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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kansas City, Missouri

Project Description:

In 2011, J.R. Clancy accepted the challenge of equipping two performance halls simultaneously at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Muriel Kauffman Theatre, an 1,800-seat proscenium theatre, is the home to the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and hosts Broadway productions, and entertainers from around the world. With the wide variety of performances, Kauffam Theatre required ease of adaptability. J.R. Clancy provided 70 counterweight sets with a loading gallery, a steel-framed fire curtain, house curtain with a custom hoist, and a SceneControl pendant for the installed acoustic banners.

Within Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, J.R. Clancy was also working on equipping the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall. J.R. Clancy provided seven chain motors for the 45,000 lb. suspended acoustical canopy, six Gala lifts, custom hoists for lighting and speakers, five point hoists and a SceneControl pendant to control the custom and point hoists.


Muriel Kauffman Theatre:

  • 70 Counterweight Linesets
  • Motorized House Curtain 0-378 fpm
  • 60,000 lb. Steel Frame Zetex Fire Curtain
  • 29 Variable Acoustic Banners
  • SceneControl Pendant
  • Two Gala Lifts with Wagons
  • Sound Cockpit Lift


  • 99,570 lb. Acoustic Canopy
  • Seven 10-ton Chain Motors
  • Seven Hoists
  • Three Motorized Outriggers
  • 48-Channel Control System
  • Retractable Roller Banner System
  • Five 1,000 lb. Cyclorama Hoists
  • SceneControl E-Control Pendant
  • Six Gala Riser Lifts
  • Sound Cockpit Lift
  • Two Wagons



Additional Information:

The WOW Factor Auditoria article featuring the Kauffman Center project (pdf)