Quality Hill Productions/Playhouse
303 W 10th Street
Kansas City MO 64105-1653
Mission Statement
Quality Hill Playhouse is dedicated to excellence in the live performance of works from musical theatre and the American Songbook, employing the finest local talent, and contributing to Kansas City's cultural and economic landscape.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. J. Kent Barnhart
Board Chair Ms. Michele Janson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1995
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Quality Hill Playhouse is dedicated to excellence in the live performance of works from musical theatre and the American Songbook, employing the finest local talent, and contributing to Kansas City's cultural and economic landscape.
Background Statement

Quality Hill Playhouse is an intimate 153-seat theatre whose special emphasis on presenting music from the American Songbook and Broadway fills a unique niche in the region’s cultural and economic landscape. Designed to be educational, as well as entertaining, shows appeal to audiences diverse in terms of age, education and socio-economic background. To make shows as widely accessible as possible, ticket prices are very moderately priced. Many matinee performances are offered with significant price-breaks for groups.

Since opening in 1995, Quality Hill Playhouse has produced over 200 musicals and cabaret revues, has grown from 113 to over 2,000 season subscribers, and has increased total annual attendance from 2,825 to over 25,000. We have produced music for both inaugural ceremonies of former Kansas Governor Bill Graves; twice produced an evening of cabaret entertainment at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of Senator Bob Dole and Senator Pat Roberts; and produced entertainment for A Toast to Kansas City, the official black tie gala in celebration of the city's 150th birthday. Our first season offered five shows with three performances of each. We now present over 30 performances of each of our six season shows. Combined with various special engagements, we give more than 225 performances annually. In honor of Quality Hill Playhouse’s contributions to the Downtown economic and cultural scene, Producing Artistic Director J. Kent Barnhart was named a 2008 Downtown Hero by the Downtown Council of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Impact Statement
Quality Hill Playhouse
  1. Preserves the legacy of the American Musical Theatre through programmatic choices that highlight a form of entertainment otherwise not offered in the Kansas City area.
  2. Provides audiences with new musical experiences and nurtures audience appreciation and understanding of our nation’s rich musical heritage.
  3. Partners with other nonprofits to bring arts and educational opportunities to young people and diverse audiences.
  4. Provides professional performance opportunities for students, young professionals and resident Kansas City artists.  A unique attribute of the theatre is that talent is sourced locally from the Kansas City community.
  5. Provides a quality, professional entertainment venue in downtown Kansas City for Greater Kansas City residents and visitors.
  6. Adds unique local flavor to the downtown Kansas City experience and serves as an enhancement to downtown revitalization efforts.
 
  • In the fall of 2016, Quality Hill Playhouse launches its twenty second season titled: The Best of Billboard, Film and Broadway: Top of the Charts. 
  • Our 2016-2017 season productions include: Barry, Bette and Broadway; Christmas in Song; I Got Rhythm; Unchained Melody; As Time Goes By; and You've Got a Friend.
  • The 2016-2017 features six original cabaret revues that pay tribute to hit songs from the 1930's to 1980's.  All shows are original cabaret reviews programmed by Producing Artistic Director J. Kent Barnhart featuring songs from popular music, the moves and musical theatre.  Each production highlights a unique musical period in American culture.  The season also includes the Playhouse's annual Christmas revue.  A special seven show engagement featuring Marilyn Maye will be held in November 2016.
Needs Statement Top needs of Quality Hill Playhouse include:

 

  • Contributions to support the actual production costs of the shows, as well as the theatre's educational efforts, and general theatre upkeep. Donations supplement admission fees and help keep ticket prices reasonable and within the reach of individuals and groups.
  • Volunteers helped found Quality Hill Playhouse. Twenty two years later, volunteers are still helping us thrive. Here are just some of the roles volunteers play in the life of Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • Board of Directors – Help further the success of Quality Hill Playhouse by serving on our Board of Directors. Applicants are considered through the year and serve for a 3-year term.
  • Ushers – Every performance utilizes volunteer ushers to help patrons find their seats. A friendly attitude and the ability to negotiate steps are important qualities.
  • Committees – Volunteer committee members assist in areas such as audience development and marketing, special event planning and implementation, and general fund raising.

