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

June 11, 2019
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August 4, 2019

Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma

One of the most popular and beloved shows The Coterie has ever done returns to the stage! Gerald the Elephant is cautious and Piggie is not. Along with the three nutty Squirrelles, these “bestus” friends might get invited to a swimmy fancy costume dancey pool party or decide to spend the day playing ping-pong in silly hats.  This lively and irresistibly charming musical look at friendship has become one of the best-selling and loved young readers’ series of the past decade.

 

Length: 60 minutes

 

 

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Presented in special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department's student staffed agency, MICRO: Elephant and Piggie's "We are in a Play!" by Tobias Rose.

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Young Playwrights' Festival 2020

May 3, 2020
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May 3, 2020
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 2019
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

At The Coterie Theatre, located on the level 1 of Crown Center
Tickets: $5.00 per person  |  816.474.6552

 

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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Rise Up

September 17, 2019
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October 20, 2019

Rise Up
The Struggle of the Freedom Riders
by Lisa Evans
Directed by Jeff Church

Told from a modern-day perspective, four performers in 2019 tell the stories of the Freedom Riders – principled citizens riding buses across Alabama and Mississippi in 1961.

The tide was turning – though many states in the South disagreed.  It would soon be illegal to segregate black Americans on public buses, in waiting rooms, or in restaurants. And yet, in the early 1960s, some cities and towns in America kept actively discriminating.  It was time to draw attention to illegal discrimination, and face terrifying violence with peaceful resistance.

This is a story of everyday people becoming a civil rights movement, taking on the establishment and changing the world.  What does it mean for people to come together and rise up?   And what do we think about segregation in relation to the present?

 

Length:  70 minutes

 

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Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department's student staffed agency, MICRO: Rise Up by Michelle Julmisse.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 5, 2019
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December 29, 2019

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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A Charlie Brown Christmas is presented by special arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Library, Inc., 560 Lexington Ave., New York, New York, 10022. Peanuts © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC. All Rights Reserved

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