Indoor and outdoor summer shows onstage 

See websites for show descriptions, showtimes and prices (where they apply).

Starlight Theatre
June 5–September 2
Swope Park
4600 Starlight Road
816-363-7827, kcstarlight.com

This longtime theater under the moon and stars offers award-winning Broadway shows.

In the Heights
June 5–10
The Addams Family
July 3–8
Memphis
July 10–15
Peter Pan
July 24–29
Aida
August 3–12
La Cage aux Folles
August 28–September 2

Theatre in the Park
June 8–August 12
Shawnee Mission Park
7710 Renner Road, in Shawnee
913-236-1237, theatreinthepark.org

This summer's season, in one of the largest outdoor community theaters in the country, is a mix that includes two PG-rated shows and one R-rated production (according to Theatre in the Park's own film-style, age-appropriate rating system).

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Rated R
June 8–10, 14-17
Legally Blonde
Rated PG
June 22–24,
June 28–July 1
The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty
Both shows are performed each night as separate one-act musical plays (approximately 40 minutes each)
Rated G
July 6–8, 12–15
Urinetown
Rated PG
July 20–22, 26–29
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Rated G
August 3–5, 9–12

The Coterie Theatre
Crown Center
2450 Grand
816-474-6552. coterietheatre.org

The Coterie's summer production, written by Mary Rodgers (daughter of famous composer Richard Rodgers), is based on the children's story The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen. Only this show has Ron Megee in it, plus Julie Shaw as the queen.

Once Upon a Mattress
June 19–August 8

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Tuesdays–Sundays, June 19–July 15, and Monday, July 2
No performance July 4
Southmoreland Park
Oak Street and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard
816-531-7728, kcshakes.org

Two plays this summer are performed in rotating repertory, each production shown every other night.

A Midsummer's Night Dream
Antony and Cleopatra

The Barn Players
6219 Martway, Mission
913-432-9100, thebarnplayers.org

Prelude to a Kiss
June 1–17
Parallel Lives
July 20–August 5
Revolution: A Tribute to the Beatles
August 10–12 (2012 fundraiser)
Blood Brothers
September 14–30

Kansas City Fringe Festival
July 19–29
816-359-9195, kcfringe.org

Fringe originated in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has spread around the world. Shows range from the amateur to the more established — and you don't always know which you're seeing (which is part of the fun). But all offer artists the freedom to express themselves however they wish. See the website for information.

Kansas City Actors Theatre
August 4–September 16
H&R Block City Stage Union Station
35 West Pershing Road
816-235-6222 (tickets), kcactors.org

Last year, this professional local ensemble took on Harold Pinter. This year, it's "A Summer of Mystery."

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap
August 4–26
Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound
September 1–16

Musical Theater Heritage
Off Center Theatre at Crown Center
2450 Grand
816-842-9999 (tickets), 816-221- 6987 (information)
mthkc.com

Following April's production of Sweeney Todd, this third show of MTH's 10th season finds its semi-staged footing in River City with a 25-member cast.

The Music Man
August 9–26

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