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Our 2024 Summer Series has something for everyone! Come see how these three casts will put together a full production in just one week! Tickets go on sale June 10th.

To learn about auditions, click here: Audition Information

Want to book a Field Trip for our 2024-2025? Contact Chrissi Edwards at chrissi@firstactkc.org.

Announcing: Our 2024-2025 Season

Why "Premiere" and "Family" Series?

The “Premiere Series” label gives us the opportunity to stretch our boundaries and pick new, exciting, and less standard shows. Second, it allows us to be upfront with parents and families about some advanced or difficult material and topics covered in these shows. No show on our season will compromise First Act KC’s core values, but we firmly believe that by engaging with difficult topics through the lens of theatre, and by doing it will full-knowledge of our faith-based and educational mission, we are able to give our students a safe and nurturing space to learn and understand a wider range of theatre.

Our “Family Series” shows will be the classic titles you’re used to, plus a few new ones. These will be the First Act KC productions you know and love – accessible for all ages, all audiences, and all families! And plenty of amazing singing, dancing, and acting that will leave you saying, “I can’t believe that was a youth theatre production!”

2024 Summer Series


Drama Camp: 12 Angry Jurors

Frantze Family Black Box at Avila University

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Adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose which was later adapted in to the well-known film starring Henry Fonda.

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. “This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says the foreign-born juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing.” But personal it is, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become “12 Angry Men.” 

Middle School Camp: Bye Bye Birdie

Bell Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University

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A loving musical send-up of the early 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye Bye Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses all-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for kids, and a hilarious script, Bye Bye Birdie remains one of the most popular shows in schools across the country. Hit songs include “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids!” and “Rosie.”

High School Camp: Curtains

Bell Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University

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It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast & crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan! Packed with glorious tunes and a witty, charming script filled with delightful characters, CURTAINS is a hilarious journey for both performers and the audience. The Broadway production garnered 8 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards® including Best Musical.

Ticket Policies

It is First Act’s policy to not cancel shows for any reason. If guests choose not to attend a show they have tickets for, no refunds or exchanges will be provided.

On the very rare occasion when First Act Theatre Arts must cancel a show due to inclement weather, guests may exchange their tickets at no charge for another performance of the same show or get credit towards another show within the same season. To exchange tickets for another performance of the same show, guests will need to present their canceled tickets at the theatre box office before their preferred performance. The request will be accommodated as long as there are tickets available. The theatre box office opens one hour prior to performance. If a guest chooses to get credit towards another show, they must call the First Act Theatre Arts Box Office within 30 days of the cancelled performance.