The Theatre in the Park is the largest outdoor community theatre in the country. Each summer we present a season of Broadway style musicals and host a variety of special events.
Our outdoor amphitheater is tucked into 10 beautiful acres in Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road. Located just north of I-435 Highway and 87th Street, our facility is easily accessible from anywhere in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
The casts from our shows are selected after an incredible weekend of auditions in the spring drawing hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of aspiring actors from our surrounding communities.
On performance nights, our box office opens at 6:00 p.m., the theatre seating bowl opens at 6:30 p.m. (allowing plenty of time for picnicking and fellowship), and curtain is at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is only $8 for general admission, $6 for youth ages 4-10, and children 3 and under are free (but require a ticket). Visit us online and buy tickets to avoid standing in line at the box office.
Theatre patrons bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets and come early (gates open at 6.30pm every performance evening) to enjoy the park setting before the show begins at 8.30pm. Theatre in the Park presents SEVEN performances of each of our shows. Opening night for our productions falls on a Friday night with performances Friday through Sunday the first week and Wednesday through Saturday evenings the following week. Typically, each performance lasts about 2 hours with a 20 minute intermission.
We sure hope it doesn't rain during one of our performances, but if it does, patrons in attendance on that evening can use their tickets as a rain-out pass if the show is cancelled due to inclement weather. In accordance with our policy, no ticket refunds will be issued. While we hope patrons will use their rain-out passes to come back to see the a performance of the same production, passes will be valid for entrance into any performance of any show in our current season.
The Theatre in the Park is handicapped accessible with reserved parking, ramps and wheelchair seating areas. The entrance at GATE 3 is the easiest for patrons preferring a gentler slope into the seating bowl. Sign language interpretation is provided at the second Saturday performance of each show.
The Theatre in the Park is supported by the generosity of many area corporations and foundations that believe like we do that The Theatre in the Park enhances the quality of life in our communities. However, only about 15% of our operating budget is from tax support and these vital sponsors help finance our program with funds, materials, and/or service contributions. Many companies in our community offer matching grant programs to their employees as well, and we encourage you to check with your corporation to see if you can DOUBLE your contribution to TTIP!
The Theatre in the Park enjoys the vitality and countless hours of dedication from its many volunteers who help with auditions, promotional events and clean-up projects at the Theatre facility. A wide variety of employment opportunities are also available at The Theatre in the Park. Creative talents are used for set design, sound, lighting, costumes and props. Our seasonal staff positions also include the box office, concession stand and parking staff.
The Theatre facility and Theatre Pavilion, are available for rent for special events, corporate gatherings, public attractions, concerts and fundraising events.