Kansas City Repertory Theatre Announces Artists of Ghost Light: A Haunted Night of Songs and Stories
From KC’s Cultural Crossroads
Back by Popular Demand, this Annual Tradition Continues with Ten Outdoor Performances Sept. 30 – Oct. 17 @ the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art South Lawn
– Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Stuart Carden today announced the artists in the return of Ghost Light: A Haunted Night of Songs and Stories from KC’s Cultural Crossroads with ten outdoor performances Sept. 30, Oct. 2, 3, 6 ,7 ,10 ,13 ,14 ,16, and 17 on the South Lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Seating will begin at 6:00 p.m. with performances to begin at 7:00 p.m. Performances will last approximately 85 minutes.
Ghost Light: A Haunted Night of Songs and Stories from KC’s Cultural Crossroads returns after sold-out performances in its debut last season. This hybrid concert and ghost-story event weaves together local storytellers and musicians to share frighteningly fun tales from KC’s cultural crossroads. Under the stars on the south lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, your family and friends will be transported into the world of spirits, hauntings, and the great unknown.
Authors include Tessa Gratton (Assoc. Dir., Madcap Retreats, author of Blood Journal series and Gods of New Asgard
series), Huascar Medina (Poet Laureate of Kansas, author of Un Mango Grows in Kansas, How to Hang the Moon),
Natalie Parker (editor and author of Seafire trilogy), and Vi Tran (playwright/composer/performer, The Butcher’s Son,
The Wind in the Willows).
Storytellers include Alfredo Acevedo (actor, dancer, singer, theatre-creator, and alum of UMKC with MFA in Acting),
Hieu Bui (actor, filmmaker, playwright, and UMKC student pursuing a BA in Theatre), Yetunde Felix-Ukwu (Artistic
Associate, KCRep, actor and alum of UMKC with MFA in Acting and Directing) Huascar Medina, and Vi Tran.
New this year for each performance, KCRep will welcome featured musicians and Latinx rock’n’rollers Juan-Carlos
Chaurand (percussionist and keyboardist for Making Movies, Mexican ballet folklorico dancer) and Enrique Chi (leader
and songwriter of Making Movies, founder of nonprofit Art as Mentorship and producer of documentary Music is An
Immigrant). For more information, please visit https://makingmovies.world/.
Carden stated, “One of my favorite childhood memories is my family’s annual trip to a ghost storytelling festival.
Together with families and new friends we would lay out our blankets under a field of stars and be transported by classic
ghost stories. All of us at KCRep are excited to share a twist on that storytelling tradition with our second annual Ghost
Light. Come ready to have your imagination transported by original songs and new versions of traditional ghost stories
created just for this evening by some of KC’s most compelling writers and storytellers and the phenomenal musicianship
of Enrique Chi, Juan-Carlos Chaurand of the rocking KC band Making Movies and their surprise guest artists. What a joy
to partner with the Nelson-Atkins Museum for our second year and share this spirited experience against the
background of the museum on the beautiful South Lawn.”
Ghost Light: A Haunted Night of Songs and Stories from KC’s Cultural Crossroads
Sept. 30 – Oct. 17 | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art South Lawn
Directed by Artistic Director Stuart Carden
Recommended for audiences ages 8 and older
Tickets: $30 General Admission
Ghost Light: A Haunted Night of Songs and Stories from KC’s Cultural Crossroads returns! This hybrid concert and ghoststory event weaves together local storytellers and musicians to share frighteningly fun tales from KC’s cultural crossroads that will leave you shaking with excitement! Under the stars on the south lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, your family and friends will be transported into the world of spirits, hauntings, and the great unknown. New this year we are proud to be joined by Latinx rock’n’rollers Enrique Chi and Juan-Carlos Chaurand of Making Movies as featured performers each night! Performances sold out quickly last year for this limited engagement.
New this year to Ghost Light, KCRep is proud to partner with Lifted Spirits Distillery. Gathering inspiration from the
community, Lifted Spirits Distillery brings a fresh interpretation of classic ingredient-driven spirits crafted in the heart of
Kansas City. The local distillery has created a signature cocktail kit for Ghost Light that can be purchased on the KCRep
website and picked up at Will Call the evening of the performance.
For more information about the 2021-2022 season, call Ticketing Services, 816-235-2700, or visit https://kcrep.org/.
Single tickets for Mary’s Wedding, Ghost Light and A Christmas Carol are now on sale. The rest of the productions will go
on sale in the fall. For group ticket sales, call 816-235-6122.
Seating for this show is general admission, outside on a grass lawn. Tickets are $30 per person. This show is BYOC – bring
your own chair (or blanket). Seating will begin 1 hour before the performance.
KCRep’s 2021-2022 season is underwritten by the Hall Family Foundation, Hallmark Corporate Foundation, Muriel
McBrien Kauffman Foundation, McDonnell Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts,
Inc., the Missouri Arts Council (a state agency, whose gift is supported in part by an award from the National
Endowment for the Arts), and University of Missouri Kansas City. 90.9 The Bridge is the media sponsor of Ghost Light.
KCRep is ready to welcome patrons safely back to the theatre and will continue to follow local, national and union(s)
COVID-19 guidelines. There will be more information on safety protocol closer to performance dates. Please visit
https://kcrep.org/covid-19 for the latest information.