The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City has announced its 2017-2018 season at the White Theatre which includes a new partnership with the Coterie Theatre.
The 13th season of the White Theatre, produced by The J’s Arts + Culture Department, includes four locally produced shows, several musical concerts, a choreography showcase and a new artist-in-residence offering with the Kinnor Philharmonic.
17/18 Season (from the press release):
Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (local production)
November 4-19, 2017:
Directed by Missy Koonce.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a hilarious musical based on the classic Frankenstein story, with a Mel Brooks comedic twist. The musical is an adaptation of Brooks legendary film. With a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks, audiences will roar with laughter as they follow Frederick Frankenstein, the grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein. The younger Frankenstein travels to Transylvania to inherit his family estate and zaniness ensues, complete with a tap-dancing monster.
THE SARAH PLAY
Produced by the In[Heir]itance Project
December 2 and 3, 2017
THE SARAH PLAY is in the creative stages of The In[Heir]itance Project as part of a national series. Playwright Jon Adam Ross presents the story of the biblical matriarch, Sarah, in conversation with contemporary realities in Kansas City. Developed during workshops with local clergy, artists and community members as well as interfaith groups, The Sarah Play reflects local perspectives on sacred texts.
The J’s artists-in- residence, perform first of two concerts
January 1st, 2018
YIDLIFE CRISIS – LIVE!
Starring Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion
Creators and stars of the award-winning Yiddish comedy web series YidLife Crisis.
January 6th, 2018
YIDLIFE CRISIS – LIVE! starring Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, the creators and stars of the award-winning Yiddish comedy web series YidLife Crisis present a night of shtick, schmoozing and inspiration. This duo of seasoned performers mix skits, discussion, screenings and use the “trojan horse” of comedy to bring Yiddish and yiddishkayt to the forefront and engage the topic of Jewish identity for all.
THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (local production)
February 3-18, 2018
Directed by Steven Eubank.
THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a riotous musical ride complete with audience participation and comedic genius. This Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical features an eclectic group of 6 awkward tweens as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming ding of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.
THE MIRACLE WORKER (local production)
March 17-25, 2018:
Directed by Bill Christie.
THE MIRACLE WORKER, the Tony-Award winning play by William Gibson, takes the audience through the daily struggles of Helen Keller, who is blind, deaf and mute. With the help of her devoted and sometimes defiant teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen is finally awakened from the darkness in this emotional story. (Special school performances are available.)
Kansas City’s professional dance showcase, Open Stage at The J.
April 8th, 2018
WIESENTHAL, the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond”.
April 11th – 14th
Wiesenthal focuses on the story of one man, Simon Wiesenthal, who devoted his life to bringing 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Wiesenthal’s dedication to this one purpose – seeking justice for the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust – is the focus of the play. This production focuses on this courageous man’s wit and wisdom, tenacity and dedication to help repair the world.
Disney’s NEWSIES (co-produced with The Coterie Theatre)
Disney’s NEWSIES marks The Coterie and the White Theatre’s first partnership, as well as the Kansas City region’s first locally produced production of the Tony Award winning musical.
Disney’s Newsies, based on the 1992 motion picture, features a high energy, explosive song and dance score by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin,
Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). It will be co-directed by Coterie Producing Artistic Director,
Jeff Church, and Jerry Jay Cranford, who will also serve as choreographer, with musical direction by Pam Williamson, veteran of 10 musicals at the White Theatre. Disney’s Newsies will feature a cast of all-local professional and non-professional adult and youth actors. Auditions for Disney’s Newsies are set for December 17 at 2 p.m. at the White Theatre.
For more information on the 17/18 season visit TheWhiteTheatre.org.