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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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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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Spring Drama Classes

April 4, 2020
May 16, 2020
Live, Interactive Instruction


The Coterie Theatre School is offering its Spring session of drama classes as live, interactive online instruction. Now available to youth nationwide, The Coterie’s classes are led by our staff of trained teaching artists and are focused on a process-based curriculum. Coterie drama classes offer quality screen time that will allow students of all ages to express themselves, occupy their imaginations, and help add structure and positivity to their week.




For Ages 3-5 (Pre-K)

When the animals escape from the zoo, there’s no telling what their adventures will be! Get ready to jump, swing, and climb as we use our imagination to develop animal characters and stories inspired by books and movies. Whether you’re a tiger, flamingo, sloth, or any other animal, we’re excited to act out your story!

  • April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:00am  -->> NOTE: CLASS SOLD OUT!
  • April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm

For Grades K-1

When trouble comes his way, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He keeps walking along and singing his songs. Using the popular book series Pete the Cat, we’ll act out our favorite stories and create new adventures. Are you ready to hang with this cool cat?

  • April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:30am  -->> NOTE: CLASS SOLD OUT!
  • April 6 - May 11: Mondays 5:00-6:30pm
  • April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm

For Grades 2-4

Incredible pieces of art have been left on the wall for far too long. It’s time to jump in and make up stories about paintings created by artists from around the world. Students will create scenes and characters based on famous artwork and even some of their very own masterpieces! Get your imaginations ready, because it’s time to explore!

  • April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:30am  -->> NOTE: CLASS SOLD OUT!
  • April 7 - May 12: Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm  -->> NOTE: CLASS SOLD OUT!
  • April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm

For Grades 4-6

The past, present, and future are always hanging in careful balance. It’s up to you and your team of heroes to keep that balance and maintain order! Students will explore scenes and characters from various decades and eras, bringing to life days gone by and days yet to come. Are you up for the task?

  • April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 9:00-10:30am
  • April 8 - May 13: Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm
  • April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm

For Grades 5-7 & Grades 8-12

Audition Lab is a great way to prepare for upcoming auditions! With the help of a professional teaching artist, students will choose audition monologues that match their age, personality, and individual audition needs. Students will prepare a monologue, develop successful strategies for cold readings, and learn how to create a professional resume. The final class includes a special audition with Jeff Church, Coterie Producing Artistic Director, or a member of The Coterie staff, for youth roles in the upcoming Coterie season. This class offers an opportunity for consideration in The Coterie’s Master Class.

  • April 4 - May 9: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm (simultaneous sessions for Grades 5-7 and 8-12)  -->> NOTE: CLASS FOR GRADES 5-7 SOLD OUT!
  • April 9 - May 14: Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm (Grades 5-7); 6:35-8:05pm (Grades 8-12)
  • April 11 - May 16: Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm (simultaneous sessions for Grades 5-7 and 8-12)




The Coterie's drama classes are designed to:

  • Engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically
  • Be no larger than 10 students so teaching artists can see and respond to every student and encourage active participation
  • Use process-based lesson plans which focus on the growth of each student individually and establish a foundation critical for all future training
  • Encourage parents of younger children to participate in the class for fun, interactive play
  • Challenge older students to hone their acting talents with instruction and attention from a theatre professional working in the field
  • Teach important life skills that will be useful to any growing mind, whether or not acting may be in their future

Enrollees need only to have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a camera & microphone, and an internet connection.

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