A means for growth, creativity and collaboration, Barstow performing arts program and theatre workshops provide the perfect stage for combining skills and subject areas fundamental to a well-rounded education.

The drama program at Barstow offers students the chance to learn theatre fundamentals, understand its cultural and technical aspects and discover a love of self-expression. The addition of lower school theatre workshops give young students a stage on which to express themselves through acting, movement and dance that boosts self-confidence and self-esteem. 

Working with faculty, students, parents and administrators, Barstow produces shows five shows each year that entertain, educate, provoke and provide an environment of community building and outreach. From lower school to upper school, students explore performance opportunities from the classics to the contemporary.

2017-2018 Barstow Theatre Season

  • Upper school musical:  We Will Rock You  October 22, 23, 24
  • Lower school musical:  A Year With Frog and Toad, KIDS   November 16, 17, 18
  • Middle school musical: The Little Mermaid, JR  February 8, 9, 10
  • Upper school play: The Odyssey April 12, 13, 14
  • All division performance: Barstow Revue May 5
  • The Pretenders: date to be determined 

Latest Production

A Picture's Worth Five Dollars

A Play By
Ethan Doskey
Disturbing the Peace. Assault. Police. Utility Belts. Liberty. Laser Pointers. A Homeless Ghost. A Tutu’d Fairy. Students wrote, produced and performed this original satire at Kansas City Fringe Festival and Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland in July and August.

When an immigrant in an arachnid superhero costume is arrested, a bitter feud between the boys in blue, tourists and costumed characters arises. Deceit, visions, mockery, revolution, and disaster ensue. How do the persecuted act when the whole world is watching? Photos with costumed characters are free. Tipping is optional. 

The Jungle Book

Performing Arts Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Robert Kohler Jr. 

    The Barstow School
    LS, MS & US Director of Theatre
    (816) 277-0430
    Creighton University - B.A.
    Southern Oregon University - Master of Theatre Studies
  • Bruce  Dickerson 

    MS & US Music
    (816) 277-0332
    University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign - M.S.E.
  • Kristi Mitchell 

    The Barstow School
    LS Music Grades 1-5
    (816) 277-0330
    Kansas State University - B.M.E.
    Univeristy of Missouri - Kansas City - M.M.E.

The Barstow School

11511 State Line Road • Kansas City, MO 64114
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