Donor's Circle at Starlight Theatre
In 2007, the Starlight Theatre added a Donor's Circle designed with local glass artist Dierk Van Keppel. The Donor's Circle for the Starlight Theater features stainless steel, glass and lighting elements in both the ceiling and floor of the outdoor patio.
Zahner engineers and craftsmen worked with Gastinger Walker Harden, with Bob Rohlf and the Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City to engineer, fabricate, and install the artwork. The surface features glass cast by local Kansas City artist Dierk Van Keppel.
Starlight Theatre and Stagehouse in Kansas CityZahner has been involved in a range of scopes for the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, ranging from the roof and cupola turrets, as well as the Donor's Circle completed with artist Dierk Van Keppel.Starlight Theatre has a rich history, which dates back to 1925, when a Romanian Queen visited Kansas City. The city's Federation of Music worked to bring a musical showcase which raised nearly ten thousand dollars, which began the movement for an outdoor theatre space. In 1951, construction was completed. Building the Stagehouse for Starlight TheatreIn the late 1990s, they theatre company recognized a need to fortify For the Theatre's centennial, a new building was completed to improve that quality of productions which could be performed at Starlight. In 2000, Zahner was responsible for manufacturing the new roof system for the amphitheater. Named the Jeannette and Jerome Cohen Community Stage, the new stage also included a roof for Starlight theatre, and increased its technical capability, making it one of the largest roadhouses in the country.
Zahner manufactured the stainless steel memorial ceiling pieces as well as the inset floor and framework for the glass floor system. The stainless steel and floor medallions are etched with the inscription of "Anita B. Gordon Honorary Court".