Olathe Civic Theatre Association | 2017-2018 Season
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2017-2018 Season

2017-18 season features comedy, music, and more!  

Olathe Civic Theatre Association (OCTA) is excited about its 2017-18 season five-show lineup.


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“OCTA is thrilled to offer a dynamic combination of plays and musicals helmed by talented local directors. It’s a mix of shows guaranteed to provide a boundless variety of entertainment,” Ted Collins, OCTA Board President explains. “We are grateful to our patrons and season ticket holders for taking this ride with us. It continues to be an exciting time for our theatre!”



The 2017-18 season lineup is:


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Ruthless! – September 15 – October 1, 2017
Book and Lyrics by Joel Paley | Music by Marvin Laird
Directed by Jay Coombes | Music Direction by Tim Braselton

Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she’ll do anything to win the part in her school musical.  Her mother, fellow students, and the rest of the world had better watch out because nothing will stop her quest for stardom!! Cunningly spoofing classic musicals and campy films from Gypsy to The Bad Seed, this aggressively outrageous musical garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run.

“A spoof that has enough absurd plot twists and multiple identities to fill several old movies… The fun comes from the sheer brazenness!” – The New York Times

Due to strong language and adult situations, Ruthless! is recommended for ages 13 and above.

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Anne of Green Gables – November 3-19, 2017
Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the novel by L.M. Montgomery
Directed by Heather Tinker

The children’s classic brought to life on stage for the whole family! Don’t miss the timeless story of plucky Canadian orphan Anne Shirley, who forges a new life when she is mistakenly sent to a middle-aged brother and sister who’d sought to adopt a boy for help on their farm. Relive all your favorite moments from Anne’s feuds with Gilbert, the cake disaster, her adoration of Matthew, and the mistaken wine bottle, just to name a few.


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Violet – February 9-25, 201
Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley | Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Julie Ewing | Music Direction by Kevin Bogan
Based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts


A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home in Spruce Pine, NC to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. Set in 1964, this stunning show won both the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award as Best Musical for its touching script and show-stopping anthems ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel. VIOLET is the moving story of a courageous heroine you’ll never forget.


This inspiring contemporary musical is touching, funny and sometimes frank with moments including adult language and subject matter that might be inappropriate for younger audience members. We recommend VIOLET for patrons ages 14 and older.


“…an enduringly rewarding musical.” – The New York Times


This inspiring contemporary musical is touching, funny and sometimes frank with moments including adult language and subject matter that might be inappropriate for younger audience members. We recommend VIOLET for patrons ages 14 and older.

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Superior Donuts – April 6-22, 2018
By Tracy Letts
Directed by Diane Bulan

Inspiration for the new CBS comedy of the same name!


From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of August: Osage County comes this moving comedy-drama set in an Uptown Chicago donut shop. Facing age 60 and all alone, proprietor Arthur has his dreary world turned upside down by the arrival of Franco, an ambitious employee in his early 20s.

“…a funny and moving evening of theater…as fresh and tasty as a doughnut right out of the oven.” – BackStage


Unnecessary Farce

Unnecessary Farce – June 1-17, 2018
By Paul Slade Smith
Directed by Bill Pelletier

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. This fast-paced farce is a comic gem!

“…a bona fide gut-busting laugh-a-thon.” – Daily Herald (Chicago)


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About Olathe Civic Theatre Association

Olathe Civic Theatre Association is a 501c3 organization producing theatre in Olathe since 1974. Performing in the Buddy Rogers Family Playhouse, OCTA produces five high-quality, engaging, and thought-provoking theatre productions a year.


Through the generosity of volunteers, season ticket holders, donors, and the City of Olathe, OCTA has grown into one of the most progressive community theaters in the Kansas City metropolitan area.