2017/2018 Season




We Shall Not Be Moved

We Shall Not be Moved

By Ed Simpson
Directed by Jeff Church, Coterie Artistic Director

September 19 - October 22, 2017

By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from A&T College in North Carolina launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. This non-violent demonstration in Greensboro gained such momentum that it quickly inspired a new generation to stand up for their Civil Rights. This is the story of ordinary citizens who stand witness to a movement forming before their eyes, and the multiple perspectives they have.


Length:  75 minutes

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

By Charles M. Schulz
Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson

November 7 - December 31, 2017

The animated classic will come to life on The Coterie stage - and a live jazz trio will play the original Vince Guaraldi arrangements!

Join Charlie Brown on a memorable journey as he tries to direct the school Christmas pageant. In their letters to Santa, everyone seems to be acting materialistic - so Charlie Brown tries to restore holiday spirit with a ragged little fir tree. Experience the power of this wonderful story live onstage as Charlie Brown turns to his best friend Linus to learn the season’s real meaning. Special encore: Snoopy’s Christmas eve encounter with the Red Baron!


Length: 55 minutes

Imaginary Friends: Legend of Sinnissippi Park

Imaginary Friends:
Legend of Sinnissippi Park

A Coterie World Premiere
A co-production with UMKC Theatre
Adapted by Laurie Brooks
from the short story by Terry Brooks

January 23 - February 11, 2018

A world premiere production with magic and wonderment, the play begins with 13 year old Jack McCall learning some very bad news about his health. His best friend Waddy is not as concerned as he is, since you hear stories of people getting over this illness all the time. From there, reality blends with fantasy as Jack becomes convinced that he needs to find his way back to the magical park and the imaginary friends from his childhood. An elf named Pick along with an owl, a troll, and a ghost challenge Jack to an adventure to save the park from an evil imprisoned in a massive tree. But this adventure may not even be real, so what does facing this adversary in the park have to do with Jack’s sickness anyway?


Length: 70 minutes

Call of the Wild - Illustrated Edition

Call of the Wild
- Illustrated Edition

The Theatre Heroes Production
By Jason Tremblay adapted from Jack London

February 13 - March 11, 2018

Jack London’s classic tale brought to life, as told from the point of view of Buck the dog.

This is the story of Buck, the magnificent St. Bernard/Scottish Collie mix, in a multimedia adventure mixing classic storytelling with atmospheric projected illustrations. Kidnapped from a fancy life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes the most famous dog in the whole history of Alaska. In this “Illustrated Edition,” the show uses a 180 degree projection screen that surrounds performer Noel Gaulin. It features a unique mix of enduring images from the book plus brand new drawings and animations. A question & answer session follows every performance.


Length: 70 minutes

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

By Natalie Babbitt
Adapted by Mark J. Frattaroli
Directed by Jeff Church, Coterie Artistic Director

March 27 - April 22, 2018

Over a century ago, the Tucks - Ma, Pa, and their sons Miles and Jesse - drank from a forest spring. Ever since, no one in the family has aged a bit. Now they have to live separately only to reunite once every 10 years because of rising suspicions when they never age. Now, young Winnie Foster is out exploring the woods, and she has accidentally discovered the Tuck family secret... which brings her to the question: Is living outside the rules of time a blessing or a curse?


Length: 65 minutes

Jack and the Bean ¡Mágico!

Jack and the Bean ¡Mágico!

By Linda A. Carson
Directed by Kim Selody, Presentation House Theatre, Vancouver

May 3 - 27, 2018

This delightful production is both bi-lingual and interactive!

The classic fairytale, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” is told with the audience’s help, who assist Jack as he climbs the beanstalk to the giant’s rich and fertile land. While there, Jack discovers the source of the trouble with his farmland, learning how to make it fertile again by understanding and balancing the life cycle. Young audiences will become tiny bugs in the giant’s garden. The giant loves the bugs because they help keep his soil and plants so healthy!


 Length: 60 minutes


Jack y el Frijol ¡Mágico!

¡Esta encantadora producción es bilingüe e interactiva!

El clásico cuento de hadas, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” es contado con la ayuda de la audiencia, que asiste a Jack mientras el escala la planta de frijol hacia la tierra fértil y rica del gigante. Mientras están ahí, Jack descubre que la fuente de problemas para su campo de cultivo, aprendiendo como hacer la tierra fértil nuevamente al entender y balancear el ciclo de la vida. La audiencia de jóvenes se convertirá en pequeños bichos en el jardín del gigante. ¡El gigante ama a los bichos por que mantienen saludable a su tierra y sus plantas!


Tiempo de duración:  60 minutos

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