Photo recap: Future Stages Festival 2023, celebrating 10 years!

Walk through Future Stages Festival and get a glimpse at our 10th anniversary party!

We were thrilled to host nearly 3,500 visitors at our 2023 Future Stages Festival! The event featured more than 650 talented young artists (from 30 performance groups) and fun activities from 20 community partners. Whether it was your first time at the Center, or you’ve been here multiple times, thank you for attending and we hope you had a blast! Thanks to our supporters PNC Bank, Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Marlese and Robert Gourley Children’s Fund, Frank and Margaret G. McGee Fund, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund and JE Dunn. Special thanks to our Premier Partner, Saint Luke’s Health System.

SAVE THE DATE! Future Stages Festival will return next summer on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

Photo by Starra Zweygardt. Dancers from the Kansas City Institute of Chinese Language and Culture perform on Muriel Kauffman Theatre stage during Future Stages Festival on June 11, 2023.

Photo by Sara Unrein. Audiences enjoy performances on the Kansas City Symphony’s Mobile Music Box.

Photo by Sara Unrein. A St. Joseph Arts Academy performer on the Mobile Music Box Stage.

Photo by Bernadette Hursh. Street Styles Academy performs on Saint Luke’s Outdoor Stage.

Photo by Ellie Fehlig. MSACP Orchestra on stage in Helzberg Hall.

Photo by Bernadette Hursh. Future Stages Festival performers pose for a photo in front of a balloon display courtesy of festival sponsor Saint Luke’s Health System.

Photo by Bernadette Hursh. Attendees enjoy a photo booth presented by American Theatre Guild.

Photo by Bernadette Hursh. There was lots of hometown pride with our Super Bowl champion cheerleaders, the Kansas City Chiefs.

Photo by Bernadette Hursh. Approximately 20 community partners presented activities and learning opportunities for patrons at the festival.

Photo by Bernadette Hursh. The festival concluded with a special anniversary performance on the front drive by the Pythons Drill Team.