to offer 364 free tickets for each Broadway show to community members who may not otherwise be able to attend a performance, through Starlight’s Community Tickets program. For more information about applying for the 2022 Community Tickets program, interested local organizations may contact communitytickets@kcstarlight.com.

 Starlight is thrilled to welcome visitors back in person to watch live performances such as Godspell as part of the 2021 AdventHealth Broadway Series. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Starlight Theatre Ticket Office at (816) 363-7827, or online at kcstarlight.com. Groups of 10 or more may save up to 25% on their purchase of group tickets. For more information about Starlight group ticket purchases, contact Starlight’s Group Sales Coordinator, Toni Talley, at (816) 997-1137 or groups@kcstarlight.com.

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  SAFETY PROTOCOLS

 Staying safe is Starlight’s priority. Stay up-to-date on Starlight’s safety protocols on Starlight’s Staying Safe webpage, kcstarlight.com/visit-starlight/staying-safe.

  About Starlight

 Opened as a theatre in 1950 and a nonprofit organization in 1951, Starlight is the largest and oldest performing arts institution in Kansas City and provides inspiring, one-of-a-kind experiences to its patrons. Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts in addition to offering extensive community engagement programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation. Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s historic, city-owned venue is the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country and includes rehearsal halls, a museum, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage. For more information, visit kcstarlight.com.

 About Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City

 The mission and purpose of the Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City (TCF) is to support all Kansas City theatre performing artists and technicians during financial distress or hardship with volunteer support, food bank accessibility and financial relief. For more information about TCF, visit theatrefundkc.org.

 About Variety KC

 Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City, or Variety KC, is a volunteer-driven organization committed to providing children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion. At the heart of Variety’s achievements are the remarkable contributions of people in the community.

 Variety KC helps special-needs children gain mobility and freedom, get out and about in the community, achieve independence, increase self-esteem and integrate into mainstream school and activities. For more information about Variety KC, visit varietykc.org.




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