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Current Season

The Theatre Department produces an annual season of plays, offering a variety of performance and technical opportunities for both students and community members. The season includes classic and contemporary works, musicals, and children’s plays. All academic productions are free to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. No tickets and no reservations.

Spring 2018

Production cancellation

The Blank Space: a devised theatre project was scheduled for performances March 2-4 and 9-11. 

Please note that this production has been removed from our Spring 2018 season. There will be no production in its place.

Fisherman and the Goldfish — Now on Tour!
Director: Aubrey Urban

Tour Times/Dates/Locations

Friday, Feb. 16: Brookwood Elementary (2 p.m.)
Friday, Feb. 23: Corinth Elementary (1:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 2: Apache Elementary (9:30 a.m. & 10:15 a.m.); Overland Christian (1:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 9: Oak Park Library (10:30 a.m.-open to public); Mahaffie Elementary (2 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.)
Friday, April 6: Brookridge Elementary (9 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.); Trailwood Elementary (2 p.m.)
Friday, April 13: Christa McAuliffe Elementary (1:30 p.m.)
Friday, April 20: Comanche Elementary (2 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.)
Friday, April 27: M.E. Pearson Elementary (2 p.m.)
Friday, May 4: Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch (6:30 p.m.-open to the public)

Appropriate for all ages.

Based on a Russian story by Alexander Pushkin, this is the tale of an old fisherman who catches a glistening, talking goldfish.  The beautiful fish promises the old man anything he desires, if he will just release the fish back into the sea.  The old fisherman is struck by wonder, and kindly releases the fish without making any wish or demand.  But when he returns home to tell his wife of this wondrous thing, she scolds him and sends him back time after time to the fish, with wishes for more and bigger things each time.  See what happens as the wife's greed gets the better of her!

In addition to performances on campus, the JCCC children's play annually tours to schools, libraries and other locations. If you'd like to book the tour at your venue, please email Professor Timothy Noble, tour manager, or call him at 913-469-8500, ext. 3982

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner
Dog Sees God by Bert V. Royal
Director: Guy Gardner
Polsky Theatre

April 27-29, May 4-6
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

This inventive concept will introduce audiences to two shows in one production. 

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is appropriate for all ages. Dog Sees God is appropriate for ages 16 and older. The two shows will be separated by an intermission, allowing younger audiences to see Charlie Brown only.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version.  

Dog Sees God takes us into the teenage years: when Charlie Brown's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group's bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful.

Fall 2018

Auditions for the first production of fall 2018 will take place at the end of the spring 2018 semester. All other fall 2018 productions will audition at the start of the fall 2018 semester. Please check our audition page for more details.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
(auditions May 21-22)
Sept. 21-23, 28-30
Bodker Black Box Theatre
Directed by Beate Pettigrew

Bus Stop by William Inge
Nov. 9-11, 16-18
Polsky Theatre
Directed by Matt Williamson

An Islamic Folktale, a children's play (writing in progress)
Feb. 1-3
Bodker Black Box Theatre
Directed by Aubrey Urban

Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies
March 8-10, 15-17
Bodker Black Box Theatre
Directed by Beate Pettigrew

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill
April 26-28, May 3-5
Polsky Theatre
Directed by Anthony McMurray