Grown-Up Spooktacular: Ghost Light Brings Haunted Stories and Songs to the Lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

KCRep patrons enjoy Ghost Light on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. All photos by Don Ipock

If you’re jonesing for a bit of spooky holiday fun and miss the pageantry of live theater, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre has the answer. Ghost Light: A Haunted Night of Songs and Stories from KC’s Cultural Crossroads is back this year. The live performance combines ghost stories with live music, all under the stars on the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art lawn. 

Enrique Chi Juan-Carlos Chaurand and Duncan Burnett of the band Making Movies perform at Ghost Light.

Ghost Light premiered last year, and its second season is only getting better. Latinx artists Enrique Chi and Juan-Carlos Chaurand of Making Movies will thrill with electric guitar and percussion this year. 

But what stories will you hear? The show features original work from Tessa Gratton, Huascar Medina, the poet laureate of Kansas, Natalie Parker, and Vi Tran. Medina and Tran will perform their work, and Kansas City actors Alfredo Acevedo, Hieu Bui, and Yetunde Felix-Ukwu will complete the performance roster. 

Huascar Medina reads a ghost story at Ghost Light.

KCRep artistic director Stuart Carden says that the show feels nostalgic for him.

“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,” Carden says. 

Vi Tran reads a ghost story at Ghost Light.

Tickets to the show are $30 for general admission, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs. For a seasonal tipple, grab a signature cocktail from Lifted Spirits Distillery. Cocktails can be purchased via the KCRep website and will be available for pickup at will call. Purchase your tickets to Ghost Light at

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