Open Doors

School Matinees & Field Trips

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 of matinee experiences for students throughout the school year. All school matinee tickets are $2 each, and ticket applications are required. Kauffman Center school matinees are recommended for middle school aged students.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE 2023 SCHOOL MATINEES:

Jasper Doest, Photographer
A Voice for Nature
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. 

Dutch photographer Jasper Doest creates visual stories that explore the relationship between humankind and nature. From Bob, a rehabilitated flamingo on the island of Curaçao to the Japanese “snow monkeys” that delight in soaking in local hot springs, Doest’s emotional, award-winning images are an urgent reminder of the beauty and fragility of our planet.

Sandesh Kadur, Photographer and Filmmaker
Wild Cats of India
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. 

While many of India’s big cats are well known and thoroughly documented, photographer and filmmaker Sandesh Kadur is on a mission to highlight the country’s lesser-known felines to protect their future. Through Kadur’s captivating images and video, you’ll get an up-close look at a world of wild cats you’ve never seen before. 

Robbie Shone, Photographer
In Deep: Adventures in Caving
Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.

Renowned cave photographer Robbie Shone has traveled to remote parts of the world to illuminate and document the world’s deepest, largest and longest known cave systems. Join Shone for a first-hand account of his gripping adventures descending Veryovkina, the deepest known cave in the world, and get an inside look at the mesmerizing beauty of one of the world’s last known frontiers of exploration. 

Reserve School Matinee Tickets

Contact opendoors@kauffmancenter.org 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 CONCERTS
All tickets are $2. Recommended for grades 3 – 6.

  • Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, October 21, 2022 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

LINK UP: THE ORCHESTRA SINGS
All tickets are $2. Recommended for grades 3 – 5.

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

KINDERKONZERTS: SYMPHONY’S WILD ADVENTURE
All tickets are $2. Recommended for grades K – 3.

  • Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, May 12, 2023 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Click here for more information.

Contact info for questions:
Stephanie Brimhall
Director of Education & Community Engagement


816.218.2639


+Kansas City Ballet

The Nutcracker

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Fee: all seats $12
  • Recommended for grades 2 and above.

A two-act ballet based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s story – featuring vibrant costumes, elaborate scenery and stunning sets, this classic tale tells the timeless story of Clara, the Mouse King and her Nutcracker Prince.

Choreography: Devon Carney
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Music performed by Kansas City Symphony

 

Cinderella

  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Fee: all seats $12
  • Recommended for grades 2 and above.

Devon Carney’s world premiere choreography accompanied by Prokofiev’s captivating music brings this enchanting story to life. Enjoy a special twist on this favorite fairy tale where the characters are sure to delight. The Fairy Godmother, the pumpkin that becomes a carriage, fairies weaving spells, the handsome prince, and of course, the wicked stepmother and riotous, bumbling stepsisters all come together to tell this beloved story.

World Premiere Choreography: Devon Carney
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Music performed by Kansas City Symphony

 

Click here for more information and to complete a ticket order form.

Contact info for tickets:
April Berry
Director of Community Engagement and Education
816.216.5583


+Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Lyric Opera of Kansas City

2022-2023 Student Dress Rehearsal Opportunities

All shows are recommended for grades 5 and above. All operas are performed in their original language with English subtitles and accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony.

Carmen

  • Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 6 p.m.
  • Approximately 3 hours in length.
  • Language: French


La Traviata

  • Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 6 p.m.
  • Approximately 3 hours in length.
  • Language: Italian


The Shining

  • Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 6 p.m.
  • Approximately 2 hours in length.
  • Language: English


Sondheim on Sondheim

  • Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 6 p.m.
  • Approximately 2.5 hours in length.
  • Language: English

 

Click here for more information and to register.

Neal Long
Director of Education & Community Engagement

816.802.6054



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)

Fee:

  • 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.


+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.


+Educational Tours

Educational Tours are private tours that 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.

Educational Tours must be requested through the form below at least three weeks in advance of the requested visit date. Tours are led by knowledgeable volunteer tour guides, and are only available with advance reservations. Please note that tours must be scheduled around the performances and work calls of the technicians, artists, and administrators who produce our amazing events; therefore, tours will not include access to backstage areas and we cannot guarantee that every tour will have the opportunity to view Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall.

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes

Fee: $100 for groups of 35 attendees or fewer and $150 for groups over 35 attendees.

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 an Educational 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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