2019/2020 Season

Season of Live Theatre




Rise Up

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

September 17 - October 20, 2019

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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

November 5 - December 29, 2019

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

The White Rose

A co-production with UMKC Theatre

The White Rose:
We Defied Hitler

by David Meyers
Directed by Jeff Church

January 21 - February 9, 2020

Based on real events, a challenging new work that examines the role of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

This gripping and intriguing play tells the true story of Sophie Scholl, a German college student who led one of the major acts of public resistance to the Nazis during the Second World War. The play contains little-known facts about Sophie, her brother Hans, and the civil disobedience of the White Rose movement in Nazi Germany. Scholl’s moral strength is tested while being interrogated for her crimes, leading her to question whether to save her own life or continue her righteous crusade.

Length: 70 minutes


or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years
at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

by Matt Cox
Directed by Amanda Kibler

February 25 - March 22, 2020

Calling all Potterheads!  Enjoy the fun as the extras become the leading players in Puffs!

For seven years, a certain boy wizard went to a certain school of magic. But in this story, the sorting hat assigns us to the house of Puffs—where an owl informs an ordinary American named Wayne that he’s a wizard. Together with his school of magic pals – Oliver, Megan, and heartthrob Cedric – they wonder if conquering evil is in the cards for them.

Length: 70 minutes

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat

Book and Lyrics by Sarah Hammond
Music by Will Aronson
Based on the Pete the Cat series by James Dean & Kimberly Dean
Originally commissioned, developed, and produced in New York City by TheaterWorksUSA
Directed by Heidi Van

April 7 - May 17, 2020

With its Beach Boys musical vibe and ’60s feel, this show will have everyone in the family strumming and strutting.

The grooviest, guitar-slinging cat in town meets the Biddles and rocks their world.  Pete, who normally lives in a VW bus, has been sent to the Biddle’s to learn some manners, much to the annoyance of Jimmy (the world’s most organized grade schooler).  But it doesn’t take long before Pete turns house arrest into a crusade to help Jimmy pass second grade and take him on the inspirational road trip of a lifetime! The whole family will love Pete's hilarious, jazzy antics in this toe-tapping musical.


Length: 60 minutes

Disney's The Little Mermaid

~ New Theatre for Young Audiences Adaptation ~

The Little Mermaid

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright
Directed by Ernie Nolan

June 16 - August 2, 2020

A fable that captures the heart with irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."

In a kingdom beneath the sea, King Triton’s youngest daughter Ariel yearns to have her questions answered about the human world. When she saves handsome Prince Eric from drowning, Ariel begins to discover her own voice with the help of her friends – even after the tricky sea witch silences her. Based on the classic animated film and one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories.


Length: 75 minutes

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