OCTA Announces Our 2014-2015 Season

The Olathe Civic Theatre Association (formerly Olathe Community Theatre Association) is thrilled to announce our 41st Anniversary season of providing high quality, live entertainment in a variety of genres and styles for the Kansas City area. This year we build on our successful 2014-15 season with great musicals, comedies, and drama that will be sure to please.

Purchasing a Season Ticket Membership for the 2014-15 season entitles you to reserved seating for any regular performance, discounted tickets for special events, admission to our annual Buddy Awards, and a nearly 25% discount over purchasing tickets individually for five performances. 

We hope you are as excited about the new season as we are. Remember, privileges come with membership! Don’t wait. Be sure to become a Member today!

2014-15 Season

Unless otherwise noted on the reservations page, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Over the River and Through the Woods
By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Tiffany Garrison Schweigert
Sept. 5- Sept. 21, 2014

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job. The job he's been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn't sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family's love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O'Hare as bait…we won't give the ending away here.
--Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The Best Man
By Gore Vidal
Directed by John Robison
Nov. 7-Nov. 23, 2014

1960, Nominated for 6 Tony Awards, Including Best Play

The ex-Secretary of State is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of the eggheads and suspected by practical politicians.  Candidate Cantwell is a ruthless, hard-driving dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of ambitions. And then there is the ex-President, who loves politics for their own sake, admires a rough-and-tumble battler more than a chivalrous one, and is determined to have the final say in the selection of the party's candidate.  All of this provides the framework for vivid and riveting scenes contrasting the minds, emotions and fighting spirits of two political candidates in the challenging world of national politics.

--The New York Times

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol
By John Longenbaugh
Dec. 12-Dec. 21, 2014

In this ingenious meeting of two Victorian classics, Dr. Watson visits his old friend Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Eve, finding him in a dark and misanthropic mood, planning to retire from the dull work of solving crimes. But soon, Holmes is visited by the ghost of his great enemy Professor Moriarity, who warns Holmes that he is heading towards his own damnation and tells him of an upcoming visit by three spirits.
--Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)
By Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart
Directed by Nino Casisi
Feb. 13-Mar. 2, 2015

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. The basic plot: June is an ingenue who can't pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue? The variations are: a Rodgers & Hammerstein version, set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet; a Sondheim version, featuring the landlord as a tortured artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge for not appreciating his work; a Jerry Herman version, as a splashy star vehicle; an Andrew Lloyd Webber version, a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander & Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago. This comic valentine to musical theatre was the longest running show in the York Theatre Company's 35-year history before moving to Off-Broadway.
--Samuel French

God of Carnage
By Yasmina Reza, Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Darren Sextro
Apr. 10-April 26 2015

2009 Tony Award Winner, Best Play

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.
--Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Summerland Project
By Rob Merritt
Directed by Patrick Poe
June 5-June 21, 2015

A Kansas City Premier

When his wife Amelia suffers an aneurysm that leaves her bedridden and slowly dying, police officer Carter Summerland searches for a way to revive her. He’s approached by Wesley Enterprises about allowing Amelia to be the test subject for an experimental program that will place her mind in a new, artificial body — and out of desperation, Carter agrees. But is the result really Amelia Summerland? Or is it something else entirely?
--Summerlandproject.com

 

 

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