Construction of Starlight Theatre began in December 1949. This landmark outdoor theatre opened in the summer of 1950 with the “Thrills of the Century” pageant gracing the stage in celebration of the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Centennial. The Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City, Inc. was formed that same year as a 501(c)(3) non-proit organization. The association began programming and operating the theatre in 1951, when Desert Song opened Starlight’s inaugural season.
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