 

 

Service Categories
Theater
Areas of Service
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Producing a quality entertainment product, providing excellent customer service and maintaining a solid financial base remain major points of emphasis for Quality Hill Playhouse. We continue to build financial resources and increase the effectiveness of our marketing, with a goal of earned income underwriting a substantial portion of operations. Donations/grants are devoted to presenting top quality productions and efficiency of management.  Quality Hill Playhouse is constantly expanding the awareness and customer base of the Playhouse. 
Programs
Description
Quality Hill Playhouse produces six musicals and cabaret revues each year in a charming 153-seat theatre. More than 25,000 individuals per year attend performances at Quality Hill Playhouse, where they enjoy a rare combination of excellence in the live performance of works from musical theatre and the American Songbook intertwined with historical tidbits that are presented with wit and humor. Shows are delivered exquisitely by the very best of local professional talent.
 
Quality Hill Playhouse presents more than 225 performances of musicals and cabaret revues per season. Quality Hill Playhouse employs local Equity and non-Equity actors, directors, technicians and designers. The Playhouse attracts nurtures and develops local young talent and creates a “home” for local talent who might otherwise be Broadway-bound. Because of Quality Hill Playhouse’s commitment to using local talent, many Kansas City area performers have been able to achieve member status in the Actors’ Equity Association.
 
“I wouldn’t be the player I am, or have the career that I have, without Quality Hill Playhouse. It keeps me at the top of my game. There is no room for errors. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Playhouse.” –Julian Goff, percussionist
Program Budget $760,098.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Audience satisfaction and new audience member development are the result of the theatre's reaching its performance goals. Whenever possible, the theatre utilizes the talents of young local performers. Quality Hill Playhouse is dedicated to providing employment opportunities for local artists and production personnel.
Long-Term Success  The Playhouse is continually striving to increase attendance and reach new markets, with the ultimate goal of 100% capacity. When near-maximum capacity is achieved, additional performances will be added to the schedule to accommodate future growth, creating a new capacity and, thus, a new long-term goal. Through continued excellence in performance and increased community outreach, Quality Hill Playhouse will be recognized and serve as the community’s premier venue for the presentation of works from musical theatre and the American songbook.

 

Program Success Monitored By Yearly increases in the number of season ticket subscribers, retention of previous subscribers, increases in the number of new audience members and increases in the number of sold-out shows reflect the degree of audience satisfaction and audience development.
Examples of Program Success
Unlike many other theatres that present mainly “book” shows, Quality Hill Playhouse produces and presents five or six original shows each season.
  • In the fall of 2016, Quality Hill Playhouse launches its twenty second season titled: The Best of Billboard, Film and Broadway: Top of the Charts. 
  •  Our 2016-2017 season productions include: Barry, Bette and Broadway; Christmas in Song; I Got Rhythm; Unchained Melody; As Time Goes By; and You've Got a Friend.
  • The 2016-2017 features six original cabaret revues that pay tribute to hit songs from the 1930's to 1980's. All shows are original cabaret reviews programmed by Producing Artistic Director J. Kent Barnhart featuring songs from popular music, the moves and musical theatre. Each production highlights a unique musical period in American culture. The season also includes the Playhouse's annual Christmas revue. A special seven show engagement featuring Marilyn Maye will be held in November 2016.
Description  

Whenever possible, Quality Hill Playhouse partners with schools such as the UMKC Conservatory of Music and William Jewel to present master classes delivered by seasoned professionals in the field of musical performance. With the help of local community sponsors, master classes are made available to the students free of charge. Master class students benefit from and utilize the knowledge imparted to them by seasoned professionals throughout their careers. Participation in the master class exposes music students to new ideas, performance techniques and experiences. This expansion of knowledge boosts student self-confidence, performance poise and proficiency. 

Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served , , Families
Short-Term Success Participation in the master class exposes music students to new ideas, performance techniques and experiences. This expansion of knowledge boosts student self confidence, performance poise and proficiency
Long-Term Success Master Class students will benefit from and utilize the knowledge imparted to them by seasoned professionals throughout their careers.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored through student and faculty feedback. The number of music students participating in master class and performance opportunities serves as another measurement of success. Our most recent master class was completely full.
Examples of Program Success We are delighted each time we receive enthusiastic comments from former master class students, such as, "I really appreciated the opportunity to attend your Jason Robert Brown Master Class. I got so much out of the class!"
CEO Comments Quality Hill Playhouse has experienced a high volume of season ticket sales each year since it began in 1995. We continue to introduce new, first-time, audience members to the playhouse and to offer musical productions unique to the city and region.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. J. Kent Barnhart
Term Start Oct 1995
Experience J. Kent Barnhart currently serves as Producing Artistic Director of Quality Hill Playhouse.  He founded the theatre in October 1995 and served as Executive Director until his title changed in 2015.. J. Kent Branhart has worked as musical director, stage director and producer for theatres throughout Kansas City, regionally, and nationally. He co-produced and co-starred in Simply Cole Porter in Kansas City, St. Thomas and London prior to the show's off-Broadway run. He regularly produces entertainment for individuals and companies locally, regionally and nationally. He produced music for both inaugural ceremonies for Kansas Governor Bill Graves, and he has produced an evening of cabaret entertainment on two different occasions at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (at the invitation of Senator Bob Dole and Senator Pat Roberts). He produced entertainment for A Toast to Kansas City, the official celebration of the city's 150th birthday, and he produced entertainment for Crescendo: A Salute to John Kander, helping to raise scholarship money for the UMKC Conservatory. He studied piano performance at the UMKC Conservatory of Music, from which he received the 2001 Alumni Achievement Award; he is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute in New York City.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Managing Director
Experience/Biography Rick Truman joined Quality Hill Playhouse as Managing Director in 2003. He received a BFA in acting/directing from Avila University in 1991 and an MPA in non-profit management from the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at UMKC in 2004. He served on the staff at the UMKC Central Ticket Office for nine years, five as Assistant Manager, providing ticketing services to arts organizations throughout the Kansas City region. He was on staff at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the entrepreneurship center for four years, where he managed his department's $1 million dollar budget. He continues to work with various performing arts organizations as both a performer and stage director. Mr. Truman served as Stage Director for QHP's production of "Tapestry" in 2005 and "Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)" in 2008.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 174
Paid Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Staff and / or volunteers participate in Arts roundtables such as Marketing and Development.  Discounted tickets and program advertising are offered through collaboration reciprocals with other arts organizations.  
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Urban HeroDowntown Council2008
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments


Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Michele Janson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2015 to May 2017
Email development@qualityhillplayhouse.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Greg Aldridge State Farm Insurance
Mr. Bruce Barr DST
Ms. Carolyn Henry Community Volunteer
Mr. Rodney Hill AMC
Mr. Steven Hill Community Volunteer
Ms. Michele Janson CPAJanson & Associates
Ms. Anne Potter Russ Community Volunteer
Mr. Bob Rutherford Community Volunteer
Ms. Jane Rutherford Community Volunteer
Mr. Tim Taylor Yellow Dog Networks
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 88%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Nominating
Volunteer
Human Resources / Personnel
Executive
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Becky Benson Community Volunteer
Mr. Herb Buchbinder Stifel
Mr. Don F. Dagenais Lathrop & Gage
Mr. Jim Eisenbrandt Berkowitz Oliver
Ms. Trudy Gabriel Community Volunteer
Mr. Kenneth Hager Community Volunteer
Ms. Beth Ingram Community Volunteer
Mr. Steve Israelite Community Volunteer
Mr. Bob Martin Community Volunteer
Ms. Kaye Martin Community Volunteer
Ms. Ann W. McCray Community Volunteer
Mr. David P. Ross Community Volunteer
Mr. William H. Shackelford IIICommunity Volunteer
Mr. Dale Wassergord Community Volunteer
CEO Comments Each member of the Board of Directors serves on at least one standing committee as well as supports the organizations by attending performances and events.  The staff and Board work very well together to create and implement plans and goals. Continued increases in earned income have allowed us to add staff members, which we will continue to do in order to meet the challenges of serving more and more people.  A full strategic plan was completed in 2015 and is being used to guide the organization.  Staff members have been added and identified to address succession planning.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $1,029,425
Projected Expenses $1,028,862
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported from IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$150,998$178,205$276,609
Government Contributions$35,118$6,586$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$35,118$6,586$0
Individual Contributions------
$4,286$5,088$5,766
$636,351$613,649$532,376
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$86,569$102,030$11,786
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$437$251$299
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$857,730$745,840$804,288
Administration Expense$201,511$130,007$138,947
Fundraising Expense$17,242$25,397$66,229
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.851.010.82
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%83%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%9%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,112,162$1,319,300$1,344,651
Current Assets$339,248$308,190$153,852
Long-Term Liabilities$0$134,000$250,000
Current Liabilities$392,326$302,740$216,656
Total Net Assets$719,836$882,560$877,995
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.861.020.71
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%10%19%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Quality Hill Playhouse uses contributed income to support our productions and develop new audiences. Board and staff efforts are devoted to retaining existing donors, re-engaging lapsed donors and expanding our donor base.
Organization Name Quality Hill Productions/Playhouse
Address 303 W 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 641051653
Primary Phone (816) 421-1700
CEO/Executive Director Mr. J. Kent Barnhart
Board Chair Ms. Michele Janson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1995