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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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Summer Drama Classes

June 15, 2020
July 31, 2020
Live, Interactive Instruction


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.

  • All June classes will take place as live, interactive virtual sessions. Click on the titles below for class schedules.
  • Beginning July 6, we will hold in-person classes at Miller-Marley School of Dance & Voice in Overland Park, Pembroke Hill School on the Plaza, Liberty Community Center in Liberty, and Staley High School in the Northland. All in-person classes will adhere to the health and safety protocols detailed here. Our performance camp of The Addams Family, all Welcome To Musical Theatre and Musical Theatre: Triple Threat classes, and classes previously scheduled at MCC-Longview in Lee's Summit will be held virtually. Click on the titles below for class schedules and locations.


~ All grades are for the 2020/2021 school year ~
~ Click on class titles for schedule, locations & teaching artists ~



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.

  • For Grades 6th-12th:  July 6-17


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!

  • For Grades K-2nd:  July 13-17


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!

  • For Grades K-2nd:  July 20-24
  • For Grades 1st-2nd: July 13-17

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!

  • For Grades K-2nd:  July 6-10, July 13-17, or July 27-31

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!

  • For Grades 3rd-5th: July 27-31

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!

  • For Grades 3rd-5th:  July 6-10, July 13-17, or July 20-24

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.

  • For Grades 3rd-5th:  July 13-17 or July 20-24

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.

  • For Grades 5th-7th:  July 6-10 or July 13-17

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!

  • For Grades 5th-7th:  July 6-10 or July 13-17

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.

  • For Grades 5th-7th:  July 6-10 or July 13-17
  • For Grades 8th-12th:  July 6-10 or July 13-17
  • For Grades 6th-8th:  July 20-24
  • For Grades 9th-12th: July 20-24

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.

  • For Grades 5th-10th:  July 6-10
  • For Grades 6th-10th:  July 20-24

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.

  • For Grades 6th-12th:  July 13-17
    Note: We encourage 6th-10th graders to take Welcome to Musical Theatre to establish a strong foundation before taking Triple Threat.


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.

  • For Grades 8th-12th:  July 6-10 or July 13-17

The Coterie's drama classes:

  • Led by staff of trained, professional teaching artists
  • Designed to engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically
  • No larger than 10 students for grades K-2 & 3-5, and 12 students for grades 4-6 and above, allowing teaching artists to 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
  • Inspire students of all ages to express themselves, occupy their imaginations, and help add structure and positivity to their week
  • 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

In-Person Classes:

  • Will adhere to the latest safety and social distancing guidelines

Virtual Classes:

  • Enrollees need only to have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a camera & microphone, and an internet connection
  • Parents of younger children are encouraged to participate in the class for fun, interactive play

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Reaching the Write Minds Playwriting Workshop

July 23, 2020
July 24, 2020
2020 Teen Fringe KC

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.

The session is facilitated by professional actor, educator, and teaching artist Nancy Marcy, and playwright, director, and teaching artist Lacy Cunningham.


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?

  • An internet connection and access to a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a camera and microphone.
  • For writing - A computer (laptop, tablet, desktop) OR notebook paper is welcome!
  • A quiet place to log in and focus


Register IN ADVANCE by COMPLETING THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE. The form includes a link to make the $10 payment.
NOTE: Advance registration is required!

To see other options with the 2020 Fringe Festival KC, visit

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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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