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Secret Soldiers: Heroines In Disguise

January 22, 2019
February 10, 2019
Heroines In Disguise


A co-production with UMKC Theatre
Written by Wendy Lement

January 22 - February 10, 2019

True accounts of four women who, for different reasons, served as men in the Civil War. Woven into this unique and interactive play: early suffrage movement as well as the formation of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (the first African American regiment in U.S. history) and Harriet Tubman.


Length: 65 minutes


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Mr. Popper's Penguins

February 26, 2019
March 31, 2019


Script by Robert Kauzlaric
Music & Lyrics by George Howe
A musical of the Newbery Honor Book by Richard & Florence Atwater

February 26 - March 31, 2019

In this charming musical adaptation of the beloved book, Mr. and Mrs. Popper’s lives take an adventurous turn when a mysterious box arrives on their doorstep with a penguin inside. Not long after, the local aquarium sends over a female penguin and soon the Poppers are hearing the patter of 20 little feet. What starts for Mr. Popper as a giant bill for canned shrimp leads to an imaginative journey across America – one that ends in the Antarctic to place the penguin colony in a “life they were meant to lead.”


Length: 65 minutes



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Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure

April 16, 2019
May 19, 2019


Based on the Netflix original series “BEAT BUGS”
Created by Josh Wakely
Written by Sean Cercone & David Abbinanti

Inspired by music made famous by The Beatles, Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure hits the stage. Meet the Beat Bugs – five insect pals who explore the world and pick up life lessons along the way in this new musical, based on the Netflix animated series that incorporates songs of that famous band. Walter, Buzz, Jay, Crick, and Kumi embark on a mission to save Strawberry Fields from being taken over by a stink bug with other plans for it. Some of the songs from the iconic catalogue that appear in the show include “All You Need Is Love,” “Come Together,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.”


Length: 60 minutes



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Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing.

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

June 11, 2019
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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Young Playwrights' Festival 2019

May 5, 2019
May 5, 2019
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 5, 2019 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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Project Pride 2019

March 9, 2019
March 10, 2019
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.


Monday, October 29
6 - 7pm

Ages 13-18, Not Yet Graduated High School,
Welcome to Audition
No Experience Necessary

Crown Center
2450 Grand Blvd #144

For more information, contact Amanda Kibler at or 816-474-2230


Join us for our 2019 Project Pride performance, a collection of hilarious and thought-provoking scenes created by Kansas City teens.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Performances held on The Coterie's Mainstage, located on level 1 of Crown Center
Tickets: $5.00 per person  |  816.474.6552

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Becoming Martin

September 18, 2018
October 21, 2018


A Coterie World Premiere by Kevin Willmott

Directed by Chip Miller
Produced in community partnership with
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and The Black Archives of Mid-America


This world premiere centers on the mentorship Martin Luther King, Jr., receives when he enters Morehouse College at age 15. Through debate over civil disobedience concepts, Morehouse College President, Dr. Benjamin Mays, sets young MLK on a path towards fighting for civil rights.

This play is a Coterie commissioned work by noted filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and playwright, Kevin Willmott, who currently serves as a professor of film studies at Kansas University and is hailed as one of the most prolific independent filmmakers today. His recent feature film, BlacKkKlansman, which he co-wrote with Spike Lee, won the Grand Prix at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

A post-performance Question and Answer session will follow each performance.

In conjunction with the world premiere of Becoming Martin, The Coterie will offer In-School Workshops that will introduce students to the events in the play and help put the story into historical context. For information and reservations visit


Length:  75 minutes


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News and Reviews:



"The Coterie’s scintillating new MLK play is a must-see...  sharp craftsmanship... a beautifully conceived and executed production" -The Independent


"The Coterie Theatre celebrates decades of successfully sharing earnest stories with incredible impact... changing the lives of young people and celebrating diversity through art... and Martin is no different" -In Kansas City Magazine


"A smart, affecting story... a richly composed work... informs while it entertains, and leaves us with lingering impressions" -The Pitch


"Willmott makes each character more approachable for younger audience members... humanizes [an] iconic historical figure... the [cast] is a masterful bunch under astute direction" -BroadwayWorld


"Beautifully written and directed... introduces students to historic giants and spurs further exploration" -KCApplauds


"Allows you to see the unsung heroes that helped create him... a must-see" -UNews


"Supported by strong acting and solid, thought-provoking writing... the play serves as an appropriate reminder of the power of youth." -The University Daily Kansan

Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department's student staffed agency, MICRO: Becoming Martin by Collin Kettler.

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Musical

November 6, 2018
December 30, 2018

Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Directed by William J. Christie | Music Direction Anthony Edwards | Choreography Marc Wayne

Back by popular demand, the beloved television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Rudolph and his friends, Clarice, Hermey the Elf, and Yukon Cornelius learn what makes you different makes you special. As one reviewer put it, “If adorable is at the top of your Christmas list, save an afternoon or evening for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical... as rich as eggnog!"


Length: 60 minutes


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