By Wendy Lement, Derek Nelson & Cliff Odle
September 20 - October 21, 2016
This uniquely interactive drama asks you to put yourself in the shoes of the citizens of 1957 Little Rock, Arkansas, as witness to one of the defining moments of the Civil Rights Movement. It is three years since the Supreme Court’s historic Brown vs. Board of Education ruling ended segregation, and, even though African American students are now legally allowed to enroll in traditionally white schools, they face daily harassment. After months of torment, one student fights back. Minniejean Brown’s act of defiance sets the stage for thought-provoking theatre about the strength of character of the 'Little Rock Nine.'
Length: 75 minutes
Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage
Script adaptation by Robert Penola
Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain
November 8 - December 31, 2016
Back at The Coterie by extraordinary popular demand, the beloved T.V. classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s a colorful musical adventure that teaches us what makes you different can also be what makes you special.
Length: 60 minutes
A Holocaust Mystery
Written by Emil Sher
Based on the book by Karen Levine
Published by Second Story Press
A Co-production with UMKC Theatre
In partnership with Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and Tradewind Arts
January 24 - February 12, 2017
Past and present mysteries come together in this captivating true story spanning 70 years and crisscrossing three continents. Fumiko Ishioka, a Japanese Holocaust educator, and her students set out to track down information about a suitcase from Auschwitz. It is a worldwide search for information about its owner, Hana Brady, whose fate is pieced together from her suitcase and artifacts. Hana’s story reaches through time into the lives of the young Japanese students in a Holocaust story like no other - providing a contemporary global perspective and a fascinating history of love and tragedy from Hana’s courageous life story.
Length: 70 minutes
Adapted by Laurie Brooks
From the book by Andrew Clements
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
February 21 - March 19, 2017
It’s boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative fifth graders in history challenge each other to see who can go longer without talking. When fifth grader Dave Packer studies Gandhi for a report on India, he learns that Gandhi was silent one day each week to calm his mind. Though Dave likes to talk nonstop, he's determined to give the idea a try. But when confronted by a female classmate, friendly competition turns into an all-out challenge. Rollicking fun ensues in this comedy with a big heart.
The New York Times Book Review raved, "Andrew Clements set the standard for the school story in 1996 with his first novel, Frindle... No Talking is his best school story since."
Length: 65 minutes
Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
April 4 - May 21, 2017
When “bestus” friends Elephant and Piggie get together, anything is possible! They might get invited to a fancy costume party, learn a crazy new dance, or decide to spend the day playing ping-pong in silly hats. Adapted by Mo Willems from his wildly popular book series, this lively musical features Gerald Elephant and Piggie and their delightfully nutty back-up singers, the Squirrelles, discovering the fun of being in a play – all the while encouraging the audience to join in for some interactive fun. Bring your bestie and share in the laughter and how good it feels to put friends first.
Length: 60 minutes
Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude
Based on the characters created by Jim Davis
Book by Jim Davis and Michael J. Bobbitt
Music and Lyrics by John L. Cornelius II
June 13 - August 6, 2017
In this brand new musical adaptation of everyone’s favorite sarcastic tubby tabby, Garfield awakens to find his birthday – the most important day of the year – has fallen on a Monday. The horror! To make matters worse, all his friends – Jon, Odie, Arlene, and even his nemesis, Nermal – have completely forgotten it’s his big day. Only his beloved teddy bear, Pookie, understands his disappointment. Feeling rejected, Garfield leaves the comforts of home and strikes out to find adventure. Making it as far as the alley, Garfield soon realizes in the outside there’s no T.V., the food is garbage (literally), and animal control is always just around the corner. In the end, Garfield learns little things like, you know, the value of friendship and also that “home is where the heart – and the food – is.”
Length: 55 minutes