The Black Box Theater inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is a completely flexible space with seating for up to 300, depending on the performance style and setup.
The Theatre in the Park facility is available to rent for special events, corporate gatherings, public attractions, concerts, and/or fundraising events. Frequently asked questions are answered below.
For more information or to check on the availability of a particular date, please contact our facility rental team. Please note: A $500 reservation deposit is required to hold a date.
THINGS TO KNOW
The Theatre in the Park and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District reserve the right to screen performers, bands and participants for content for any Theatre rental requests. All concerts are subject to approval by the JCPRD Board of Commissioners. All rental events must be FAMILY FRIENDLY events (something intended so that all members of the family, little kids, older kids (ages 10-teen, parents and grandparents) can enjoy.
Rental of the stage and grounds includes use of the parking lots, restrooms, stage, bowl seating area, six folding tables and existing electricity and water. A JCPRD staff member will also be present for the rental as a liaison with The Theatre in the Park. Depending on the type and size of the event, and/or if you expect attendance to exceed 1,000 people, Park Police service may be required. If it is determined by JCPRD that Park Police presence is necessary, the fee is $50 per officer per hour.
The Theater bowl area can seat up to 3,000 people for show or concert type events. All seating is on the lawn (there are no permanent chairs). The typical audience size for TIP musical theatre productions is on average 900.
We would be happy to arrange a tour of the theatre for you. Just drop a note!
The Theatre is available for rental from early spring until late fall based on our current outdoor season. All dates are subject to availability.
For general information about renting the facility, you may contact:
We recommend making your reservation 6-9 months in advance. This will give you the best choice of available dates and allow sufficient time for your reservation to be reviewed and approved (if necessary) by the Theatre Council and/or JCPRD.
Yes, but only within the fence of the theatre facility, not in the parking lot or surrounding park property. Please ask a rental agent for details.
Use of the concession stand is NOT included in your rental fee. If your event is large enough to warrant concessions, it is negotiable for concessions to be operated by JCPRD staff.
Yes, you can bring in your own food or arrange to have a catering company provide food at your event. Please be sure to include any set-up/take-down time that the caterer may need in your planned rental time.
You can make your own arrangements to have tents (without stakes), tables and/or chairs brought in for your event. Please be aware that any time needed for delivery, set-up and take-down of such items is counted as rental time.
If admission is charged or sales will be made at your event, 15% gross revenue sharing with JCPRD is required.
You must have a Comprehensive General Liability Insurance Policy in effect the day of your event. Worker’s Compensation and Employer’s Liability coverage is also necessary. We require proof of insurance be submitted to our office a minimum of three (3) business days before your event. The minimum insurance required for rental includes:
Bodily Injury and Property Damage - $1,000,000 per occurrence
Depending on how many people you expect to attend your event, having a trained medical person on site may be required.
Depending on the number of vehicles you expect, a professional parking staff may be required to ensure a smooth and safe flow of traffic from the roads leading into the Theatre and for parking once at the facility.
Catering and grills (certain areas only), tents, tables, chairs, and inflatables, such as moonwalks, slides, bouncy huts, etc. Please ask your representative for details.
Pets, glass containers, dunk tanks and open fires.