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About

Operation: Show! is an improv comedy “competition” between KC metro area high schools. (OK, so really it’s more like a show about a competition, and everybody wins.) Participating schools enter a team, our professional coaches teach them how to play improv games, and they perform in matches for family, friends and fans.

Operation: Show! is a production of Seriously Playful, an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization created to teach improvisation to local students. Our status—and our supporters—help us provide programs to students and schools at no cost.

Seriously Playful also produces Operation: Playcation! our brand-new summer program, featuring workshops taught by our professional coaches and shows where our students can show off what they learned.

FAQ

  1. Question: What is Seriously Playful?

    Answer:

    Seriously Playful is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to teach improvisation to Kansas City Metro area high school students. The organization produces Operation: Show! a weekly competition between students from different schools, every fall and spring.

  2. Question: What is Operation: Show?

    Answer:

    Operation: Show! is an improv comedy “competition” between KC metro area high schools. (OK, so really it’s more like a show about a competition, and everybody wins.) Participating schools enter a team, our professional coaches them how to play improv games, and they play in matches for family, friends and fans. Operation: Show! starts a new season every spring and fall; seasons run about 12 weeks, and each team plays three matches. It’s free to students participating on a team, and tickets to the matches are $5. (We give 20% of profits back to the schools.)

  3. Question: What is Operation: Playcation?

    Answer:

    Operation: Playcation! is our brand-new summer program, featuring workshops taught by our professional coaches and shows where our students can show off what they learned. Participation is free to any student registered for the prior Spring or following Fall season. Tickets to the shows are $5.

  4. Question: Who can come watch?

    Answer:

    Anyone! Our shows are all family friendly and open to the public. Check out our Season information to see what’s coming up. Tickets are available at the door, and we take cash or credit cards.

  5. Question: How do I help?

    Answer:

    First of all, we love you already. What do you want to do? If you’d like to donate money, great...just click the DONATE button on any page. If you want to help with shows, bring treats for the players, or help out behind the scenes, we can find something for you to do.

  6. Question: How do I get my high school involved?

    Answer:

    Easy. Faculty members can sign up your team by clicking the SIGN UP button on any page. Team members must be enrolled at your school during the semesters they participate. Only one team per school is allowed. If you’re a student from a school without a team, find a faculty member to sponsor you (try starting with theater or forensics) and ask them to fill out our form at the top of this page.

  7. Question: Other Questions?

    Answer:

    For more information or with any questions, please email us at info@operationshow.org.

Testimonials

  1. My students have not only had a lot of fun, but they have improved communication skills, more confidence on, and off the stage, and an immense amount of training from professionals that will last a life time. They have met other high school kids from all over the city. They have made connections. They have made friends. The people at Comedy City have created a truly unique opportunity for our youth. They conduct themselves with great professionalism, but also truly connect with the kids.

    Kim, sponsor, St. Thomas Aquinas
    Kansas City, MO
  2. It’s a truly amazing program that works wonders on increasing creativity, individuality, and team work. Operation: Show! Is an incredible gift to everyone that gets to be a part of it.

    Will, player, Smallville
    Blue Springs, MO
  3. I’m such a believer in this program. I’ve seen kids really come out of their shells up on that stage!

    Amy, Will's mom
  4. I quickly came to realize that Operation: Show! provided much more than the chance for kids to come and just have fun on stage. It provided them valuable social skills, confidence in their decisions, and an outlet for them to express themselves.

    Clayton I.
    Co-founder, Seriously Playful
  5. I could go on and on about this group and the students. This organization gives these students a chance to learn a craft that most would not ever get exposed to. Watching the students perform from the first day of the semester, until the end of the year, I see them gain confidence, interact with positive adult role models, learn a ton about themselves and their peers, and hone a craft that could help them in nearly every aspect of adulthood.

    Improvisation helps people communicate effectively, confidently. It fosters a sense of community while working together toward a common goal. Improvisation teaches that learning new things can be fun and pushing the limits of creativity is a good thing. It teaches that supporting people and ideas is the key to success.

    These students, will fast become adults who think on their feet, solve problems and support new ideas. Isn't that what we want for our future generations?

    Clay M.
    Owner, ComedyCity
  6. Improv encourages creativity and collaboration, teaches problem-solving, and gives high school students real world experience on running a show alongside professionals. It's kind of magic. My favorite part of this organization is seeing these kids grow in confidence and ability as each season progresses. That-- and watching rival teams cheer each other on. These kids are so smart, funny, weird, and kind.

    Anne
    Operation: Show! Coach (full-time job: greeting card editor)

News

11/19: Cereal Killers v SharkBait & SCRAMBLE v Smallville

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11/19: LAST SHOW OF FALL 2017

11/12: Flatline v SCRAMBLE & Inside Joke v SCRAMBLE

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11/12: It's an All-You-Can-Improv Buffet!

11/5: Inside Joke v Mission Improvable & Upstage Northwest v Flatline

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11/5: November Remember That We've Got A Show This Sunday!

10/29: SCRAMBLE v Upstage Northwest & SharkBait v SCRAMBLE

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10/29: Something IMPROV this way comes!

10/22: Flatline v Inside Joke & Cereal Killers v Mission Improvable

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10/22: I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22...

10/15: Smallville v Cereal Killers & Inside Joke v Upstage Northwest

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10/15: Q: What do you get when you cross a Small Cereal and an Inside Upstage?

10/8: SCRAMBLE! v Mission Improvable & Smallville v SharkBait

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10/8: Sunday Funday Improv-palooza!

Cereal Killers vs Upstage Northwest and Smallville vs SCRAMBLE!

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First show of the Fall 2017 season!

10/1: SharkBait v Flatline & Mission Improvable v SCRAMBLE!

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10/1: Something Improv This Way Comes....

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