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2015 Festival FAQ's

Performances in Southmoreland Park

Q.  What time can audience members get seating?  What's the timeline for an evening in the park?
A.  The gates open at 6:00 p.m. nightly.  At that time any waiting audience members will be allowed in to the reserved seats, or to select their non-reserved blanket or chair seating area.  Pre-show activities are presented between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. with Team Shakespeare performing at 6:30 and Show Talk at 7:00 p.m. nightly.  Each night the play begins at 8:00 p.m.


Q.  How do I reserve UP FRONT reserved chairs or blankets?
A.  During business hours you call 816.531.7728 and our staff will take your reservation by phone with credit card.  AFTER BUSINESS HOURS, you may go directly to Southmoreland Park and pay for reserved chairs or blanket seating as long as they remain available.  Upfront reserved seats are $25 per chair or blanket (seats maximum of 3).  Chair rental to place further back in the park is $10 onsite.  You may bring your own chairs and/or blankets and place them upon arrival where space is available.

Q.  Are food and drink available in the park, and do you take credit cards?
A.  YES and YES.  Both food and drink are available for sale in the park.  A variety of entrees, kettle corn and funnel cakes are sold.  Wine, beer, water and soft drinks are beverage options.  All of our vendors accept tickets as payment which you may purchase at the park with cash or credit card.

Q.  Where can audience members park?
A.  Parking is available at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for $8 per car.  Free parking is available (while it lasts) on the streets north of the park, in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, North lot, and at Kauffman Gardens.  SPECIAL NEEDS or wheelchair access is available on the west side of the park on Warwick Street.  Vehicles transporting patrons who have special needs or who are in a wheelchair can check in at the street closure signs and will be allowed to drive to the special needs access point.  Golf cart transport is available from this point to the patron's seats.  Golf carts will also transport patrons after the show and return them to the special needs access point.  Special needs/handicapped parking will be allowed for any patron's with a state issued handicapped hang tag or sticker on Oak or Warwick Streets (first come/ first served) as long as space is available.  Call 816.531.7728 for additional information or to gain answers to questions about special needs accessibility.