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 2017

Catholic School Girls by Casey Kurtti
Director: Julie Rae Mollenkamp
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Performances:
Feb. 17-19, 24-26
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

This satire of Catholic school life in the 1960's uses four actresses to play the nuns and the first through eighth grade girls at St. George's School in Yonkers. They experience bonds of friendship, reprimands from authority figures and pressures from home while dancing to the Beatles and the Supremes, watching the Addams Family, and reacting to the election of a Catholic president! Delight in this amusing portrait of girls maturing to the threshold of adolescence.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Mollenkamp is a decorated educator. Her one-woman performance piece, 'In Conclusive Woman,' premiered at the Ryan Repertory Theatre in New York June 2009.

This play contains mature themes. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please email Access Services or call 913-469-3234 to request services 10 days prior to the selected performance.


La Culebra by Pamela Gerke
Director:  Aubrey Urban               
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Performances:
March 10-12
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday noon & 3 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

This ancient story comes from the Aztec culture and shows what happens when a kind farmer saves the life of a snake. Although the farmer explains that if you do a good deed, good will come back to you in return, the snake disagrees and insists on asking the other animals to settle the disagreement. If the farmer loses, the snake will eat the farmer. It takes a donkey, a chicken, and a coyote to convince the snake that you should always do good deeds—but never expect something in return.

This children’s play is suitable for all ages.

Hundreds of KC-area parents and children have been exposed to the magic of live theatre through the JCCC Theatre Department's annual children's show, produced since 1985. In addition to the six performances on campus, the company of La Culebra travels to Johnson County schools and libraries on Fridays following spring break. The set, costumes and props have all been designed to be easily disassembled and transported, with the cast restoring the design at each location. All tour proceeds help support JCCC Theatre students through scholarships and funding of our yearly involvement in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

If your school or organization would be interested in learning more about booking the children's tour, please contact Professor Timothy Noble by email or by calling 913-469-8500, ext. 3982. There are still a few Friday slots available this spring!

Currently Scheduled Tour dates:

Friday, April 14
2:30 p.m., Antioch Library (Performance free and open to public)

Friday, April 21
11 a.m., Briarwood Elementary
1 p.m., Tomahawk Elementary


Assassins by Stephen Sondheim
Director:  Beate Pettigrew
Polsky Theatre

Performances:
April 28-30, May 5-7
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.
Added performance: Noon Friday, May 5

"Assassins" lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States and explores that dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

This play contains mature themes.  Recommended for ages 14 and up.