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Pete the Cat

April 6, 2021
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May 23, 2021
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
 

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: Approx. 60 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: Pete the Cat by Jeff Schoenhofen.

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Disney's The Little Mermaid

June 22, 2021
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August 8, 2021
What are you willing to do to pursue true happiness?

New Theatre for Young Audiences Adaptation

Disney's
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: Approx. 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.

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A Kids Play About Racism

August 1, 2020
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May 31, 2021
World Premiere Nationwide Event

A groundbreaking online performance for families.

The performance explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it, and ideas for what you can do about it.

41 Theaters for Young Audiences
bring this world premiere, online theatrical experience to children and families in communities across the country.

 

A Kids Play About Racism
Adapted and Directed by Khalia Davis
Lyrics by Davied Morales
Music by Justin Ellington
Based on the book by Jelani Memory,
A Kids Book About Racism


Now streaming FREE for educators!
For Ages 5 and older
www.akidsplayabout.org


FREE FOR EDUCATORS

Any educator may access A Kids Play About Racism free of charge for use in their classroom - whether they be virtual, in person, or homeschooled. Participants receive an Active Educational Audience Guide with post-show activities and tools for K-5th Grades. Educators need only to fill out a form verifying they are a teacher to gain password access to the show.

 

 


 

FREE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES

A Kids Play About Racism Active Audience Guide

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
FOR COTERIE AUDIENCES

For Families:

For Youth:

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IN THE NEWS

Looking for a way to spark meaningful conversations for families about race, The Coterie joined up with theaters across the country to present A Kids Play About Racism

 


 

Discount on Books for our Viewers:
A Kids Book About, Inc has offered all of our viewers a discount code of $5.00 off the book when purchased through their website.
Use code: KIDSPLAY

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Classroom Immersions

September 1, 2020
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December 22, 2020
For Grades 1-12

Virtual Residencies for Classrooms 1st - 12th This Fall (Now through December 22, 2020)
Let us be a virtual, synchronous guest to inspire your classroom or micro-school group!

 
Classroom Immersions information and booking assistance:
Contact afilippi@coterietheatre.org or (816) 474-4241
 

 

 

 

  • Students will work with a professional teaching artist to rehearse and perform a short script based on a traditional folktale, focusing on reading fluency, intonation, flow, and expresssion.
  • A teacher consultation will occur beforehand to best serve the needs of your class and to select a multicultural folktale from our list.
  • The residency will align with Missouri and Kansas English Language Arts and Theatre Arts standards.
  • Script options include Anasi and Five, The Cheetah and The Lazy Hunter, The Deer People, Why the Sun and Moon Live In The Sky, and The Chanchasa Bird.

    $180 for three 60-minute sessions per classroom sized group (or six 30-minute sessions for $200)
    10% discount for 4 or more classrooms

 

 

 

  • Students will work with a professional teaching artist to write and perform a short first person monologue about a "hero" (based on a historical/real figure).
  • Using existing monologues as examples, students will anazlyze what makes a good monologue and demonstrate that understanding through their own original writing.
  • A teacher consultation will occur beforehand to ensure we serve the needs of your class.
  • The residency will align with Missouri and Kansas English Language Arts and Theatre Arts standards, and will offer students the option to share their work with each other. 

    Three 50-minute sessions can be arranged to suit your schedule
    $180 per classroom sized group
    10% discount for 4 or more classrooms

 

 

 

  • Students will virtually view a  performance of Masque of the Red Death from The Coterie’s production of Electric Poe starring professional actor and teaching artist R.H. Wilhoit, underscored by musician Rex Hobart.
  • Wilhoit will virtually join students to explore the historical and cultural context that inspired Poe’s Masque of the Red Death and Poe's use of symbolism and imagery to create lasting impact.
  • Finally, students will create their own moody masterpiece to submit to The Coterie in the form of a dramatic scene or monologue. R.H. Wilhoit will select one piece from each workshop to perform, record, and share with the students.
  • The residency will align with Missouri and Kansas English Language Arts and Theatre Arts standards, and will offer students the option to share their work with each other.

