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Disney's Newsies

July 7, 2018
July 29, 2018

Disney's Newsies
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
Directed & Choreographed by Jerry Jay Cranford  |  Music Directed by Pam Williamson

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.


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Noah Lindquist, Kelly Urschel, Ron Meyer, Eboni Fondren, Lucas Lowry, Christoph Nevins, Ben Renfro, Valen Jurkowski, Jason Coats, Matthew Hendrickson, Eric Moore, Chase Kneuven, Maddie Roberts, Ashton Botts, Sam Wise, Fisher Stewart, Ryan Jacobs, Jackson Tomlin, Weston Thomas, Maya Momon, Leah Landwehr, James Fenoglio, D'Andre McKenzie, Amanda Dulny, Drake Taylor, Tessa Brethowr, Braden James, Joseph Spor, Taylor Jean Shufflebean, Bre Elman, Margaret Veglahn & Zach Kujath

Disney’s Newsies is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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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, with films such as Ninth StreetC.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Chi-Raq, for which he was executive producer and co-writer with Spike Lee.

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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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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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

A brand new musical featuring five young anthropomorphized insect pals who live in an overgrown suburban backyard. Using music of The Beatles to learn life lessons while having adventures, one little independent bug learns the value of friendship 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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Goosebumps the Musical

June 19, 2018
August 5, 2018
Summer Hijinks

Phantom of the Auditorium
The Musical

Adapted for the stage with Book and lyrics by John Maclay
Music, Lyrics, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Danny Abosch
Directed by Jeff Church  |  Music Directed by Anthony T. Edwards  |  Choreographed by Jerry Jay Cranford

Featuring Sarah LaBarr, Callie Rodina, Jacob Valle, Lily Nicholas, David LeVota & Evan J. Lovelace

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: 65 minutes


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