By Ed Simpson
Directed by Jeff Church
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
By Charles M. Schulz
Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson
Directed by William J. Christie
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
A Coterie World Premiere
A co-production with UMKC Theatre
Written by Laurie Brooks
Based on the short story "Imaginary Friends" by Terry Brooks
Directed by Graham Whitehead
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
By Natalie Babbitt
Adapted by Mark J. Frattaroli
Directed by Jeff Church
February 27 - April 5, 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
By Linda A. Carson
Directed by Kim Selody, Presentation House Theatre, Vancouver
April 17 - May 20, 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
¡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
Phantom of the Auditorium
Adapted for the stage with
Book and lyrics by John Maclay, Music and lyrics by Danny Abosch
Orchestrations and Arrangements by Danny Abosch
A cartoony mystery musical based on the beloved series from R.L. Stine.
(Not too scary for the little ones.)
Brooke and Zeke have been cast as the leads in the school's new production of an old play about a phantom. Mysterious things start interrupting rehearsals and they have to wonder: is this someone's idea of a joke, or is the Phantom real? An adventure ensues that will bring out your inner sleuth and keep everyone in suspense until the final curtain.
Length: 75 minutes
Music by Alan Menken | Lyrics by Jack Feldman | Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White
Originally Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions
For the very first time, The Coterie and the White Theatre at The J join forces to create Kansas City’s first locally-produced production of the Broadway smash hit.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies tells the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
AUDITIONS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017
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