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24th Season of Shakespeare in the Park

Twelfth Night

For its 24th season, the Festival will present Twelfth Night; or, What You Will, Shakespeare's hilarious romantic comedy set in romantic Illyria. The play explores love, loss and reunion along with ambition, madness and gender reversal -- all with lots of humor. The production dates are June 14 - July 3, 2016, Tuesday - Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Festival admission continues to be donation only.  

For professional actors, auditions will be held in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 2015. Actors are required to make an appointment; to schedule, call 816-531-7728 Monday - Friday from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.  The office will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday November 27.

Actors should prepare 2 contrasting Shakespearean monologues, totaling 3 minutes, and bring a resume and headshot. All auditions will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 6401 Wornall Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64113

Shakespeare's First Folio

2016 Events All Year Long

Neary four centuries after its publication, one of the world's rarest and most valuable books - the first collection of William Shakespeare's works - will go on display at the Kansas City Public Library as part of a national traveling exhibition in 2016. 

The downtown Central Library will serve as the lone host site in Missouri for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. On display from June 6-28, the exhibit will be the centerpiece of a months-long celebration of Shakespeare, partnering with local and national scholars and an arrea of area institutions and organizations in offering speaking presentations, stage productions, film screenings and discussions, workshops, and other activities for children and adults. 

The Festival is proud to be a local partnering organization and will present events throughout the year. Our FIRST event for the FIRST FOLIO is in January 2016 as a part of the Library's 10th season of Script-in-Hand performances that feature the works and stories of Shakespeare.

Save the Date:
January 17, 2016 
Much Ado About Nothing

Information will be updated closer to the event date. 

One Touch of Nature

The Four Seasons with the Bach Aria Soloists

FREE collaboration performance! The Bach Aria Soloists and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival reuinte for a glorious evening of Shakespeare's poetry with Vivaldi's iconic Four Seasons. Gorgeous music and language create this emotionally compelling program of rich storytelling. The concert features BAS’ musicians Elizabeth Suh Lane and Elisa Williams Bickers with renowned guest guitarist Douglas Niedt with Shakespeare’s text performed by professional actors--Bree Elrod, Carla Noack, Teddy Trice, and Jake Walker--working with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s Executive Artistic Director, Sidonie Garrett.

November 21, 7:30 p.m., Downtown KC Public Library. FREE but reservations required

Reservations for this event are no longer available

The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet

HASF and KCYA performance collaboration

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Kansas City Young Audiences are collaborating on a performance.


Open to ages 10 – 18, $175 per student. Partial scholarships available.                                                           

December 14 - 19, 2015, weekdays 4:00–7:00 p.mand January 2 – 14, 2016, weekdays 6:00 – 9:00 p.m

Rehearsals will be scheduled after the show is cast (auditions will be on the first night of class).  Students will not always be called by they must be available for all rehearsals.  Any known conflicts must be discussed with the directors prior to being cast.   The performance will be directed by Matt Rapport and Kara Armstrong.

Performance:  January 14 at 7:00pm (January 15th is an alternate date.)  Participating students will receive 2 complimentary tickets, additional tickets are only $5 each.

All rehearsals and the performance will be at:
Community School of the Arts at St. Teresa’s Academy,
5601 Wyandotte, KCMO, 64113    

Call 816.531.4022 with questions.  Enroll online here.

Become a Festival Insider


If you enjoy the Festival, want to see high quality classical theatre and care about the cultural life of our community, please consider membership as a FAN or as a member of our newly formed GOOD WILL SOCIETY.  Your membership keeps the Festival open to all and gives YOU some special insider access to our artists and to our pre-show GOOD WILL VIP tent with up-front seats that guarantee you the best experience of the summer!   As a member, your contribution will directly assist us in transforming a city park into a theater, and bringing the world of Shakespeare to life for tens of thousands of people. With your membership you will receive a host of benefits depending on the amount of your contribution.  Most importantly, you will know that because of you, FREE Shakespeare in the park is possible.


With your tax-deductible contribution to the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival you will receive:
FAN membership: 
 $150      2 Reserved Seats     1 Parking Pass 

GOOD WILL SOCIETY membership:    
 $250      4 Reserved Seats     2 Parking Passes + GOOD WILL SOCIETY tent access for 4
 $500      8 Reserved Seats     4 Parking Passes + GOOD WILL SOCIETY tent access for 8

 $1000    12 Reserved Seats   6 Parking Passes + GOOD WILL SOCIETY tent access for 12 with pre-show beverages + Invitation to a Behind-the-Scenes Event + GOOD WILL SOCIETY acknowledgement and Thank You from stage
All Up-Front Reserved Seats; One-time use throughout the run of the Festival.