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
TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 1
Billy Elliot the Musical logo ©2014 Billy London Ltd.
The Coterie Theatre School will hold its summer drama classes and performance camp as a mix of live, interactive online classes as well as in-person classes (whenever possible) throughout the summer.
SUMMER DRAMA CLASSES FOR GRADES K-12th
~ All grades are for the 2020/2021 school year ~
~ Click on class titles for schedule, locations & teaching artists ~
TWO-WEEK PERFORMANCE CAMP:
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back! This youth version of the hit Broadway musical looks at what happens to the Addams family when the somber and morbid Wednesday Addams falls in love with a “normal” man. Can they keep it all together when the two families meet? A dark musical comedy filled with great roles is bound to make for a fun performance experience! All students enrolled will have a speaking role—some large and some small. All students will also sing in the chorus and some will have solos. Auditions will be held the first day and the casting will be determined then.
Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the possibility of increased spreading through vocal music, The Coterie Theatre has made the decision to take The Addams Family performance camp, in its entirety, to the virtual space. We intend to make this cutting-edge experience fully immersive for the participating students. It is our intent not only to keep students and families safe, but also to give students the experience of a fully produced ”Zoom-sical”! Rehearsals will be virtual and live with the director, cast, and accompanist. The performance will be recorded and shared with family members.
UNDER THE SEA
Dive down to the bottom of the ocean and swim among all of your favorite creatures in the deep blue sea. Together we will create characters, tell stories, and sing music from under the sea, including the musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Actors will work together to embark on fun under the sea adventures!
IN AND OUT OF THIS WORLD!
Jump into our rocket ship and let’s travel through time to all sorts of amazing destinations. We’ll use our imaginations to travel to see the dinosaurs, the pyramids in ancient Egypt, and even the future! Every class will be a journey to a different location with new adventures in store!
THIS IS NOT A BOX!
When is a box not a box? When it’s a sailboat or a lion or a robot or anything at all! Let your imagination run wild as you take everyday objects and use them to create a world full of amazing adventures. Join us and transform the ordinary into something extraordinary!
Get ready to make up some wild, zany, and just plain silly characters in this physical comedy class. Focus all that goofy energy you have into creating new scenes and characters as you learn what makes people laugh. Laugh yourself silly with your new friends!
THE WAY OF THE FORCE
Come to the outer reaches of the galaxy as we explore exotic locations from the Star Wars universe. Create your own characters to fly starfighters and hone your lightsaber skills, whether you’re a member of the Resistance or part of the First Order. May the Force be with you!
MAKE A SCENE
Do you love making up stories? Do you have fun ideas begging to be performed? Then this is the class for you! The teaching artist will work with students to write and rehearse a short play in just five days.
ACTING IN THE UPSIDE DOWN
If you love Stranger Things, then you’ll love this class. Explore the world of the hit Netflix show by acting out your favorite scenes and creating new ones that might happen next season. Fight monsters or become one yourself in this fun acting challenge for anyone who finds themselves in the Upside Down.
FUNNY BONES: INTRO TO IMPROV
Get your funny started as you begin to learn all about comedy and improv! This fun and fast-paced class introduces young actors to the wide-open world of improv comedy. Students will develop skills in spontaneity, listening, creativity, storytelling, and collaboration building acting skills as they explore their silly side!
This class is a great way to prepare yourself 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 use the week to 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.
WELCOME TO MUSICAL THEATRE
If you like acting, singing, and dancing, then musical theatre is for you! In this class you will perform showstoppers from Broadway and The Coterie stage. We’ll learn songs that will bring you around the world and right back home from some of the most popular Broadway shows, such as Beetlejuice, Spamalot, Hamilton, and more. Students will spend the week exploring character, learning choreography, and singing as an ensemble under the direction of an expert musical theatre actor and a professional accompanist. Students will perform as a chorus for family and friends during the final class.
MUSICAL THEATRE: TRIPLE THREAT
Take your musical theatre skills to the next level by performing duets, solos, and small group numbers from popular musicals. Continue to build on your skills and be challenged in new and exciting ways! Actors will rehearse scenes, songs, and dance numbers under the direction of a professional musical theatre actor and a professional accompanist. Students will perform a variety of numbers for family and friends during the final class.
COMEDY ON YOUR FEET
This popular Coterie class steps up your comedy game as students explore the wide-open world of improvisation. Students new to improv will learn the framework needed for successful comedy and alumni will sharpen their comedic skills as they learn about comedy, creating character, and dramatic action. This class offers an opportunity for consideration in The Coterie’s Comedy Master Class.
The Coterie's drama classes:
The Coterie Theatre & Fringe Festival KC offer a special virtual playwriting workshop for teens!
Teens entering grades 7-12 are encouraged to explore their most creative story ideas and work toward developing their own play through the Reaching The Write Minds playwriting workshop. We are a special teen feature of Fringe Festival KC!
During the 5-hour virtual session (split into two 2.5 hour days), teen playwrights will learn to create settings, devise scenarios, build characters, and develop fully written scenes. Upon completion of the seminar, participants will have devised a beginning scenario for a complete play and will begin scene work. Some participants may be contacted to develop their plays in The Coterie's Young Playwrights' Roundtable, a free teen playwriting group offered by invitation-only.
Dates: Thursday, July 23 & Friday, July 24
Times: 1:00-3:30pm each date (participants must attend entire 5-hour workshop)
For Students Entering Grades 7-12
Workshop limited to 18 attendees!
What do you need to participate?
WORKSHOP ONLY $10.00
To see other options with the 2020 Fringe Festival KC, visit kcfringe.org
~ 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
Find educator resources and curriculum extensions at coterie.edublogs.org.
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.