See websites for show descriptions, showtimes and prices (where they apply).
June 5–September 2
4600 Starlight Road
This longtime theater under the moon and stars offers award-winning Broadway shows.
In the Heights
The Addams Family
La Cage aux Folles
August 28–September 2
Theatre in the Park
June 8–August 12
Shawnee Mission Park
7710 Renner Road, in Shawnee
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
June 8–10, 14-17
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)
July 6–8, 12–15
July 20–22, 26–29
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
August 3–5, 9–12
The Coterie Theatre
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
Oak Street and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard
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
Prelude to a Kiss
July 20–August 5
Revolution: A Tribute to the Beatles
August 10–12 (2012 fundraiser)
Kansas City Fringe Festival
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
Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound
Musical Theater Heritage
Off Center Theatre at Crown Center
816-842-9999 (tickets), 816-221- 6987 (information)
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