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Elephant and Piggie's "We Are In A Play!"

April 4, 2017
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May 21, 2017
How do differing personalities react to situations?

Script and Lyrics by Mo WIllems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Shanara Gabrielle

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 Elephant Gerald 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.

Featuring: Jake Walker, Shon Ruffin, Rasheedat “Ras” Badejo, Kimberly Horner, and Maggie Renee Marx

  

 

Length: 60 minutes

 

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Young Playwrights' Festival 2017

May 7, 2017
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May 7, 2017
Highlighting Works from Local Teen Writers

Each spring, The Coterie premieres the Young Playwrights' Festival, an evening showcasing new works by some of Kansas City’s most talented teen playwrights. It is a full production of rich and varied theatrical writings created and developed by members of our Young Playwrights' Roundtable. The Coterie's Roundtable brings together students from around the Kansas City metro area who have emerged from our Reaching the Write Minds program as promising young writers. The Roundtable offers these young people a year-long writing and development process through which their ideas are curated into a collection of new works. Selected pieces will be performed in script-in-hand stagings utilizing students from The Coterie's Master class program and professional directors.

Young Playwrights' Festival 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

At The Coterie Theatre, located on the level 1 of Crown Center

 

Created by Coterie artistic director Jeff Church when he was playwright in residence at the Kennedy Center, Reaching the Write Minds is a unique dramatic writing program which gives a voice to emerging teen playwrights. Nearly 400 students each year participate in this specialized, dramatic writing workshops scheduled by schools and taught by our professional facilitators. Following the in-school workshops, selected students continue on (free of charge) to the Young Playwrights' Roundtable. Each spring, The Coterie professionally stages works from the Roundtable members in its annual Young Playwrights' Festival.

 

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Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude

June 13, 2017
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August 6, 2017
A new musical with everyone's favorite tubby tabby

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

 

  

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We Shall Not Be Moved

September 19, 2017
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October 22, 2017
Civil Rights Student Action

We Shall Not Be Moved
By Ed Simpson
Directed by Jeff Church, Coterie Artistic Director

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.

After each performance of We Shall Not Be Moved, audiences will remain in 1960 with the characters, to delve into the complexity of viewpoints offered.



Length:  75 minutes
 

 

Educators: Before seeing the production, students can prepare to put history into context with our experienced teaching artists, who visit classrooms for a nominal fee. Find educator resources and curriculum extensions at coterie.edublogs.org.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 7, 2017
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December 31, 2017
Holiday Meaning

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

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



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Imaginary Friends

January 23, 2018
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February 11, 2018
Epic Fantasy, Hero’s Journey

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

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?

Author Terry Brooks is one of the most celebrated fantasy authors in the country. Terry is brother to our resident playwright, Laurie Brooks, who has adapted this world premiere for our stage.

 

Length: 70 minutes

 


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Call of the Wild

February 13, 2018
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March 11, 2018
Adventure Classic

Call of the Wild - Illustrated Edition
The Theatre Heroes Production
By Jason Tremblay adapted from Jack London

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




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Tuck Everlasting

March 27, 2018
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April 22, 2018
Magical Fable of Time

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

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



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Jack and the Bean ¡Mágico!

May 3, 2018
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May 27, 2018
Interactive Fairy Tale Fun

Jack and the Bean ¡Mágico!
By Linda A. Carson
Directed by Kim Selody, Presentation House Theatre, Vancouver

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

 


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Jack y el Frijol ¡Mágico!

Por Linda A. Carson
Dirigida por Kim Selody, Presenation House Theatre, Vancouver

¡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

 

 

EDUCADORES: Agende una presentación o encuentre recursos en coterie.edublogs.org.

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Goosebumps the Musical

June 19, 2018
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August 5, 2018
Summer Hijinks

Goosebumps the Musical:
Phantom of the Auditorium

Book and Lyrics by John Maclay
Music and Lyrics 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

 


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