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Starlight Theatre announces free tickets for other not-for-profit organizations

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Starlight Theatre continues its 64-year-old tradition of offering free nights of Broadway musicals to not-for-profit groups serving individuals who might otherwise miss out, as announced Feb. 3, 2014.

Since its inception in 1951, Starlight recognizes the need to assist other not-for-profit organizations and assist them in providing services (tickets) to those who would not normally consider Starlight productions, a Starlight spokesman said. Starlight distributes more than 350 tickets each night of every Broadway performance to selected groups and the individuals those groups serve.

Applications for the Starlight Community Ticket Program are now being accepted for Starlight’s 2014 Broadway season. For the 2014 season, the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations operating in Kansas and Missouri may choose from five Broadway shows at Starlight – a total of 31 performance nights with more than 11,200 free tickets available. Just last summer season, 113 local not-for-profit organizations received free tickets through this program.

“The Starlight Community Ticket Program focuses on groups dedicated to enhancing the lives of underprivileged and at-risk youth, the medically dependent or disabled, and low-income older adults. We do, however, also try to give all new groups that apply at least some of the tickets they request provided that they meet our qualifications,” said Bob Potemski, Starlight House Manager and program administrator.

Starlight’s 2014 Broadway Season: The Wizard of Oz (June 10-June 15), We Will Rock You (June 17-22), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 8-13), The Sound of Music (July 25-31), and Blue Man Group (September 9-14).

Community Ticket applications and program details are available at kcstarlight.com under “Education and Outreach” or by contacting Bob Potemski at community@kcstarlight.com or 816.997.1163. A completed application packet must be received no later than 5 p.m. March 21.

Starlight Theatre, the second largest outdoor theater venue in the United States, won the 2013 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). Starlight Theatre continues to be thelargest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City.

Starlight Theatre opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951. Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts, offers extensive community outreach and educational programming including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the country.

For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com

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