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The Folly Kids’ Series is a collection of national and international traveling presenters who produce quality, curriculum-based performances. Age-appropriate performances engage students in topics including children’s literacy, STEM, and social-emotional wellness. Students, parents and school groups alike will enjoy programs which inspire and entertain, all from the stage of Kansas City’s most historic arts venue!

After two long years since we had schools fill the Folly Theater, we are excited to announce our 2022-2023 Folly Kids Series and welcome students and teachers once again for LIVE, in-person performances!

With themes such as language arts, social sciences, music, and science we’re certain you should be able to find a show or two to fit a variety of curriculum standards. As with previous seasons, our series capacity is on a first-come-first-serve basis and historically, many have sold out!

Reserve your spot!

Warriors Don’t Cry
Sunday January 29, 2023 – 2:00pm
**Special public family showing!
Purchase Here

Approximate Running Time: ~50 Minutes
Recommended For: 6th  to 12th Grades

ABOUT
After hearing Ya Girl, a high school student with over 1 million followers on Instagram, struggle to make sense of today’s tumultuous world, Melba Pattillo steps out of history to share the story of her battle to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Ya Girl learns to see herself in Melba—and in all the young warriors who came before her who raised their hands and made a difference.

Inspired by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals’s Little Rock Nine memoir Warriors Don’t Cry, this production is a catalyst for deeper discussion about social responsibility, civil discourse, social media, and community engagement.

Curriculum Connections
– Communication and Language Arts
– Music
– Technology
– Social Studies

Themes
– Empowered Youth
– Technology
– Civil Discourse
– Social Justice
– Activism
– Social Media
– Freedom

The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences Presents:
Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie

Wednesday March 1, 2023 – 9:45am
Wednesday March 1, 2023 – 11:30am

Approximate Running Time: 60 Minutes
Recommended For: Ages 5+
Please note: This performance contains haze effects

ABOUT
New York Times best-selling author KWAME ALEXANDER brings two of his beloved children’s books—Acoustic Rooster and Indigo Blumeto the stage in a world premiere Kennedy Center commission. Alexander teams up with his writing partner MARY RAND HESS and long-time musical collaborator RANDY PRESTON to tell a story about being scared, being brave, and believing in yourself. With special guests like Duck Ellington and Ms. Dairy Parton—this musical adaptation will have children (and families) dancing in their seats.

Curriculum Connections

Themes

Janet’s Planet: A Tour Through the Solar System

Wednesday April 5, 2023 – 9:45am
Wednesday April 5, 2023 – 11:30am

Approximate Running Time: ~45 Minutes
Recommended For: __________

ABOUT
Janet’s PlanetA Tour Through the Solar System travels at the “speed of thought,” introducing the wonders of the galaxy to families and young audiences throughout the country. The interactive presentation engages and challenges students and is designed to inspire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) potential in elementary school-age kids. Lesson plans are designed to integrate with Next Generation Science Standards, based on a curriculum endorsed by NASA and Space Florida. Janet’s Planet meets Common Core Standards.

Curriculum Connections

Themes

 

El Otro Oz

Tuesday April 18, 2023 – 9:45am
Tuesday April 18, 2023 – 11:30am

Approximate Running Time: ~60 Minutes
Recommended For: Ages 10 and Up

ABOUT
This bi-lingual musical and New York Times Critic’s Pick by Mando Alvarado, Tommy Newman, and Jaime Lozano, returns in a reimagined production! Click your heels together tres veces and take a transformative journey with this salsa, merengue, and Mexican folk-infused musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz. As her fifteenth birthday approaches, Dora, a contemporary Latiné teenager, struggles with her family’s ideas about tradition and dreads her impending quinceañera! But, when Dora gets swept away to a strange new land, she learns how to celebrate her unique rhythm and embrace her cultural identity.

Curriculum Connections

Themes

 

General Information

Tickets
Tickets are $6 each for students & chaperones. One (1) complimentary adult ticket may be redeemed per every 10 student ticket purchased.
As many performances sell out months in advance we encourage school groups to book as early as possible.
Funding may be available by Folly grant to Title 1 schools – we suggest filling out the online order form online, or mailing/emailing our  PDF order form and a representative will be in contact within 48 business hours after receiving

Payment options include: Card (Visa/Discover/Master Card/American Express) can be taken over the phone by calling 816-474-4444 during normal business hours
or check may be mailed in or dropped off in-person at the Folly Business Address:
1020 Central St
Suite 200
Kansas City MO 64105

Performance Location
All performances take place at the Folly Theater
300 W 12th St
Kansas City, MO 64105

How to Reserve Tickets & Payment Information
To purchase tickets, fill out our ONLINE FORM or complete our mail-in form. If you need assistance, call our box office at (816) 474-4444 or e-mail our team at contact@follytheater.org.

Payment is due no later than 30 days prior to the performance.  When a group books a performance online or over the phone, the box office will mail an invoice with reservation details. All sales are final with no refunds, cancellations, or exchanges. If school is canceled due to inclement weather, the Folly will reschedule your group for a different production appropriate for your grade (whenever possible)

 

 

FAQ

When do I receive my tickets for a Folly Kids’ Series performance?
Tickets are not issued for Folly Kids’ Series performances.  Seating is determined by Folly Staff and ushers based on an established seating map

Can my school eat lunch on-site before or after a performance?
Unfortunately, the Folly does not have facilities available for school groups to each lunch on site.  We can provide restroom facilities and provide suggestions for outdoor locations for lunch. 

How do we obtain a refund if our school date is canceled?
Due to the varying weather policies of area schools and districts planning to attend a matinee, the Folly will attempt to reschedule a performance or gladly transfer a reservation to an alternate performance within the school year.  Refunds will only be issued in the event of a cancellation by the Folly Theater

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The Folly Kids Series is generously brought to you by the Missouri Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, R.A. Long Foundation, Ronald D. Deffenbaugh Foundation, DST/SS&C, PNC Bank, Claire Gianni Fund, and UMB Bank. 

What accommodations are available for young audiences?

  • Lobby-entry, orchestra-level seating, first floor restrooms, bar, and box office areas are all ADA-accessible and barrier free
  • Assistive listening devises are available for check out at the Box Office counter
  • Variety KC sensory kits are available at all Folly Theater performances.  Sensory kits include noise-reducing headphones, dark glasses, weighted pads, and handheld sensory items Variety KC Sensory Kits are available for check out at the Box Office
  • For additional accommodations, email us at contact@follytheater.org