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Spinning Tree Theatre


Spinning Tree Theatre aims to produce works that celebrate and reflect the diversity of Kansas City itself by exploring a variety of cultures and art forms through theatre, music and dance.

Our goal is to present new, contemporary and classic pieces that are relevant, thought-provoking and entertaining. We hope to educate, challenge, stimulate and inspire audience and artist alike.

“Spinning Tree Theatre directors Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst have a knack for producing unusual theatre. They combine the best of Kansas City’s actors and musicians with cool venues and often quirky or edgy material. The fact that they’ve only been around for four seasons hasn’t fazed them at all. They have never shied away from a challenge…Kansas City’s little theatre company that could. ”
–Karen Hauge, KCMetropolis

August 2018


August 17, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Spinning Tree Theatre proudly opens the 2018-19 season August 17 – September 2 with the Kansas City premiere of Daddy Long Legs, the 2015 Off-Broadway musical based on Jean Webster’s 1912 novella. With book by John Caird (original director, Les Misérables) and music and lyrics by Paul Gordon (composer, Jane Eyre), Daddy Long Legs won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical. Daddy Long Legs tells the story of orphan Jerusha Abbott of the John Grier Home…

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November 2018


November 2, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Douglas Carter Beane’s 2013 Broadway play (with original music by Glen Kelly) originally starred Nathan Lane. New York City’s Mayor LaGuardia wants to clean up the city before the 1937 World’s Fair, and his target is burlesque. A nance was a stereotypical gay character and master of comic double entendre, typically played by a straight actor. What happens when our nance is gay…and has fallen in love? Kansas City premiere!

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November 2, 2018 - November 18, 2018
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January 2019


January 17, 2019 - February 3, 2019

Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) adapts her bestselling book subtitled The Secret Life of Girls Around the World into a unique theatrical experience: a fierce collage of monologues, chat sessions, songs (original music by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder) and dance. A call, a reckoning, an act of empowerment for women and teen girls…and potentially a wake-up call for men and teen boys. Kansas City premiere!

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April 2019


April 4, 2019 - April 20, 2019

Elton John (music) and Lee Hall (book and lyrics) adapted the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film into the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Follow Billy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever. Time Magazine’s Best Musical of the Decade.

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