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Pete the Cat

March 29, 2022
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May 22, 2022
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. 55 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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Classroom Immersions

September 20, 2021
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May 31, 2022
For Grades 1st - 12th

IN-PERSON Residencies for 1st-12th Grade Classrooms
September 20, 2021 through May 31, 2022

Virtual residencies available for schools that cannot yet admit in-person guests.

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

  • Students will work with a professional vaccinated/masked teaching artist to rehearse and perform a short script based on a traditional folktale, focusing on reading fluency, intonation, flow, and expression.
  • A teacher consultation will occur beforehand to ensure we 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 Anansi and Five, The Cheetah and The Lazy Hunter, The Deer People, Why the Sun and Moon Live In The Sky, and The Chanchasa Bird.

    $300 for three 50-minute sessions per classroom sized group
    10% discount for 4 or more classrooms

  • Students will work with a professional vaccinated/masked 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 analyze 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
    $300 per classroom sized group
    10% discount for 4 or more classrooms

  • Students will view a performance of The Masque of the Red Death OR The Pit and the Pendulum (determined by classroom instructor) from The Coterie’s production of Electric Poe starring professional actor and teaching artist R.H. Wilhoit, underscored by musician Rex Hobart.
  • Wilhoit will then join students in person as their vaccinated/masked teaching artist to explore the historical and cultural context that inspired Poe, as well as the use of symbolism and imagery to create lasting impact.
  • Writing to composer Rex Hobart's Electric Poe underscore as inspiration, students will create their own moody masterpiece in the form of a dramatic scene or monologue
  • 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
    $300 per classroom sized group
    10% discount for 4 or more classrooms
 

EDUCATOR TESTIMONIALS

"I had the honor of bringing actor Hollis Wilhoit and The Coterie's Electric Poe Immersion workshop into my hybrid classroom. The three day experience covered a vast amount of significant material. An actor's perspective of workshopping and performing a solo piece of theatre adapted from 3rd person literature - many topics for discussion within that. Great for students to see how many ways imagery and theatrical effects can be interpreted and support text. It's an opportunity for students to write and create themselves! Along the way, Hollis' questions, sharing and feedback was exceptional. I highly recommend this workshop for grades 8-12."

- Tracy Terstreip-Herber, Performing Arts Chair at Pembroke Hill

 

"I loved so much about the Reader’s Theatre program that we participated in. The warm ups were always fun and engaging. The progression from casting, reading through, and then blocking kept our daily activities fresh and brought out something new each day. Even my shyest student came out of her shell during this activity. The program was flexible and met our needs with materials/technology. My students looked forward to seeing Amanda every single morning!"

- Jayme Keyser, 4th grade teacher at KIPP Endeavour Academy

 

“The Coterie Theatre’s virtual immersion, Electric Poe, was absolutely wonderful! Our teacher for the three day event, Hollis Wilhoit, was able to engage students who were working both in class and remotely at the same time, while covering specific Language Arts standards we had asked him to address. ... The students loved working with Hollis and put forth a ton of creative effort to complete something they hoped he would enjoy reading. Hollis validated students’ ideas, while also pushing them to think outside the box, and they all appreciated the helpful feedback he provided throughout the event. I would highly encourage teachers to take advantage of this wonderful virtual field trip. Despite the frustrations of our current learning model, all of my students genuinely looked forward to this fun change of pace each day!

- Megan Komp, 8th grade ELA, Summit Trail Middle School

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Only One Day a Year

February 8, 2022
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March 6, 2022
How can one person’s strength change society?

A World Premiere
Commissioned by The Coterie Theatre

Only One Day a Year

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson

This National Endowment for the Arts 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

 

 

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Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department's student staffed agency, MICRO: Only One Day a Year by Emmie Florian.

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The SpongeBob Musical

November 5, 2021
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January 2, 2022
Bring your Krusty Krew to Bikini Beach!

NICKELODEON
The SpongeBob Musical
for Young Audiences
World Premiere: professional theatre for young audiences version!

A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners... One of the world’s most beloved and unforgettable characters... Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The undersea town of Bikini Bottom! Inhabited by an ever-optimistic yellow sea sponge named SpongeBob and his equally quirky circle of friends and neighbors: Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and even Plankton! Their pleasant existence is interrupted when it is discovered that Mt. Humongous will erupt within the next 48 hours and obliterate Bikini Bottom.  SpongeBob powerfully proves to one and all that optimism really can save the world, and shows everybody that he is not “just a simple sponge.”

Based on the Series by Stephen Hillenburg
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Original Songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, and T.I.
And Songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley
Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton
Additional Music by Tom Kitt
Musical Production Conceived by Tina Landau



Running time: Approx. 70 minutes

 


This is a masked event. Masks will always be worn by all
staff and audience members, regardless of age.


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© 2019 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. Created by Stephen Hillenburg.

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Alice's Wonderland

June 21, 2022
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August 7, 2022

A World Premiere Musical

Alice's Wonderland

Book, Music, and Lyrics by J. Quinton Johnson and Julia Riew
Based on a treatment by Linda Chichester and David Coffman

Brilliant teen-coder Alice dreams of changing the world with her new video game, Wonderland. When Rabbit suddenly emerges from the screen and offers her an escape from reality, Alice takes the leap - and lands in her own virtual world. Adapted from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and featuring an original score inspired by Hip-Hop, Pop, Gospel, and contemporary musical theater, Alice's Wonderland is a new musical for all ages.

 

Running Time: Approx. 60 minutes

 

 

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Project Pride 2022

February 26, 2022
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February 27, 2022
Love Generosity Beauty Truth

Project Pride is a group of LGBTQ and straight allied teens creating theatre that gives voice to their experiences, culminating in a production that challenges the assumptions and celebrates the diversity of the participants and audience.


Join us for our Project Pride 2022 performance, a collection of hilarious and thought-provoking scenes created by Kansas City teens.

2 SHOWS ONLY!
Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
and
Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Performances held on The Coterie's Mainstage, located on level 1 of Crown Center
Tickets: $5.00 per person

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Special Event

March 5, 2022
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March 5, 2022
Special One Night Only Event

The Coterie, established in 1979, continues to be at the forefront of multigenerational theatre  reaching 82,000+ community members annually with our productions. Join us for our seventh  season presenting pivotal moments in our country’s social justice history. The Coterie is honored  to commission and present the world premiere of Only One Day a Year, written by Kansas City  native, playwright and journalist Michelle Tyrene Johnson. This play, directed by Nedra Dixon acknowledges Kansas City’s local history of racism.

Only One Day a Year was funded in part by a National Endowment for the Arts grant and was featured in the Kennedy Center’s 2020 New Visions /New Voices festival, whose purpose is to stimulate and support the creation of new plays and musicals for young audiences and families.

 

Only One Day A Year Celebration for Sponsors & Guests | March 5, 2022 7 p.m.

Join us as we renew our commitment to creating ground-breaking work and mission to expand  access by raising funds to bring The Coterie’s year-round educational programming, shows and  classes to underserved communities through the Kansas City Metro area. The evening will  feature hors-d’oeuvre and cocktails, scenes from Only One Day a Year, an exciting presentation  featuring first-hand testimonies from Fairyland patrons during the 1960’s, civic leaders and  community partners. By acknowledging our often-overlooked local and national history of  segregation, while sharing a message of change and reconciliation we will engage insightful  conversations about equity and inclusion in our city. Now more than ever, these conversations  are needed. Please join us as a partner in this important work.

CLICK HERE to find out more about becoming an Event Sponsor

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