Kansas City Ballet
2021-2022 Season Update


August 23, 2021

The below press release is regarding the policy adopted by the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in consultation with its Resident Arts Organizations (RAOs) Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The Harriman Jewel Series was also a participant.

This virus in its current form is proving to be pernicious across the country but Missouri and Kansas fall within those states that are especially hard hit.

In keeping with the commitment we made at the beginning of this pandemic to prioritize the health and safety of our patrons, staff, volunteers, and artists above all else, we believe this policy is appropriate and one that is being adopted by arts organizations across the country.

Jeffrey J. Bentley
Executive Director

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Partnership with Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Harriman-Jewell Series Announce New COVID-19 Protocols

Effective Sept. 6, Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination and Masks Required for All Patrons, Event Staff, and Volunteers Who Enter The Building To Attend Public Performances Kauffman Center, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Harriman-Jewell Series Will Reevaluate Policy As Public Health Circumstances Evolve

KANSAS CITY, MO (August 27, 2021) — To address the current COVID-19 public health concerns, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Harriman-Jewell Series, will implement new COVID-19 protocols. Effective Sept. 6, all patrons who enter the building to attend public performances must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Masks will also be required, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the building, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. At the current time, we are unable to accommodate children under 12, or any unvaccinated patrons for public performances. We will continue to evaluate the ever-changing circumstances in hope that children under 12 years of age can safely attend public performances in time for the holiday season. The Kauffman Center in collaboration with its partners will reevaluate this policy on an ongoing basis and may adjust according to public health circumstances. Kauffman Center continues to monitor information as it is shared by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the city of Kansas City, MO, and partners.  For more information, visit CDC and the World Health Organization. The Kauffman Center has a health and safety plan in place. For further details, please visit the Kauffman Center Health and Safety page for current information.

President and CEO Paul Schofer stated, “Amid growing public concern around COVID-19 and to provide as many safety precautions as possible for our community, the Kauffman Center, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Harriman-Jewell Series are implementing this layer of protection to provide the highest level of public safety for audiences, event staff, and volunteers. We feel that this measure, hopefully, a temporary one, will allow us to welcome audiences safely back into the Kauffman Center. It’s clear that all of us in the community need to work together to successfully combat this virus and end the pandemic. We hope that our guests will be comforted by our joint efforts to keep our patrons safe.”

Under this new policy, anyone entering Kauffman Center to attend a public performance will need to show proof of vaccination at the time of entry with a valid ticket. Fully vaccinated means the day of the performance is at least 14 days after the patron’s second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination or at least 14 days after their single-dose COVID-19 vaccination. There will be no exceptions. We continue to evaluate the ever-changing circumstances in hope that children under 12 years of age can safely attend public performances in time for the holiday season. At the current time, we are unable to accommodate children under 12, or any unvaccinated patrons for public performances.


Please note, these protocols will continue to be regularly evaluated and updated based on community health data and public health and government guidance. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please check our Safety & Health Policies for updates in advance of scheduled performances.


Information About Your Tickets

Subscribers and single ticket holders are encouraged to wait to see if this policy changes prior to your ticketed performance. We will continue to be in touch with you in the coming months regarding the status.

All tickets for the 21-22 Season are fully refundable or may be added to your on account towards future purchases.

If you have questions, please email tickets@kcballet.org. Or, call the box office at 816.931.8993.


Your Continued Support

Monetary donations of any amount are deeply appreciated and needed at this time as we work to sustain Kansas City Ballet through this crisis.

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Kansas City Ballet School

Kansas City Ballet School is committed to creating a safe and healthy training environment for our students, staff, and families. The protocols are created by Kansas City Ballet’s Health & Safety Task Force in accordance with the advice of medical professionals, national, state, and local officials as well as other ballet schools across our nation.

*Please note that guidelines and safety protocol may change based on changes to national, state, and/or local recommendations. Updates will be marked with the date they have been added.

Health Protocols