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2016-17 season features comedy, original work,
music, and more!
Olathe Civic Theatre Association (OCTA) has
announced its 2016-17 season five-show lineup,
which will kick off August 26, 2016.
The season brings edgy comedies, original work,
and an award-winning Off-Broadway musical.
"OCTA continues to grow as a place that
provides new and seasoned talent with a forum
in which to nurture and produce projects they
are passionate about," Ted Collins, OCTA Board
President, said. "This season may be our most
enterprising yet with an original play and some
shows not often seen in the Kansas City area."
The 2016-17 season lineup is:
Altar Boyz August 26 – September 11, 2016
Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler & Michael
Directed by Guy Gardner
The beloved Off-Broadway musical comedy Altar
Boyz tells the holy inspiring story of five
small-town boys – Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan,
and Abraham – trying to save the world one
screaming fan at a time. Their pious pop act,
including lyrics like "Girl You Make Me Wanna
Wait" and "Jesus Called Me on My Cell Phone,"
worked wonders on the Ohio bingo-hall-and-
pancake-breakfast circuit. But when fate brings
them to New York, will the boyz take a bite out
of the forbidden apple?
One Man, Two Guvnors October 14 – 30, 2016
By Richard Bean
Directed by Rick Bumgardner
In this madcap comedy, the permanently ravenous
fish-and-chip eating Francis Henshall finds
himself working for both a gangster and a
criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in
a web of schemes, extortions, and romantic
associations. To prevent discovery, Francis
must do everything he can to keep his two
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever December 2 –
By Barbara Robinson
Directed by Lana Jensen
The beloved Young Adult book of the same name
comes to life in this hilarious Christmas
classic. A couple struggles to put on a church
Christmas pageant but they are faced with
casting the Herdman kids -probably the most
inventively awful kids in history. The Herdmans
collide with the Christmas story head on for
Poor Relations February 17 – March 5, 2017
By Robert Flaherty Hart
Directed by Tina Morrison
This original play by Kansas City native Robert
Flaherty Hart takes place in suburban St.
Louis, where decades-old secrets are uncovered
as three adult siblings navigate their changing
relationships and uncertain futures. When one
of the three comes into a substantial fortune,
will it soothe old wounds and lead to
forgiveness or drive a permanent wedge into
already shaky bonds?
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike April 21 –
May 7, 2017
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Nino Casisi
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a
home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and
complain about the circumstances of their
lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister,
Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.
Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to
threats to sell the house. Adding to the
ensemble are are sassy maid Cassandra, who can
predict the future, and Nina, a lovely young
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 successful
and progressive community theaters in the
Kansas City metropolitan area. For more
information, please visit us at
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