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Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude

June 13, 2017
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



 "rambunctious… infectious… a rollicking good time” 
-The Kansas City Star 


"Garfield's universal appeal paired with new songs and dances creates a fun-filled summer show for the entire family."


"Charms as it entertains...Adding music and lyrics allows the grumpy feline to sing and tap dance his way into the audience’s heart."




Take advantage of these free "extras" being offered during the run of Garfield (with paid admission):

  • Opening Night Celebration
    A FREE post-performance reception with The Coterie's company, staff, board of directors, and representatives of Wayside Waifs.
    Friday, June 16 at 7pm
  • Wayside Waifs Adoptable Animals Meet and Greet
    A FREE meet and greet with adoptable animals from Wayside Waifs on site at The Coterie.
    Friday, June 16 at 7pm & Tuesday, July 18 at 11am 

  • Post-Performance Q&A
    A FREE post-performance question and answer period with members of the company.
    Saturday, June 17 at 2pm & Sunday, June 18 at 2pm

  • Cast Photo Op & Autograph Session
    A FREE post-performance meet and greet with members of the cast.
    Fridays at 7pm: June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, & August 4

  • Wayside Waifs Post-Performance Conversation on em-PAW-thy
    A FREE post-show conversation about practicing em-PAW-thy toward all living beings, led by Wayside Waifs' Humane Educator and their furry companion.
    Thursday, July 6 at 1pm; Sunday, July 23 at 2pm; & Wednesday, August 2 at 1pm
  • Interpreted performance in American Sign Language
    Saturday, July 8 at 2pm

Garfield - The Musical with Cattitude is is presented through
special arrangement with R & H Theatricals:
© Paws, Jim Davis Michael J. Bobbitt, and John L. Cornelius II

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We Shall Not Be Moved

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

We Shall Not Be Moved: The Student Sit-Ins of 1960
By Ed Simpson
Directed by Jeff Church

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

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 7, 2017
December 31, 2017
Holiday Meaning

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

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
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
Directed by Jeff Church

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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Tuck Everlasting

February 27, 2018
March 31, 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!

April 17, 2018
May 20, 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



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Performances will be held at

The Pembroke Hill School, Curry Theatre
400 W 51st Street (Wornall Campus)
Kansas City, MO 64112

Friday, July 21  at 7pm
Saturday, July 22 at 2pm

Tickets: $5.00 per person


Sweeney Todd - The School Edition
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler

The evil barber is not trusted by most of his neighbors. Customers go in to his barber shop, but they never come out! With each disappearance, Mrs. Lovett bakes a new batch of meat pies with a secret ingredient that has the people of London lining up . . .and the carnage has only just begun!

Performed by teen actors in The Coterie's Summer 2017 Performance Camp program.

Length:  Approximately 60 minutes

Most appreciated by adults and families wtih ages 11+


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Shrek the Musical Jr. at Lee's Summit

July 28, 2017
July 29, 2017

Performances will be held at

MCC-Longview Campus, Cultural Arts Center
500 SW Longview Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64081

Friday, July 28 at 7pm    
Saturday, July 29 at 2pm

Tickets: $5.00 per person


Shrek the Musical Jr.
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Shrek, an unsociable ogre, becomes an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey, a feisty princess who resists her rescue, and a cast of banished fairy tale misfits. Through heroic feats, Shrek reverses a curse and learns to raise his Freak Flag high. It's a story of adventure, friendship, and ogre love that's bringing ugly back!

Performed by teen actors in The Coterie's Summer 2017 Performance Camp program.

Length:  Approximately 60 minutes

Appreciated by adults and families of all ages

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Project Pride 2018

March 10, 2018
March 11, 2018
Love Generosity Beauty Truth

Project Pride is a group of LGBTQ and straight allied teens creating theatre that gives voice to their experiences, culminating in a production that challenges the assumptions and celebrates the diversity of the participants and audience.

Join us for our 2018 Project Pride performance, a collection of hilarious and thought-provoking scenes created by Kansas City teens.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Admission: $5.00 per person

Performances will be held on The Coterie's Mainstage, located on level 1 of Crown Center

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Young Playwrights' Festival 2018

May 6, 2018
May 6, 2018
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 2018
Sunday, May 6, 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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