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2019-2020 Season

OCTA 2019-2020 Season Announcement

OCTA is excited to announce our 2019-2020 season!


OCTA is proud to offer two musicals, a haunting thriller, a thought provoking drama , and a classic comedy for the 2019-2020 season!  It’s our goal every season to select productions that are dynamic, entertaining, and exciting for both our audiences and local talent. We think you’ll agree that these five shows do just that!



2019-2020 Regular Season Shows


Season Ticket  $70 (Nearly a 20% Savings)
Seniors (55+)/ Students/Military  $16
Children (12 and under)  $14
Groups (8 or more)  $14 each

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 pm

Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 pm

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2019-2020 Season Lineup


Bright Star

August 30 – September 15, 2019

Inspired By A True Story

Music, Book and Story  by Steve Martin | Music, Lyrics, and Story by Edie Brickell

Directed by Julie Ewing

Music Directed by Ashley Jones


Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1920s and ’40s. When Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal, meets Billy Cane, a soldier just home from World War II, they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.



The Haunting of Hill House

October 25 – November 10, 2019

Adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie from the novel by Shirley Jackson

Inspiration for the hit Netflix Original Series!

Directed by Derrick Freeman


Four “psychically receptive” visitors arrive at the notoriously unfriendly Hill House in order to explore and draw forth the mysterious powers it is alleged to possess. Their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena, but Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. Get ready to scream out loud at this classic psychological horror story that has both wit and thrills.



Merry Wives of Windsor

February 14 – March 1, 2020

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by David Martin


Double-meanings, disguises, and dirty laundry abound as Sir John Falstaff sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. But the ‘Merry Wives’ quickly catch on to his tricks and decide to have a bit of fun of their own at Falstaff’s expense. A rollicking farce by the great Bard himself!



The God Committee

April 3 – 19, 2020

Written by Mark St. Germain

Directed by Nino Casisi


Medicine, money, and morality clash when the heart transplant selection committee of St. Patrick’s Hospital has only minutes to decide which of four patients will receive a heart that has suddenly become available. A cross between Twelve Angry Men and ER, The God Committee takes us into the inner workings of a transplant program and a decision, for both their candidates and their program, which is a matter of life and death.



Big Fish

May 29 – June 14, 2020

Book by John August | Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August

Directed by Jessica Franz

Music Directed by Baker Purdon


Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to become a father himself, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. …an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre.



2019-2020 OCTA Special Events:


Adults $10
Season Ticket Holders $5

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 pm


OCTA is Home for the Holidays

December 6 – 14, 2019

Written by Shelly Stewart Banks and Peter Leondedis

In loving memory of The Jan Conner Christmas Show

Directed by Shelly Stewart Banks


Peter Leondedis and Shelly Stewart Banks are back with an ever-changing cast of talented local performers as they come together to wait for the Spirit of Christmas to arrive and bring a little holiday magic to OCTA!  Each night will include something new and different and you won’t want to miss a thing. A fun, musical variety show for the whole family!



New Works Playwright Competition

March 6 & 7, 2020


Which of the five finalists of OCTA’s fourth annual New Works Playwright Competition will get a full-length workshop for their script? You’ll see short teasers of each script, then vote for the winner. Make your voice count and support the local playwriting community at the same time!




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.