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Young Playwrights' Festival 2020

May 3, 2020
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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A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 5, 2019
December 29, 2019
How do we persevere to find value & meaning?

A Charlie Brown Christmas

By Charles M. Schulz
Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson
Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson
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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February 25, 2020
March 22, 2020
How can a different perspective change a story?

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

by Matt Cox
Directed by Amanda Kibler

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


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Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department's student staffed agency, MICRO: PUFFS by Marco Defillo.

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The White Rose

January 21, 2020
February 9, 2020
How can one person’s strength change society?

A co-production with UMKC Theatre

The White Rose:
We Defied Hitler

by David Meyers
Directed by Markus Potter & Jeff Church

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 an act 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


Produced in partnership with
Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and Girls on the Run Kansas City

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Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department's student staffed agency, MICRO: The White Rose by Eien Carpenter.

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Pete the Cat

April 7, 2020
May 17, 2020
How can opposite personalities help one another?

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

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


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Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department's student staffed agency, MICRO: Pete the Cat by Jeff Schoenhofen.

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Disney's The Little Mermaid

June 16, 2020
August 2, 2020
What are you willing to do to pursue true happiness?

~ New Theatre for Young Audiences Adaptation ~

The Little Mermaid

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film
Music adapted and arranged by David Weinstein
Directed by Ernie Nolan

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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Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department's student staffed agency, MICRO: Disney's The Little Mermaid by Arlan Engin.

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Billly Elliot the Musical

June 27, 2020
July 19, 2020

Billy Elliot
the Musical

A Co-Production With The White Theatre at The J

Book & Lyrics by Lee Hall
Music by Elton John
Originally Directed by Stephen Daldry

Directed by Jerry Jay Cranford,
who previously directed Disney's Newsies, July 2018

Set in a northern town during the miners’ strike of 1984/85, the show follows Billy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community, and changes his life forever. Brought to life by the award-winning creative team behind the film and featuring iconic music by Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical is an extraordinary theatrical experience that has captivated audiences around the world.


Saturdays | June 27, July 4, 11 & 18 at 7:30 pm
Sundays | June 28, July 5, 12 & 19 at 2:00 pm
Wednesdays | July 1, 8 & 15 at 7:30 pm
Thursdays | July 2, 9 & 16 at 7:30 pm

Performances at the White Theatre at The J
5801 W 115 St, Overland Park, KS 66211

Call: 913.327.8054

Billy Elliot the Musical logo ©2014 Billy London Ltd.

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