Community Tickets

KCPA OpenDoors LogoThe Kauffman Center for the Performance Arts is passionate about providing youth in our community opportunities to experience high quality performing arts. The Open Doors Community Tickets program offers reduced or even free tickets to help local social service agencies, schools and home schools bring children to performances.

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Kauffman Center Presents

National Geographic Live!portrait_Anand Varma_©Jeanne Modderman

Anand Varma presenting Beauty and the Bizarre 

  • Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 10:30am

All Tickets: $2
Length: Approximately 1 hour
Themes: biology, biodiversity, photography
Suggested Grades: 5-10

When Anand Varma takes a photograph of a parasitic wasp consuming a caterpillar from the inside, he doesn’t want you to be disgusted—he wants you to be amazed! He’s devoted years of his life to perfecting his techniques to create dramatic, bizarre—and beautiful—images of the miniature world around us. In these unique images, he reveals the secret life cycle of the honeybee, captures the lightning-fast behaviors of hummingbirds, and offers students a rare and astonishing glimpse at our world’s small wonders.

Teachers: Check out this year’s National Geographic Live study guide for more background on this presenter, details on visiting the Kauffman Center, and a wide-range of classroom resources.

National Geographic Live Student Matinee Study Guide (pdf)

Ticket Form

National Geographic Live student matinees are now eligible for bus transportation assistance through our Open Doors program. Transportation assistance applications and more information can be found here.

+Frequently Asked Questions

Who can purchase tickets for these performances?

Any school in the five-county metropolitan Kansas City area can submit an order form to purchase tickets for students and chaperones to attend any of the Kauffman Center Presents student matinees. Homeschool groups are also welcome to purchase tickets to these performances.

How long will it take to review my order form?

Orders will be processed as they are received and confirmation emails with invoices will be sent to the teacher and billing contact within 2-3 weeks.

Are all the Kauffman Center student matinee performances eligible for Transportation Assistance?

Each year, there will be over twenty school matinee performances, and they are listed under the Student Matinee page of our website. At this time, all student matinee performances qualify for the Open Doors Transportation Assistance program. Please be aware that only groups with more than 20 students that are traveling by bus are invited to apply. Also, transportation assistance applications must be received at least 4 business days prior to the scheduled performance.

What if my group reserves tickets to a Kauffman Center Presents student matinee, but we need to cancel at a later date?

If your approved group needs to cancel a National Geographic Live student matinee reservation, please let the Kauffman Center know as early as possible by sending a notification to Tickets must be paid for in full no later than one month prior to the performance date, and if a school cancels beyond that point, they will not receive a refund.

Can our school change our total number of students and adults attending in the months or weeks leading up to the performance?

Yes, you can adjust your numbers as needed, but all changes are subject to ticket availability. All changes must be made by one month prior to the performance date when ticket payment is also due.

For any other questions, please send an email to Open Doors at

Social Service Agencies

We are currently building a network of local social service agencies to help us reach families with Open Doors Community Tickets opportunities. If you are an agency serving families and children in the Kansas City metropolitan area and are interested in learning more about opportunities to participate in Open Doors community Tickets, please email us at for more details on how you can participate.