First Act Theatre Arts brings the best in children’s theatre to students throughout the city! Literature from the classroom comes to life on stage in family-friendly, high-quality productions with colorful costumes, professional staging, energetic choreography and singing. School Day performances are designed specifically for elementary and middle school classes, and more than 3,000 students attend our productions each year. All performers and crew members are students ages 8-18. 

First Act Theatre Arts is offering a special rate for our school day performances. Tickets are only $8 each! (Please note, thanks to generous donors we are also able to offer a discounted ticket price of $5 to Title One schools.) We also offer one complimentary adult ticket for every 10 student tickets purchased. Each performance will last approximately 2 1/2 hours with a brief intermission. If students would like to eat a sack lunch at the theatre, there is available space in the lobby of the Bell Center for a picnic-style lunch after the performance and before boarding your bus.

To top it off, we provide free, STANDARDS-BASED lesson plans and materials (for every school day show!) to support instruction before and after the trip to the theatre.

School day performance tickets are going fast and we anticipate that several school day performances will sell out very soon! You may place a reservation (with a tentative ticket amount) to secure your tickets now, however, payment is not due until 2 weeks prior to the performance date.

To reserve your tickets, please call Chrissi Edwards at the First Act Theatre Arts Office at 913-681-3318 OR email the First Act Theatre Arts Box Office at

If reserving by email, please include the following information:

  • School Name
  • School Contact
  • Grade
  • # of student tickets
  • # of adult tickets
  • Desired Production
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The Technical Director is a BRAND NEW position for First Act KC! The TD will be assisting directors and parent committees working on all the technical elements of our productions, which include sets, costumes, props, makeup, tech, and backstage. Becky is here to help you answer your questions on how to build, create, locate, and organize everything that goes into making a production run smoothly. You'll see her around during every tech week, working on the lighting design, and also assisting on those last minute fixes that always seem to come up! 

This design will come in a short sleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt or crew neck sweatshirt. Order before September 15th!

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We are so excited to welcome Annette Choti to our Board of Directors!

Auditions for our troupes are coming up this October!


Ages: 12-18

Auditions: October 7th 10AM - 1PM

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Ages: 12-18

Auditions: October 14th 4:00-5:30 PM

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See the 23-24 MT Troupe's first performance at Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival on September 16th at noon!

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September 5 - Hello Dolly 1st Parent Meeting

September 8 - A Christmas Story 1st Parent Meeting

September 9 - Ballet Workshop

September 9 - MT Troupe Rehearsal

September 9 - Harvey Parent Meeting

September 10 - Acting & Vocal Studio Hour

September 16 - MT Troupe Performance at Friends of Shawnee Town Festival

September 24 - Acting & Vocal Studio Hour

September 25 - Mommy & Me

October 7 - Dance Company Auditions

October 7 - Dance Workshops

October 14 - Improv Troupe Auditions

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