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Open Doors

School Matinees & Field Trips

Students arrive for a school matinee at the Kauffman Center. Photo by Cody Boston.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is passionate about providing youth in our community opportunities to experience high quality performing arts, learn about the facility, and even plan for a future in the arts.

Please sign up at the bottom of the page to join our educator email list and be informed of upcoming opportunities during the school year.

Kauffman Center School Matinees

The Kauffman Center is proud to present a wide-range range of matinee experiences for students throughout the school year.

Spring 2022 National Geographic Live school matinees – updates coming soon! Sign up for our educator email list at the bottom of this page.

Be sure to explore the school matinee opportunities available through our partner organizations listed below. Please email with questions.

School matinees are eligible for bus transportation assistance through our Open Doors program. Transportation assistance applications and more information can be found here.

+Kauffman Center School Matinee Frequently Asked Questions

Who can purchase tickets for these performances?

Any school in the five-county metropolitan Kansas City area and outside the KC metro 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 order information will be sent to the teacher within 2-3 weeks. Teachers are then responsible for sending relevant details to administrators to begin payment process.

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 who are traveling by bus are invited to apply. Also, transportation assistance applications must be submitted at least five business days prior to the scheduled performance.

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

If your approved group needs to cancel a 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. Any school that cancels beyond that deadline 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 .

Partner Organization School Matinees

+Kansas City Symphony

Young People’s Concert: What is an Orchestra?

Approximately 1 hour

Recommended ages: K – 6th grade

Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Young People’s Concerts will be offered virtually.

Click here for more information.

Contact info for questions:
Stephanie Brimhall, Education Manager


+Kansas City Ballet

The Nutcracker

Kansas City Ballet has canceled this year’s student matinee performances of The Nutcracker due to COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Click here for more information.

Contact info for tickets:
April Berry, Community Engagement & Education Manager

+Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Lyric Opera of Kansas City

2021-2022 Student Dress Rehearsal Opportunities

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022 from 6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
  • No intermission
  • Grades 7+, show contains some mature content.


  • Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Includes a 30 minute intermission
  • Grades 7+, show contains some mature content.

Click here for more information and to register.

Neal Long, Manager of Education & Community Engagement


+Storling Dance - The Culture House

STORLING DANCE – The Culture House

Störling Dance Theater’s UNDERGROUND

February 4, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Recommended ages: 3rd grade – 12th grade
Length:  1 hour and 45 minutes (with one intermission), 2 hours with optional student/director/actor Q&A

Störling Dance Theater’s Underground has been called “one of the most vivid, heartfelt, and theatrically astute pieces of dance theater ever to grace a Kansas City stage,” (Kansas City Star) and named one of the top ten performances of the decade! (The Independent)

Choreographed by the duo of Mona Störling-Enna and Tobin James, Underground is a visual tapestry based on true stories of the Underground Railroad. With a cast of more than 50, featuring the talented artists of Störling Dance Theater, the production of this dramatic historical depiction has been hailed as a cultural gift, making it the perfect celebration of the Black History Month and a beautiful portrayal of the American Spirit.

UNDERGROUND will inspire and challenge, awaken and encourage – embraced by a wide and diverse audience from across Kansas City and beyond.

Ticketing for this event is handled through Störling Dance Theater/The Culture House. Click here for ticket reservations, classroom activities and additional information.

Contact info for tickets:
Tonya Franken

More Kauffman Center Field Trip Opportunities

The Kauffman Center Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program offers a wide range of experiences for students to learn from staff and utilize the facility’s resources. Find out more about each of the available experiences below.

+Career Center Stage: Meet the Kauffman Center Staff

Learn about how the Kauffman Center staff runs one of the country’s premiere performing arts centers. Students can learn more about the daily operations and professional departments (e.g. marketing, programming, fundraising, theater production, and more!) These staff Q&A sessions last between 30 – 60 minutes and are often paired with a 45 minute facility tour. Scheduling is based on staff availability, and the Kauffman Center typically hosts no more than one Career Center Stage a month.

Recommended Participants: College and high school classes (available
for up to 30 students at a time)


  • Tour and Career Center Stage: $150, lasts approximately 90 – 120 minutes
  • Tour only: $100, lasts approximately 60 minutes

Fees will be paid for through the Open Doors program if the group is affiliated with non-profit organization (must provide Tax ID number).

To get more information about this program or inquire about availability, please contact the Community Outreach Supervisor at  or 816.994.7227.

+Beyond the Curtain: Backstage Intensive

Beyond the Curtain: Backstage Intensive

As part of our Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, students can participate in a special backstage experience. Students will engage in hands-on-activities, tours, and discussions with some Kauffman Center production staff members. This unique experience is designed to introduce high school and/or college students to careers in technical theatre including lighting, sound, carpentry, or venue management. Participants will be amazed by all the work that happens backstage to create a successful production! Scheduling is based on staff and facility availability, and the Kauffman Center staff typically hosts no more than one Backstage Intensive a quarter.

Recommended Participant Ages: High school or college students ages 15 – 22 years

Duration: Lasts anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours depending on availability and student interests

Fee: $250 (available for up to 25 students at a time)

Fees will be paid for through the Open Doors program if the group is affiliated with a non-profit organization (must provide Tax ID number).

To get more information about this program or inquire about availability, please contact the Community Outreach Supervisor at  or 816.994.7227.

+Children's Architecture Tours

Children’s Architecture Tours

Children’s Tours provide an in-depth look at the facility’s architectural highlights while giving young people the opportunity to explore the Kauffman Center’s performance spaces. Participants will learn about the Kauffman Center’s history and will take part in a discussion about the artistic details throughout the facility. Children’s Tours are available for a $100 flat fee for groups of up to 60 students, and payment in full must be made in advance.

Recommended Participant Ages: 6 – 13 years

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes

Fee: $100 (available for up to 60 students at a time)

Fees will be paid for through the Open Doors program if the group is affiliated with a non-profit organization (must provide Tax ID number).

Request a Children’s Tour

To get more information about this program or inquire about availability, please submit the request form above. A Kauffman Center representative will follow-up with more information.

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Be among the first to learn about educational opportunities at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts by signing up for our Education Email List. By opting in to this education email list, you will receive information about Kauffman Center educational programs as well as performances that will be presented at the Kauffman Center.

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