    Three 50-minute sessions can be arranged to suit your schedule
    $180 per classroom sized group
    10% discount for 4 or more classrooms

 

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Electric Poe

September 17, 2020
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October 31, 2020
Special outdoor event in Union Cemetery

A co-produced event with Union Cemetery Historical Society
(n
ot part of The Coterie's mainstage season)

ELECTRIC POE 
In Union Cemetery ~ Limited "plots" available for Covid safety!

By Edgar Allan Poe
Music by Rex Hobart

A socially-distanced *outdoor* special event held at one of Kansas City’s hidden gems!

Readings of two moody masterpieces by Edgar Allan Poe are brought to life (and death!) by Coterie actor/teaching artist R.H. Wilhoit and Rex Hobart on electric guitar. In The Premature Burial, a speaker delivers an antique TED Talk about his mortal fear, when it appears to manifest right before our eyes. Then, in The Masque of the Red Death, Prince Prospero walls himself and his courtiers away from the outside world where the contagious Red Death reigns…

Location: The "holding vault” near the entrance gate of Kansas City’s Union Cemetery 227 E 28th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108, established in 1857. Each purchase of a "plot" will reserve an area for up to four to attend, socially distanced from others. BYO chairs, blankets! Start times vary based on sunset - please note start time of your preferred date.  CLICK HERE for important safety & ticketing information for patrons.

 
 Length: Approx. 45 Minutes
 followed by a Q&A about Union Cemetery history [
uchskc.org].

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A NOTE ON COVID 19

This will be a socially-distanced special event, enforcing the guidelines recommended by the CDC and local government officials. Guests are required to wear a mask to the reading. No food, please. Once you are at your seat, if you feel safe to do so, you may remove your mask for the duration. Please wear your mask as you leave. If we are forced to shelter in due to health regulations, the reading will either be virtual or may have to be cancelled. Thank you for your flexibility.  CLICK HERE for important safety & ticketing information for patrons.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The Snowy Day

November 24, 2020
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December 27, 2020

The Snowy Day
and other stories

Adapted by Jerome Hairston
Based on the Caldecott Award-winning
book by Ezra Jack Keats

The Coterie presents Mesner Puppets production of The Snowy Day, which celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall! Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative musical play about the childhood joys and challenges of growing up. Using innovative shadow puppetry, Keats’ treasured characters come to life in this humorous and fun adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and The Snowy Day.


 

  Length: Approx. 45 Minutes

 

 

 

Find educator resources and curriculum extensions at coterie.edublogs.org.

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BrainStorm

January 19, 2021
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February 7, 2021
What are the impacts of physical and emotional changes?

A co-production with UMKC Theatre

BrainStorm:
The Inside Life of the Teenage Mind

By Ned Glasier, Emily Lim, and Company Three

Inside every adolescent brain, 86 billion neurons connect and collide to produce the most frustrating, chaotic, and exhilarating changes that happen to human bodies. BrainStorm is a theatrical investigation into how teenagers’ brains work, and why they’re designed by evolution to be the way they are. Based on the latest science and created in collaboration with neuroscientists, BrainStorm is a blueprint for a company of young artists to create and perform by drawing directly on their personal experiences, making its impact on teen and adult audiences profound and long-lasting. Parts of the script will be devised by local middle and high school students.

We are looking to collaborate with local middle and high school theatre departments. If you are interested in more information, contact Education Director Amanda Kibler at akibler@coterietheatre.org.

 

  Length: Approx. 60 Minutes

 

 

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Only One Day a Year

February 23, 2021
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March 21, 2021

A World Premiere
Commissioned by The Coterie Theatre

Only One Day a Year

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson

This NEA award-winning play intertwines present day with the last segregated days of Fairyland amusement park. Inspired by overlooked Kansas City history!

Two stories told in tandem: In the early 1960s in Kansas City, Rose James uses smarts and determination to try to defeat the racial segregation policy that allowed blacks to visit Fairyland Park only one day each year. Years later, Rose’s granddaughter, Ella, uses her talent and grandmother’s spirit to shine a light on an injustice at her school. Rose and Ella tap into “black girl magic” and empowerment to bring about meaningful change to their lives.


 

  Length: Approx. 60 Minutes

 

 

Find educator resources and curriculum extensions at coterie.edublogs.org.

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